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Powerscourt estate and gardens


owerscourt Estate (IrishEastát Chúirt an Phaoraigh), located in EnniskerryCounty WicklowIreland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741.[1] A fire in 1974 left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996.

Originally the family seat of the Viscounts Powerscourt, the estate has been owned by the Slazenger family, founders and former owners of the Slazenger sporting goods business, since 1961. It is a popular tourist attraction, and includes Powerscourt Golf Club, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and an Autograph Collection Hotel.

There is also the Powerscourt House, Dublin, which was the townhouse of the viscount.

****Taken from Wikipedia