Beaulieu Drogheda Co. Louth
Beaulieu is one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland. Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, it was designed around an old Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne, who was granted a Patent in 1666.
The house is a rare example of late C17th architecture in the Artisan Mannerist style, with a hipped roof, tall chimneys and delicate brick dressings. Fine interior plasterwork and a dramatic ceiling painting by artist Willem van der Hagen can be seen along side exuberant Baroque trophy carvings of musical instruments and weaponry in the Great Hall. A fine collection of family portraits, each with a story to tell, completes the decorative scheme, unaltered since the 1720s.
House and garden are open for guided tours between 1st June and early September, and by appointment for groups of 10, or more, at other times of the year. A tour guide will show you round with a tour lasting about 50 minutes.
The vibrant walled garden, with a double herbaceous border and south-facing terrace, is self-guided and contains many unusual plants and trees for the gardening enthusiast.