Westport House, Westport

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Westport House in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, is a well known Irish tourist attraction, owned by the Hughes family, who own a number of businesses in the west of Ireland. Until January 2017 it was the ancestral seat of the Browne family, whose head was the Marquesses of Sligo. The title and the house were separated in 2014, following the death of the 11th Marquess of Sligo, who left the estate to his five daughters. His titles passed to his first cousin, Sebastian Ulick Browne, a residential real estate agent in Australia. It was built by the Browne family in the 18th Century, near the site of an O'Malley castle. The architects were Richard Cassels, who built (1730) the east section of the house facing the town, and later James Wyatt, who built the other three façades to form a quadrangle. Later the quadrangle was filled in with a grand staircase. North and south wings were added to the designs of Benjamin Wyatt. The south wing, which contained a library, was burned soon after it was built due to a defect in the heating system. It was subsequently rebuilt.
A model farm was built in the demesne in the early part of the 19th century with accommodation for housing animals and animal feed.
The remains of an old boathouse open to the sea.
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  • The Westport House tour was great and the grounds are amazing! So much history and interesting insights into life in Ireland during George IV's reign. There was information regarding slavery in... 
    The Westport House tour was great and the grounds are amazing! So much history and interesting insights into life in Ireland during George IV's reign. There was information regarding slavery in...  more »
  • I went to westport house today with 4 family friends. I was so impressed with the staff and in particular the young staff who were so friendly helpful and polite. We had a great day on the flume... 
    I went to westport house today with 4 family friends. I was so impressed with the staff and in particular the young staff who were so friendly helpful and polite. We had a great day on the flume...  more »
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  • Have to say this was a very good day out. It wasn't crazy busy so no queues. Very pleasant staff who I have to say seemed very happy at their work. Nice weather which was a massive bonus. Would have been expensive had it turned wet.
  • We went on the tour of the house and I have to say John and Darren were both exceptional. I've done alot of guided tours around the country and this was definitely one of the best. It was so interesting and informative and John was so engaged with the guests. I really enjoyed that after the guided tours guests were able to browse around themselves but both John and Darren were at hand to answer questions or give more information and insight into the history of this amazing building. Will definitely be doing this again the next time we are in Mayo.

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