Ashley Park House was known until the eighteenth century as Rathone, ‘earthen fort’, a name derived from several Neolithic ring forts found in the estate. The first known reference to the site occurs in 1640 when the lands of Rathone were recorded in the ownership of John Grace of Ballylensey. At this time it appears that there was at least one dwelling on site, on the island in Lough Ourna. Another record of 1640 notes a thatched cottage standing besides an already ruined castle, or tower house, part of which still survives. By 1660 the lands had passed to an Englishman, Peter Foxwell, who lost them through the Cromwellian Grantees to a Samuel Wade.
The original house of Ashley Park is believed to have been built in about 1700 by John Head, a native of Waterford. In 1692 Head augmented his fortune by marrying Samuel Wade’s daughter, Elizabeth and, partly with her money, proceeded to build a gentry house on land to the north of the lough. Sadly, no illustrations of the original house are known to have survived nor any maps to record any formal layout which may have been around it.
Special Offers from Ashley Park
Ashley Park Country Home is offering a getaway break for you to try your hand at archery or fishing. Enjoy your day while being guided to the best fishing locations in the region.Feast on a delicious four course banquet after your day on the lake. During your stay explore the magnificent gardens and fairy trails at Ashley Park.
Total Price for a two night stay with either fishing or archery with dinner €250 per person.
A one night stay with dinner and massage €150 per person.
An afternoon golfing, dinner and an after dinner drink by the fire and a one night stay in the Four Poster bed room and a late breakfast next morning for €130.
Contact Margaret now to make your booking or visit Ashley Park