The aristo act: living it up in Lismore Castle
Fancy living like a duke or duchess? As an earl or countess? A lord or lady? You can savour aristocratic life in this Irish castle
Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour
Lismore Castle has hosted guests such as King Edward VII, above circa 1905, leaving the castle for a spin in a Daimler. Photograph: Hulton/Getty
An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to bring? A valet would be handy. The Irish Times really ought to keep up appearances.
But a quick check of the Golden Pages – and an initially promising entry for valeting in Waterford – led to a dispiriting business park on the Cork road offering a cleaning service for car interiors rather than the hire of a Déise version of Jeeves.