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Ballymacelligott, Tralee, Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Arabella House is a late Georgian country house, packed with many original architectural features and a distinguished history.
Arabella House is a late Georgian country house, packed with many original architectural features and a distinguished history. Dating from 1760 – 1770, the original house was built by Arthur Blennerhasset for Arabella, his wife. Afterwards, William Rowan (who later married Letitia Denny) lived here and it is believed his son, the historian, Archdeacon Arthur Blennerhasset Rowan, was born in the house. Dr. Bottoms was in residence in 1812. For 130 years, the house was occupied by the Peete family, beginning with Francis Peete, esquire in 1830. There have been two other occupants in recent times, before the present owner.
The striking character of the house, as it appears today, is due to extensive remodelling of the façade in 1833 when both bays were added. While restoration of the property is ongoing, several notable original features still dominate, including the cut stone Doric door case, the handsome double return staircase, decorative plaster ceilings and the principal rooms.
Arabella House is on a list of buildings/gardens in the State which, having received determinations from the Office of Public Works/Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism / Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government that they are of significant horticultural, scientific, historical, architectural or aesthetic interest and which have also received determinations from the Revenue Commissioners. Access to the public should be checked directly with the property owner /manager at the contact details provided.
The house will open on selected days throughout 2013:
Aug 17-25. Daily, 10am-2pm
To avoid disappointment please telephone for more information on visiting arrangements, times etc.