Another well known land mark building in Ireland, Ballinlough Castle and gardens is a 17th century country house situated near Clonmellon, County Westmeath on a hill over looking two lakes. Home to the Nugent family, the ground floor houses a large drawing room with four first floor bedrooms, approached by a vaulted corridor above the chimneypiece in the drawing room. This piece is identical to a wyatt chimneypiece at Curraghmore in County Waterford. This was an extensive restoration project as the castle was in serious disrepair from roof to basement.
All roof works, which included replacement of the several pitched roofs and lead valleys (including brick chimneys), had to be carried out with great care and precision to restore this castle to its finest. Lead works and timberworks underneath had to be carefully taken out and replaced with new ones. All slates had to be re-nailed after remedial works had taken place.
A huge project of underpinning the south east wing had to be undertaken as the foundations had eroded away to seriously dangerous levels. All internal joinery and external joinery (i.e. windows) had been carefully taken out and restored.
The North Tower was leaning out of plumb, water ingress from the roof structure had caused severe interior damage and large fissures and render decay impaired the exterior. The Nugent family, with the help of the Georgian Society and Powderly Construction, nursed the castle back to health. The North Tower and the extension was made structurally safe and then replastered in lime, providing a stunning reflection onto the large lake.
The lime render on the outside had to be addressed as dampness was evident everywhere in the building. The most effected walls were concentrated on, cleaned down, and new lime plaster work using all traditional methods was used to replace the existing render. As you can see from the photos excellent finishes were achieved.
A true master piece brought back to life.
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