Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people now associate flatpacks with Ikea, but the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens was shipped to Dublin in parts and assemble(...)

Marlfield House: the Georgian property on the banks of the river Suir has high ceilings, Adams-style fireplaces, decorative plasterwork and a Richard Turner conservatory

A Georgian mansion and one of the great farming estates in Co Tipperary with planning permission for a hotel, 70 homes and a golf course goes on the m(...)

A bench by John Bielenberg based on a painting by Neil Shawcross. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Seat success

What a wonderful summer it’s been for sitting outdoors, savouring the almost forgotten feeling of warm sunlight on our faces. But the next time you se(...)

 The walled garden of Castle Durrow, County Laois

It’s safe to say that spring – after displaying an altogether shocking tardiness – has finally sprung, Now is the time to get busy sowing, hoei(...)