The Irish Landmark Trust has restored a Georgian house at 63 Fitzwilliam Lane in Dublin city centre for use as a holiday home.
The building is described as the only surviving intact example of Georgian domestic architecture in Dublin. The Irish Landmark Trust restored number 63 Fitzwilliam Lane in Dublin and can be rented for a city break.
The mews property is at the rear of a house on Merrion Square and has survived complete with stalls and a coach yard, which are used by the horses from the Garda Mounted Unit. The combination of mews and stables was typical of the Georgian city, but Dr Edward McParland from the Department of the History of Art at Trinity College, say that this one is unique,
In Georgian Dublin, I can’t think of any other single complete unit of house, intact garden, and mews which is used for its original purpose, horses and all.
The accommodation above the stables has been restored and conserved. Mary O'Brien, Executive Director of the Irish Landmark Trust, explains the task that faced them at the outset,
It was run down, it was damp, there were holes in the ceiling, and really, it was at the point at which if something didn’t happen to it, the rainwater, the water damage alone, was going to destroy it fairly quickly.
Number 63 is perfect for a relaxing city break in the heart of Georgian Dublin, as long as visitors don’t mind sharing the facilities with the other guests like the Garda horses.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 May 2007. The reporter is Philip Bromwell.