This beautiful ‘country pile’ is Castle Durrow. It was built between 1712 and 1716 as a family home by Captain William Flower who was the member of parliament for Kilkenny. He later became the 1st Baron of Castle Durrow and ‘Viscount Ashbrook’. It was built with elegant proportions and classical elements in a pre-Georgian style. It remained in the hands of the Ashbrook family for over 200 years. When it was sold, many of it’s hardwood trees were sadly cleared and sold for a quick profit. It later belonged to the Bank of Ireland for a time and was then used as a college followed by a convent. In 1998 it was eventually bought and lovingly restored with the finest taste by Peter and Shelly Stokes. It is now one of the most luxurious country house hotels in Ireland.

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