Posted by: danielfee | August 6, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-06-2012

Muckross House – Killarney, Ireland

Just a short drive from Killarney is the Muckross House, which is an imposing sixty-five room Victorian mansion that was built in 1843 in the Tudor Revival architecture style. It includes a museum of Kerry life with displays on the history of southwest Ireland. The elegant rooms are decorated with period furnishings. There are beautiful landscape gardens surrounding the house and a portion of the estate, just a short walk away, is the Muckross Farm which still uses traditional farming techniques. The mansion was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850’s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. It is thought that the cost of these improvements for the Queen’s visit were a contributing factor in the financial difficulties suffered by the Herbert family, resulting in the sale of the estate in 1899 to Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun who wanted to preserve the dramatic landscape.

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