Tarbert House is a Queen Anne/Georgian period building dating from 1690. It is still preserved in its original form with furniture and pictures from the same period. It symmetrical classical lines, with its square form, is repeated on all three floors.
Tarbert House was built by John Leslie and is a Heritage House recognised by Irish and European Authorities. It has remained the Leslie family home to this day.
Throughout the years some friend of the family and visitors to the house have included:
Daniel O'Connell, the Irish patriot. “ The Liberator “ was a friend of the family and amongst the House records is an historic parchment which is a plea to the British House of Commons in 1813 for Catholic Emancipation signed by bishops, politicians and other notables, including Daniel O’Connell & his brother.
Charlotte Bronte, the famous authoress spent part of her honeymoon at Tarbert House.
Benjamin Franklin, the American President come to visit Sir Edward Leslie as part of his effort to rekindle trade between Ireland and America.
Lord Kitchener, Commander of the Allied Forces in the 1914-18 War, lived on the estate. Correspondence relates how, as a boy, he came to the shore to gather seaweed for his mother’s bath to help relieve her arthritis.
Winston Churchill. His aunt Leonie Jerome married John Leslie and as a boy, Winston spent some of his school holidays at Tarbert House.
Dean Jonathan Swift. After a visit to Tarbert House, the famous Dean wrote these memorable words- “The Leslies have lots of books upon their shelves. All written by Leslies about themselves.”
Access to the house
Tarbert house is a Heritage House and is open to the public at specified times during May, June & July.
Tel 068 36198 for bookings.
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