Living in Celbridge from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, the grounds of Castletown House were a familiar riverside playground for my children. The house itself was a bit shabby despite thae best efforts of Desmond Guinness and the Irish Georgian Society, who save from bcoming a ruin.
Since its takeover by the state, there has been huge investment in a very sensitive restoration in terms of the house, the outbuildings and more recently the park lands, with the restoration of the lake and other original features. The grounds are open to the public free of charge and are a wonderful local amenity
Apart from the guided tours, there is a wonderful cafe in the old kitchens, and the stable yard has becoome and exhibition and craft centre. During the summer (May-Oct) there are free Sunday concerts by groups like the RTE Vanburgh Quartet.
It is a beautiful building in a stunning location. The OPW are to be complimented in saving and enhancing this national treasure