Emo Court is a quintessential neo-classical mansion. The famous architect James Gandon set to work on Emo Court in 1790. The estate was home to the earls of Portarlington. A Major Cholmeley-Harrison took over Emo Court in the 1960s and fully restored it. The beautiful gardens and parkland were presented to the people of Ireland in 1994.
Emo Court Mansion
Just an hour from Dublin, Emo Court House is a neo-classical mansion in County Laois set amid the ancient Slieve Bloom Mountains. Ireland attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond. Designed by noted architect James Gandon, it is a magnificent example of the neo-classical style, reflecting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
It is an old estate on 280 acres that features manicured gardens, seasonally stunning woodlands, and vast meadows that lead down to a striking man-made lake.
Attractions in Emo Court Mansion
- Some elements of the basic structure at Emo Court are faithful to the original plans of James Gandon.
- Emo Court is a nine-bay, two-story, and three-story over basement neo-classical house, with attics forming the end towers at each end of the house. The entrance front has a seven-bay center and is dominated by a pediment supported by four Ionic pillars.
- The rooms are richly decorated with fine carvings and ornate marbles, including four Connemara Marble columns in the Drawing Room.
- On each side of the towers, is an 18th-century frieze panel in Coade stone, on one side representing the arts and on the other representing agriculture.
- A larger doorway leads to the rotunda, The rotunda is the most splendid feature in the house and is the way into two of the major rooms and out to the garden.
- Walking through Emo Court provides stunning vistas of wild meadows, which are full of wildflowers in the Summer, colourful woodland, and, close to the house, formal lawns, hedging, statues, and parklands. Some of the lovely statues – symbolize Spring, Summer, Winter, and Autumn.
- The walk down to the man-made lake is a joy, it is full of wild rushes that harbour the native swan's nests and other birdlife.
- There is also an area where you can feed the swans and ducks, which is a fun activity if you’re walking down with children.
- Lots of locals use the facility, and it's filled with people from all walks of life, from wedding parties to runners, to local walkers, and of course tourist and family groups, although there is so much space, it never feels crowded.
- There are brilliant facilities in the park, as it is owned by Heritage Ireland, public toilets, tearooms, and guided tours of the house are available.
The staff of the Office of Public Works (OPW) now care for the estate and preserve its stately elegance for modern visitors.
Emo Court Tea Rooms
The famous Emo Court CaToCa tearoom allows you to enjoy a wonderful setting in a landscape unchanged since the eighteenth century. The emphasis is on quality nutritional food, complemented by an excellent wine/drinks list, specialty coffees, confectionery, and gifts. Take a moment to reflect on your experience at Emo Court with lunch alongside nature.
The Emo Courtroom is a spectacular mansion to visit. The lakes and woods are good for a nice walk around, a perfect getaway from routine life.