My blog has taken a different direction in recent months mainly because I've been so thrilled with the variety and selection available with Irish food producers and craftspeople. But I started Nenaghgal to cover a myriad of topics including travel, entrepreneurs, crafts people, food and of course, interiors which really is a core passion of mine. So today I wanted to return to that passion and show you some photographs I took while visiting Fota House this August with my parents and daughter. As I've mentioned before, both my parents are artists and I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History many moons ago - so art and architecture is part of my core make-up.
Fota House is a beautiful building that was re-opened to the public in 2009. It has gone through a very successful restoration process so far but with over 70 rooms in the entire house, there are still more to be done. Originally a hunting lodge for the Smith Barry family who lived in Britain, they came to Ireland for fishing and hunting. In 1872 the first alterations to the existing structure took place and they were finalized around 1897.
The library (seen above) is a gorgeous room with this striking red wallpaper which is in the process of being re-created so it can be restored.
A visit to Fota House is well worth the trip and on a fine day the gardens are lovely and of course, Fota Wildlife Park, another favourite place of mine is literally across the way. The tour of the house does take about an hour but I believe you will find it as fascinating as I did.
Do read up more on their website, but nothing duplicates the experience of taking a tour first hand.