Ballyglunin Park completes three-year restoration

Ireland: Historical Irish manor house Ballyglunin Park has announced the completion of its three-year restoration project.

The owners are now placing the property on the market as a luxury, self-catering vacation rental.

The manor dates back to the 1640s when its lands were granted to Martin Blake, Galway high sheriff, by Charles II. The original estate of 10,500 acres has been reduced but still retains 33 acres of parklands, gardens and ancient forests.

The manor itself is a combination of Georgian and Victorian architecture, with features dating back to the seventeenth century. The core focal point is the hotel’s ten-foot high stained glass window, which has been retained in the renovation.

Catherine O’Brien of Red Church Architects, a specialist in historic refurbishment, lead the renovation team’s efforts. She ensured the retaining of the historic exterior while modernizing the plumbing, electricity and safety systems, and adding conveniences like wifi and room-specific temperature controls.

Each segment features unique renovations. The main house includes an elegant drawing room, games room and a vaulted ceiling.

The building’s tower has added a sitting room with a circular bedroom and panoramic views of the natural property outside.

Ballyglunin Park has been the site of historic filming, primarily at the nearby station, where the 1951 film The Quiet Man was shot. It is currently also in the midst of a heritage refurbishment to become a community resource centre with genealogical services.

The house features seven bedrooms and caters for large-group rentals.

The property is available to rent now either online here.