North County: Boost for visitors to Newbridge House with €1.5m revamp
NEWBRIDGE House and Farm in Donabate is set for a €1.5m revamp to maximise visitor numbers.
The popular tourist attraction currently draws around 100,00 visitors every year to the Georgian Mansion and working farm.
Included in the plans is the refurbishment of the south range building which will host a tearoom.
A new pavilion structure to display the Lord Chancellors State Carriage will also be built.
The red barn on the grounds will also be transformed to provide a performance and exhibitions space.
Meanwhile, the hatchery will be relocated to a ground floor location, the tearooms in the demesne will be upgraded to provide a multi-function meeting room, and new toilets will be provided close to the playground.
It is hoped that work will begin on the buildings in October. The improvements are the second round of upgrades for the park since 2012. Initial works at the site saw the courtyard repaved and new toilets built for visitor use.
"The council recognises that the Demense needs significant investment if it is to fulfil its potential as a community and visitor resource, and at the same time protect the importance of the heritage of this site," according to a description of the plans.
The heritage site drew the attention of filmmakers recently, serving as the backdrop for Love and Friendship - an adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan starring Kate Beckingsale.
She was joined at the stately house by Stephen Fry and Chloe Sevingy for a three week shoot.
In the 1700s the house was the residence of the Cobbe family and is now under the remit of Fingal County Council.