Kilmurry House is one of the finest country manors in Ireland. The Georgian house, executed in timeless Palladian style, was the birthplace and lifelong home of Irish watercolorist Mildred Anne Butler and inspired many of her finest en plein air paintings.
The great house itself, set within a private demesne in excess of 90 acres in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, dates from 1690 and remained in the Butler family until 1981. The current owners extended the home to 17,861 square feet with eleven bedrooms and eight bathrooms while retaining the order and symmetry of the original Georgian design.
The reception rooms are grandly proportioned and embellished with original details, such as ornately carved fireplace mantels and crown moldings. The orangery (once Butler’s studio) was restored to its original 18th-century dimensions.
The indoor pool is a contemporary addition with walls of glass that open to a sun terrace in summer and provide insulation in the winter. The courtyard cottage and original two-bedroom gate lodge could serve as guest or staff quarters.
Kilmurry’s grounds are a nature lover’s sanctuary offering ultimately peace and privacy in an idyllic rural setting. Beyond the resplendent two-acre walled garden is a serene lake surrounded by mature woodlands—a habitat for red squirrels, hares, hedgehogs, foxes, pheasants, otters, and a pair of nesting eagles.
Other delights are the children’s adventure trail and zip line through the woods. The remaining acreage is composed of paddocks and wooded pastures for horses and livestock. The estate is within a 20-minute drive of Kilkenny City and 1.5 hours from Dublin.