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Maintaining and modernising the house has been a labour of love for third-generation owners William O’Callaghan and his wife Aisling, your hosts at Longueville House near Mallow, Co Cork.

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Social & Architectural History      
Longuevilles beautiful view of the Blackwater Valley belies a turbulent history. The oldest section of this house was built in 1720 by the Longfield family, who always maintained they were of French  extraction and not Cromwellians. Current day proprietor William O’Callaghan is a descendant of original owner Donough O’Callaghan. Donough fought beside the Catholics after the collapse of the 1641 Rebellion and forfeited the land to Cromwell. At this time, when Richard Longfield was created Baron Longueville in 1795, the family changed the name of the estate to Longueville.  Richard was later rewarded with a Viscountcy, receiving a large sum of money as compensation for losing his Parliamentary seat. Hes believed to have used it to add two wings, stone parapets and a pillared porch.  Architecturally  Longueville is typically late Georgian, of five bays and three storeys over a basement. The central doorway retains its original door and large fanlight beneath a Doric portico.  On the East side, you find a fine Victorian conservatory of curved ironwork added in 1862, one of the last drawn up by Richard Turner, the greatest ironmaster and designer of glasshouses of the Victorian era. At the rear of the main house lies a large double courtyard,  neo-classical instyle,  containing a number of fine two-storey buildings, some have been converted into living quarters. Inside, the house is embellished  with ornate Italian-designed ceilings, a marble dining-room mantelpiece featuring a relief of Neptune in his chariot, rare, inlaid mahogany doors, and an unusual, full-height bifurcating staircase. Longueville House is elegantly situated in undulating parkland and is approached from the east by a curving avenue over an arched limestone bridge. In earlier years, the estate contained an artificial pond with a decoy, used for catching wild duck up to 1914, when it was outlawed. The majestic group of oak trees on the front field of the house was planted in 1815, to celebrate Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The estate also contains a 25 acre cider apple orchard used to produce on-site a medium-dry artisan cider, some which is double distilled into a remarkably delicious apple brandy cider spirit.

The Presidents’ Restaurant
At Longueville Guests may savour the freshest produce from the estate and surrounding areas, in original culinary creations cooked by chef and patron William O’Callaghan and his team in this renowned kitchen.
William trained under Master Chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quatâ Saisons, a two-Michelin-star restaurant where the menu is described as having a twist of imaginative genius. William has brought that twist without the stuffiness to Irelands south-western corner, with meat and game from the estate’s farm such as Longueville reared woodland pork, Longueville reared lamb, wild woodcock & snipe, fresh salmon from the Blackwater River, Longueville orchard bee hive honey, vegetables, fruits, herbs and oriental greens  come from the three-acre walled kitchen garden on the estate. At Longueville guests are assured of experiencing the freshest ingredients with a menu that underlines a field to fork policy. In one word “Provenance”. Even our water comes from our own water wells. Only the extensive New and Old World wine list is drawn from farther afield.

What a Difference a Stay Makes…Midweek Staycation from €129pp
Shed those winter blues, & treat yourself to a Memorable Overnight Stay in our Country House Estate.
This Midweek Staycation offer includes Early check in, Late Check out, Bottle of Bubbly in your Room on Arrival & Dinner for Two in our award winning restaurant.
You may check in as early as 2pm & enjoy a Bottle of Bubbly on arrival in luxurious surroundings. Take a peaceful stroll around our Walled Gardens & Enjoy the Peace & Calm of our Estate. After Dinner, laze by a roaring log fire in the Drawing Room.

Private Dining
Longueville House welcomes groups of 14-130 guests for either lunch or dinner, catering to all family or corporate occasions.
For special occasion private dining, Longuville House offers a variety of dining ambiances. With four different styled dining areas to choose from:

  • The Turner Room seats 76 Guests
  • The Presidents’ Room seats 40 Guests
  • The Library seats 14 Guests
  • The Chinese Room seats 18 Guests

 

For more information on all the activities available at Longueville House, follow this link;  www.longuevillehouse.ie/activities/