House of the Week: Splendour and grandeur in rural Longford

Viewmount House, which has been operating as a hotel and wedding venue, is on the market for €1.1 million

15th November, 2020
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Viewmount House, on the Dublin Road in Co Longford, has been extensively renovated

The most democratic thing that ever happened to property is the phenomenon of great country houses, home to generations of aristocratic families, reinventing themselves as hotels. Today, everyone who can afford to check in for a stay has the chance to experience standards of grandeur far removed from the lifestyle of the average householder.

In 1989, James Kearney, an accountant, and his wife Beryl, a career civil servant, decided to jump off a very steep...

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