Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo


One of Ireland's most historic homes, set amidst c.455 acres of exceptional parkland, lake and the Carrowbeg River with breathtaking views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick.


  • 10 Beds
  • Detached


One of Ireland's most historic homes, set amidst c.455 acres of exceptional parkland, lake and the Carrowbeg River with breathtaking views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick.


Westport Demesne is entered via Westport Quay One. Visitors may then meander up a tree lined avenue passing over several pretty bridges to pause and look at the view of the bay, weirs, rivers or the lake and then proceed onward to the gravel forecourt at the front of Westport House. The current house was built in the 18th century and stands as a two storey block with nine

bay front and two bay wings on either side. The central first floor window is flanked by roundels, below is a rusticated tripartite doorway with a wide

pediment extending over the door and flanking the windows, its tympanum contains the arms of the 1st Earl of Altamont. Below the pediment are carved satyr masks and at either end of the roof parapets is perched an eagle.

The Ground Floor contains the magnificent Front Hall which features the only surviving Richard Cassels designed interior of a Doric Frieze and coffered barrel vaulted ceiling. Its inner end opens to an imperial staircase of Sicilian marble which was designed by George Wilkinson and has metal work balustrades by Skidmore which took the place of the Library and was once an open courtyard.

The fireplace is George III Carrara marble which came from Wellbeck Abbey. The ornate parquet floor in the hall can be seen throughout the house. The Library and Ante-Library contain a Cassels fireplace and George III mahogany bookcases

by Gillows of Lancaster and were originally part of the Waiting Room. The Drawing Room off the Hall is of particular note with its 19th century sky

ceiling and ornate frieze which is contemporary to James Wyatt's alterations to the house. The Long Gallery which runs the length of the house and has

numerous windows was redesigned by Benjamin Wyatt, son of James Wyatt who designed both the fireplaces in this room. The Long Gallery leads into

the large Dining Room which was designed by Wyatt and has plasterwork characteristic of him on the ceiling and walls incorporating medallions of

classical figures. The doors are mahogany from the once owned family estate in Jamaica. Off this is the small Dining Room and Mahon Room. Down the decorative barrel celling passage containing exquisite stained glassed windows is the charming

Morning Room with its James Wyatt fireplace including his familiar cattle skulls into the design.

On the First Floor are ten Bedrooms, three Dressing Rooms and eight Bathrooms. The Blue Bedroom designed by Wyatt has a beautiful coved and raised ceiling which is decorated with fine garlands in low relief and the soffit with an oval rose. The Red Bedroom with adjoining Dressing Room is the Master and has fine mahogany Jamaican doors. The Chinese Bedroom is one of the most significant interiors in Westport House. It boasts very fine Chinese hand-painted wallpaper, the design of which is based on the story of the Willow pattern. The wallpaper depicts lake scenes, terraces, courtyards and figures playing games painted on a pale green background. There is no

repeat pattern so the room represents one continuous painting, a work of art in itself. The interior has been attributed to James Wyatt and was decorated in 1778.

Upstairs are three Attic Rooms which were once the Childrens Nursery. The extensive Lower Ground Floor is entered via an Inner Hall with an Oak Staircase which dates from 1778 and has an oval domed ceiling on pendentives with delicate plasterwork. Located downstairs, you will find the original Servants' bells, Kitchens, Pantry and Scullery, Servants' Dining Rooms, Wine Cellar, WC's and various other rooms. The North Wing contains a two Bedroom Apartment upstairs and flat downstairs. The South Wing also contains a two Bedroom Apartment upstairs and large Activity Room downstairs. A lift, in need of restoration goes to all floors. The main house has been granted full planning permission for disabled access. The house exudes history and its spacious rooms and high ceilings are flooded with exceptional light from the many windows with stunning views of the lake, the bay, the Atlantic and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick .

The house which is open to the public contains

many wonderful exhibitions including the waxwork

exhibition, the Howe Peter champion of the slaves

exhibition, the exhibition of Lady Sligo letters,

the Grace O'Malley exhibition, The last 50 years'

exhibition and The Article Room to name a few.

Lovingly maintained and restored the main house

was re-roofed four years ago. Westport House was

opened to the public for the first time in 1960 and

since then has welcomed over four million visitors.

Westport town is located on Clew Bay (with 365 islands) surrounded by scenic countryside and divided by the Carrowbeg River. The river flows through the town, with attractive tree-lined promenandes on either side.

The famous pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick, lies 10 km west of the town. The Quay, at the western end of the town was once a busy port. It now contains many restaurants, pubs and hotels, seveal of which are converted old warehouse buildings.

The coast of Mayo is lined with pristine white beaches, and around Westport there are several exceptional ones. In parrticular, Betra, Old Head, Carrowmore and Carrowinskey beaches are all Blue Flag and are located just west of Westport.

From Westport town centre follow the signs for the Quay as you reach the water veer right and the property is entered by the Gate Lodge.

Ganly Walters

+353 1 662 3255

8-34 Percy Place
Dublin 4
Republic of Ireland