Posted by: marthabernie | May 9, 2015


scan0046This image is from an old stereoview card and shows the “Drawing Room” of the Powerscourt House near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland.  The first house was built in the 13th Century, but the remains of the house that stand today were built in the 16th Century.  Queen Elizabeth I gave Powerscourt to a loyal soldier who fought on her behalf and he became Lord Powerscourt.  The photo above was taken sometime after 1900 and shows the opulence of an earlier Georgian Period but with the clutter of the Victorian Period.  Sadly, the house burned in a fire in 1974 and was sold.  It sat empty until 1993 when it was opened as a visitor’s center where Irish artisans have shops.  There is a restaurant, a visitor’s center, and a separate garden center.  The Gardens are also open to visitors and are quite spectacular, particularly in the spring and summer.  You can even walk in the family cemetery where there are many graves and the ruins of an old chapel.

powerscourt houseThis is the front of the house.  Photo courtesy of  Go to their website for more information.

powerscourt gardenThis is a view of the gardens from the back side of the house.  That’s the Sugar Loaf Mountain (pointed) on the right in the distance.  Photo courtesy of


  1. Nothing like being suffocated! 🙂 Very very fancy!


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