A mile-long avenue weaves its way through tall, lush trees – suddenly the trees clear and one of Ireland’s most stunning country houses stands before you. Welcome to Middleton Park House.
Built between 1840 and 1850, during the Great Famine, this historic house was designed by George Papworth, who was also the architect for Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin’s city centre as well as other stunning designs around the country.
The house was built for George Rochfort-Boyd, who was descended from the Earls of Belvedere. The Rochforts came to Ireland as part of the Cromwellian settlement and originally controlled vast estates in excess of 25,000 acres.
Middleton Park House was designed to be a technical wonder of its age. It had its own gashouse, where coal was converted to gas to fuel the boilers. The house has an extraordinary heating system buried in its walls, which circulated heated air.
It utilised the most modern materials of the time including cast iron beams for structural supports in the vaulted basement, instead of the usual timber.
Although constructed well into the Victorian era,Middleton Park House was built in a classical Georgian style, as opposed to the prevailing Victorian Gothic. Only the very best craftsmen and materials were used and it is a testimony to those craftsmen and materials that Middleton Park House has stood the test of time since then.
The house and estate remained in the Rochfort-Boyd family until the late 1950s, when it was sold. Since then it has seen many owners, the most colourful of whom was Barney Curly, who famously raffled it in 1986!
This is a wonderfully symmetrical Georgian property, lovingly restored over two years by its current owner.
From the plasterwork, which was re-moulded and set, to the wallpaper, which was recreated following the discovery of a piece of the original design in one of the rooms, every detail has been considered. The design allows brides and grooms to experience the best day of their lives surrounded by family and friends in a truly historical and much loved property.
The centerpiece at Middleton Park House is the stunning entrance hall and sweeping stone cantilevered bifurcated staircase – regarded as one of the finest in Ireland. The feature is simply made for photos and gives Middleton its wow factor and a real fairytale feel.
Middleton also boasts one of only six Richard Turner conservatories to be found in Ireland. Turner is best known for his conservatory design of the Palm House at Kew Gardens in London and his glasshouses at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. The magnificent example at Middleton of Turner’s genius and period use of ironwork is the ideal setting for photos and in which to entertain and impress your guests.
Middleton Park House accommodates only one wedding per day on an exclusive-use basis. This is their commitment to each bride and groom.
A special “Night Before Your Wedding Day” rate is also offered.
With a church just 10 minutes away in Castletown, Middleton is also licensed to hold civil ceremonies.
Wedding co-ordinators Shauna Fitzsimons and Jeremy Levasseur are on hand to provide a full planning and co-ordination service, so every last detail of your day will be special.
The Middleton team will be delighted to assist you with any issue as you plan your day – whether you are looking for advice on menu content, timing of events or anything else.
Whether you are planning a grand event or something smaller and more intimate, the team at Middleton Park House will take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy the experience to the full.
Around the gallery landing in the main house there are four suites, each with its own private sitting room and private bathroom. They offer splendid views of Lough Ennell and the beautiful wooded grounds.
In addition, 12 well-appointed bedrooms – all with private bathrooms – are located in the Bell Tower Wing attached to the main house.
All the rooms have been sensitively decorated with elegance and comfort in mind. Far from being intimidated by
the house’s stately grandeur, you will feel totally at home and in the lap of luxury.
The high ceilings in the drawing room, cocktail bar, library and banqueting hall display fine examples of handcrafted cornices and coving and give each room its own unique point of interest.
Wining & Dining
At Middleton Park House a wide choice of menu options are offered for your wedding meal. They pride themselves on the quality and choice available.
They are also happy to help in your choice of wines, with an extensive wine cellar to suit all tastes. A full bar is available and of course a bar extension is possible on your wedding night too.
A sample wedding menu might include: Pernod infused parsnip with spinach quenelles to start; for the main course: roast rack of lamb with champ mash and thyme jus, or fire-grilled jumbo prawns on Asian noodle salad with orange oil and toasted sesame seeds; to finish: fresh passion fruit cheesecake with raspberry sorbet.
With its fine-dining restaurant, friendly staff, gorgeous accommodation and historic setting, you’re sure to enjoy your stay at Middleton Park House. Their policy is simple – “that you have the best day of your life at Middleton Park House”.