Seat of the Earls of Granard, Castleforbes is a magnificent castle situated about three miles from Longford town in county Longford Standing between the river Shannon and Newtownforbes, Castleforbes is a 19th century cut limestone structure. This spectacular castle was designed by John Hargrave from Cork.
The largest demesne of Longford Castleforbes has French style entrance gateway which is nearly about one mile from the castle. It possesses some narrow windows designed in the shape of an arch and few other windows showcasing the English style. Spread over a vast area, Castleforbes is a spacious house with exquisite gardens.
Castleforbes was built in the year 1624 by Lady Jane Lauder, wife of Sir Arthur Forbes. In 1825, the castle was partly burned but soon restoration was done. The complete decoration of the castle was completed in 1909, following the marriage of Beatrice, daughter of Ogden Mills of Strasburg to the Earl of Granard of the 8th century.
The castle comprises minaretted tower five stories high and this substantial and solid proportions are attached to the main house portion of the building. At the right angles of the castle is another similar building that forms a triangle without a base and the zenith of which is the tower. A line of stables run parallel to the northern wing of the building at the base of this triangle. In these stables, horses and carriage belonging to the Earl of Granard were kept.
The impeccable beauty of Castleforbes incorporating French and English styles, along with its interesting history indeed makes visiting this castle a memorable affair.
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