DiCamillo Companion

Castle Howard

  • Earlier Houses: The current house incorporates parts of an earlier house on the site.

    Built / Designed For: Lt. Col. Robert Howard

    House & Family History: The 2nd Earl of Wicklow built Castle Howard for his brother, Lt. Col. Robert Howard, to the designs of Sir Richard Morrison, who was charged with creating a building that combined two very different styles: a castle and an abbey. The most prominent feature is the three-story tower, which gives the house a very definite castle air. The interior is noted for its fine brass-banistered spiral staircase. The Irish lawyer Ivor Fitzpatrick purchased the House and 200 acres for £400,000 in 1991. Castle Howard is just a few miles from the village of Avoca, the setting for the TV series "Ballykissangel."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The garden features the ruin of an old Norman castle, Roman busts, box hedges, and colonnades. In the grounds is the Castle Howard Equestrian Centre.

  • Architect: Richard Morrison

    Date: 1811
    Designed: House for Lt. Col. Robert Howard

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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. VI, 1823.

  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 70
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Current Seat / Home of: Ivor Fitzpatrick, since 1991.

    Past Seat / Home of: Lt. Col. Robert Howard, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Historic Houses Member: No