The Guinness family & Ireland’s premier accommodation for dignitaries

Farmleigh Estate is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City, and was originally a small Georgian house. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on his marriage to his cousin, Adelaide Guinness in 1873. Edward, the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, founder of the eponymous brewery, became the first Earl of Iveagh in 1919. The house began a transformation to the designs of Irish architect James Franklin Fuller who refurbished the existing house and added the 3rd storey. The interiors are a mish-mash of styles ranging from the Classical, Jacobean, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Georgian. The 78-acre estate was purchased from the Guinness family by the Irish Government in 1999 for €29.2m  and the house has since been carefully refurbished by the Office of Public Works. Farmleigh is now used as the premier accommodation for visiting dignitaries, guests of the nation, high-level government meetings and for public enjoyment.