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Wales

Dunraven Castle (Dunraven House) (Dunraven Park) (Castell Dwnrhefn)

  • Earlier Houses: The site of the 19th century house was the location of several earlier houses, the oldest of which probably dated to the 12th century. In the "Images" section there are 18th century engravings of one of the earlier houses.

    Built / Designed For: Thomas Wyndham

    House & Family History: It seems likely that the design of Dunraven, originally built as a hunting lodge, was based on Clearwell Castle, the Wyndham's Gloucestershire seat. The House was used as a military hospital during World War II, after which it served as a hotel, before being demolished in 1962 (the ruins of the foundations remain).

    Collections: The Drawing Room at Killruddery, Co. Wicklow, has a fine gilt mirror over the fireplace that came from Dunraven; the mirror came with the wife of the 13th Earl of Meath, a Wyndham-Quin and daughter of the 4th Earl of Dunraven.

  • Architect: George Devey

    Date: 1886-88
    Designed: Enlarged House

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    Architect: Egbert Moxham

    Date: 1858
    Designed: Remodeled House for Caroline Wyndham

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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. V, 1822.

  • Title: Great Irish Houses and Castles
    Author: O'Brien, Jacqueline; Guinness, Desmond
    Year Published: 1992
    Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    ISBN: 0810933659
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Londres family of Ogmore. Arnold Le Boteler, 12th century. Butler family. Vaughan family, 16th century. Wyndham family. SEATED AT 19TH CENTURY HOUSE: Windham Henry Quin, 2nd Earl of Dunraven, 19th century; Edwin Wyndham-Quin, 3rd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

    Ownership Details: The Castle garden is owned and operated by Vale of Glamorgan Council and open to the public.

  • House Open to Public: House Demolished - Grounds Open to Public

    Historic Houses Member: No