Look Inside… The Duke Of Westminster’s Country Estate

By Martha Davies

2 weeks ago

Check out this ravishingly regal home


Wondering where, exactly, British aristocrats call home? This handsome country manor was once owned by the second Duke of Westminster – and it’s just as breathtaking as you might expect.

This Country Estate Was Once Owned By The Duke Of Westminster

Living room with cream and gold sofas, yellow drapes a chandelier, and gilt detailing on the walls.

Encompassing nearly 290 acres of land, three cottages and a 10-bedroom manor, Fortwilliam Estate is nothing short of spectacular. Perched on the banks of the River Blackmore in County Waterford, Ireland, the estate dates back to the 18th century, when it was acquired by the esteemed Gumbleton family before being rebuilt by renowned architects James and George Pain (who were responsible for other historic buildings like Adare Manor). 

Wood panelled dining room with navy chairs and a cream and navy patterned rug.

The stunning property certainly has a rich history: in 1946, the estate was bought by Hugh Grosvenor, second Duke of Westminster – one of the richest men in the world at the time. It eventually passed on to a string of other notable figures (including Mrs Murray Mitchell, an American socialite who ran a donkey sanctuary there in the 1990s).

Front view of Fortwilliam House, with farm animals grazing

Back in 1946, the Duke of Westminster reportedly paid £10,000 for the estate – but it’s now worth a hefty  €10 million (approximately £8.5 million). Enter the magnificent Fortwilliam House and you’ll find a whole host of incredible spaces, from the grand entrance hall to the dining room, drawing room and huge country-style kitchen. There are plenty of luxurious features throughout: think wood panelling in the billiard room and gilt detailing in the four reception rooms. 

Sitting room with gold drapes and a chandelier

Four bathrooms and six bedrooms (including a gorgeous principal suite) occupy the first floor, with an office and wine cellar on the level below. Four further bedrooms and three bathrooms are tucked away in a separate wing, but this can be incorporated into the main house if required.

View of Fortwilliam House from beyond iron gates

Outside, you can enjoy views of the lush parkland surrounding the property, or check out two of the three additional cottages, which are located on the stable yard. The third – a newly-renovated coach house – overlooks a picture-perfect walled garden.

With a fascinating story and opulent interiors to boot, this really is a country home like no other. We’d expect nothing less from a Duke…

Fortwilliam Estate is on the market with Knight Frank. knightfrank.com