To What Purpose?


Located on a rise in the woods at Meares Court, County Westmeath stands the remains of – what? Most of the buildings on the estate date from c.1760, although the core of the main residence incorporates a much older tower house. This structure is presumably later, its interior accessed via an arched door leading into a space lit by a pair of similarly substantial arched windows that offer views over the landscape. The remains of a summer house perhaps?

8 comments on “To What Purpose?

  1. korhomme says:

    Could be a summer house, somewhere for the ladies to retreat to to ‘take tea’, or perhaps a reading room/library. Was there really an upper floor, as the window over the door suggests?

    Do the windows overlook anything, a view? South facing?

  2. My instinct is a folly/tea house/destination for an afternoon walk: it looks south-west and the land drops in front…

  3. Peter Davidson says:

    It seems a little plain for a folly — it’s very like some of the plainest chapels on Scottish estates, but perhaps that wouldn’t work for Ireland?

  4. Peter says:

    I think that the niche opposite the entrance is the key to its original use. The stonework around the niche looks original as well.

  5. Deborah Sena says:

    After reading this I went online to read more about Meares Court and found a real estate listing for it that states, ” Constructed in the mid 1700’s, Mearescourt House is one of the few Georgian properties in County Westmeath.” Thought that statement was a little severe? Do they mean extant or available?

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