This photo is of one of the doors into Lismore Castle in County Waterford, of course it’s not the main door of the castle, that door was open and I didn’t manage to get a good shot as there were many people milling around. This castle is one of the residences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,and has been in their family since 1753.
The castle is not usually open to the public, except for a few charity events. Last Sunday was one such day, and we went to a fund raising Devonshire tea in the Great Hall. Devonshire tea, also known as cream tea, is usually tea or coffee taken with a scone served with clotted cream and jam.
The castle itself has had a lot of famous visitors over the years, including Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele Astaire was married to one of the Cavendish family, and she lived in the castle from 1944 to shortly before her death in 1981. John F Kennedy was another visitor to the castle in his younger years before he became President.
There were many other well known (even famous) visitors, as can be seen from the visitors’ book. There is Lucian Freud, Diana Mosley (another Mitford sister), poet John Betjeman, writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, photographer Cecil Beaton and actor Dominic West. Anybody can rent out the castle, see the link if you are so inclined, though I haven’t enquired about the cost. We were told though that the place is rented for about 20 weeks every year!
old door at Lismore Castle
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors