DiCamillo Companion

Blarney House

  • Earlier Houses: An 18th century Gothick style house was destroyed by fire in 1820 and replaced by the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Lady Colthurst

    House & Family History: Sir James St. John Jefferyes built a Georgian Gothick style house against the keep of Blarney Castle in the 18th century. In 1820 this House was destroyed by fire (the remaining wings now form a picturesque addition to the Castle keep). The Jefferyes family married into the Colthurst family in 1846, and, in 1874, Lady Colthurst decided to build a new house in the Scottish Baronial style. The new house was erected to the south of the Castle keep and remains the home of the Colthurst family today.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: At the same time the Jefferyes family laid out a landscape garden known as the Rock Close with a remarkable collection of massive boulders and rocks arranged around what seemed to have been druid remains from pre-historic times.

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Current Seat / Home of: Colthurst family

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir James St. John Jefferyes, 18th century. Sir Richard la Touche Colthurst, 9th Bt., 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No