Emo Court House and Gardens
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Emo, Laois, Republic of Ireland
Originally designed for the Earls of Portarlington, Emo Court dates back to the late 18th Century. The neo-classical style house, which is located in County Laois, is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland.
Located in County Laois, Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington. It is a magnificent example of the neo-classical style. During the middle of this century, it was owned by the Jesuits and was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley Harrison in the 1960s.
The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, which were first laid out in the 18th Century. The gardens contain formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks with many very fine trees and shrubs. The house and gardens were taken into state ownership in 1994. The extensive grounds, littered with Greek statues, contain over 1000 different trees, including huge sequoias, the world’s largest single trees and shrubs from all over the world. Enjoy a picnic or a long walk through the woodlands to Emo Lake.