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Pocket Guide: Rathdrum Avondale House Hotels

For those with a love of history booking a hotel close to Avondale House is a must. Fortunately Avondale House is situated in the centre of the county so most hotels will offer relatively easy access to it.

Visiting Avondale House

Avondale House is more than just a delightful stately home. It is set in a magnificent forest that covers more than 500 acres and it is also a place of historical importance.

It was here, on the outskirts of the village of Rathbone, that Charles Stewart Parnell was born in 1846. Parnell (1846-1891) was one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. He was an Irish landlord, a nationalist politician, land reform agitator, and the founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

William Gladstone, no less, described Parnell as one of the most remarkable people he had ever met: there are plenty of opportunities to learn all about Parnell and his times in Avondale House. On arrival you can watch a specially commissioned audio visual presentation about the history of the house and the Parnell family.

This beautiful Georgian house was designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777. It has been finely restored and now contains many original pieces of furniture.

The American Room in the house is dedicated to another illustrious member of the Parnell family: Admiral Charles Stewart who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war.

<P>Other facilities available in the house include a licensed cafe and a book shop. It is the outside that really delights, however. In the large forested area there are picnic spots, a children’s play area, three orienteering courses and walking trails that last between one to five hours.

Hotels for Avondale House

You have a wide choice of hotels to stay in for visiting Avondale House in County Wicklow. Whether you are looking for a luxury five star hotel, a pet-friendly hotel or a family hotel you will be able to find a great deal on your booking with Expedia.

Situated in the centre of the county Avondale House is easy to reach from any part of Wicklow. Whether your hotel is in the undulating rural landscapes of the south, the more rugged north or the coastal splendour around Brittas Bay the stately home will never be more than about half an hour away by car.