Places to Stay | Co. Kildare, Ireland
A wonderful hideaway for two.
Castletown is Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian style house, built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland.
Gate lodges marked the end of each avenue at Castletown. The most interesting of these lodges is the Batty Langley Lodge situated on the old Dublin entrance to Castletown House, now a quiet country lane.
It is far removed from the hustle and bustle of normal everyday life. A perfect place to relax while still being able to get in to Dublin City within an hour.
The façade of the lodge was added to the existing rectangular cottage in 1785 and was based on a design for a ‘Gothick Temple’ taken from Batty Langley’s book “Gothic Architecture”. Thus the lodge became known as the ‘Batty Langley Lodge’.
Situated far from the town of Celbridge and on the very edge of the estate, the buildings privacy made it a suitable location for the privileged nobility to indulge their fantasies and escape to the lodge to don the mask of domestic simplicity.
It is due to the generosity of OPW – both financially and by partnership with Irish Landmark Trust – that this building is available for guests. If you’re thinking of holidaying in Co. Kildare this self catering accommodation could be just the treat.
Address: Batty Langley Lodge, Leixlip, Co.Kildare Ireland