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Fortwilliam Manor House & Estate for Forty Guests

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An Irish country estate, a historic manor house and cottages providing luxury accommodation on the infamous river Blackwater, in Lismore, Co Waterford. The estate nestles on a stretch of the south bank of the river upstream from Lismore Castle. We offer an exclusive environment in which privacy and discretion are assured. Experience fishing for a salmon, canoeing, hot air ballooning over Lismore Castle, or simply the warmth of open log fires in the comfort and luxury of Irish country living.

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Described as a getaway country retreat Fortwilliam Estate is a special place. Exuding peace, gentleness and tranquility, this is a place where one can unwind and refuel in a secluded retreat in a unique setting.
Whether you are planning on touring the wonderful heritage town of Lismore or visiting one of the many attractions or amenities of beautiful West Waterford you’ll return to a luxury hideaway.
Lismore Castle and Gardens, The Waterford Greenway Cycling Trail, blue flag beach at Clonea Strand , the Commeragh Mountains and the picturesque towns of Lismore, Dungarvan and Ardmore , are all close by. The area is regarded as one of the most scenic in the country and coupled with the friendliness of the people makes it a very desirable destination.
We welcome all family members to Fortwilliam, our properties are pet friendly, there are kennels on the estate and stabling is available in the courtyard.
The Fortwilliam Private Fishery offers three and a half miles of double bank wild salmon and trout fishing on the Blackwater river and includes the infamous Lismore Castle beat. Our beats provide a wide variety of water, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced fishermen.
The fishery enjoys the private and tranquil surroundings of Fortwilliam Estate which extends to four hundred acres.
Our facilities include:
•Casting pond well stocked with Trout.
•Good vehicular and boat access.
•Well maintained paths and riverbanks.
•Fishing huts.
•Rod licences, tags and beat maps.
•Rod room and freezer storage.
•Tackle Hire & Wader
•Under 16 years old fish for free when accompanied.
•Ghillies

Guests have access to our 4km estate walks, walled garden and the tennis courts.
We are happy to host family events, small weddings, birthday parties for our guests.
Bicycle hire and picnic's can be arranged on request.
We can organise the following activities (depending on availability) at an extra charge.
1. Hot Air Ballooning
2. Tennis Lessons
3. Introduction to Wild Salmon Fishing
4. A day’s exclusive fishing on the river Blackwater with ghillie services.
5. A clay pigeon shoot.
6. Art Workshops
7. A cocktail master class with Blackwater Distillery.
8. A tour and tasting at the Blackwater Distillery.
9. Cycling on the Waterford Greenway , including a pickup and drop back
to Fortwilliam.

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Guests will have access to our 4km estate walks, walled garden and the tennis courts.
Fishing is also available on the estate (at an additional charge) , we can tailor make packages including tuition, rod hire and ghillie services to meet our guests requirements.

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Located a couple of miles west of Lismore and on a superb site above the Blackwater river, Fortwilliam has an interesting story to tell.
The Gumbleton family originally from Kent purchased the land on which Fortwilliam now stands in the early eighteenth century. The land was left to the youngest son William Conner Gumbleton who in the early part of the nineteenth century built a house on the land. This was named after himself – Fort William.
William Gumbleton died an unmarried man and therefore left his beloved Fortwilliam to his nephew, John Bowen Gumbleton. In 1836, this nephew demolished the existing house and the current Fortwilliam house was built.
Fortwilliam was erected to the designs of those prolific brothers James and George William Pain, both of whom worked as apprentice architects for John Nash in London before moving to Ireland. The Pains produced houses in whatever style was requested by their clients and at Fort William they came up with a benign form of Tudor Revival.
Faced in local sandstone which has a wonderfully mottled appearance, the exterior is ornamented with an abundance of gables and pinnacles and angled chimneys but these are decorative flourishes on what is essentially a classical building, as can be seen by the regular sash windows.
Their main residence – once called Castlerichard but later renamed Glencairn – lies a little further upriver. The property on that site was substantially transformed around 1814 by John Gumbleton’s father into fashionable High Gothic (complete with faux cloister) and this may be the explanation for Fort William’s appearance: in every sense a chronological continuation of the parent house.
On John Bowen Gumbleton’s death in 1858, the estate was inherited by his son 17-year old John Henry but he died at sea eight years later in 1866. It then passed on to John’s daughter Frances. By 1910, Frances was living abroad and rented Fortwilliam to Lt-Col. Richard Keane, whose older brother is Sir John Keane of nearby Cappoquin. Frances Gumbleton died in 1914; however the Keane family continued to rent Fortwilliam until 1925 when Lieutenant Colonel Keane died.
Richard Keane and his wife Alice ‘had two cars, one of which – replete with a cocktail cabinet – was commandeered by the IRA during the War of Independence and never returned.’ Furthermore during the subsequent Civil War the servants’ wing at Fort William was occupied by Free State troops; this may help to explain why Sir John Keane’s house was burnt out in 1923 by the opposition.
Richard Keane died in 1925 following the accidental discharge of his shotgun, at this time, the property had been inherited by Frances’ nephew, John Currie, and seven years later he went on to sell it to Mr Paddy Dunne. He continued the established pattern of renting the house; among the tenants at this time was Adele Astaire, sister of Fred, who in 1932 had married Lord Charles Cavendish, younger son of the ninth Duke of Devonshire; for centuries the Devonshires have owned the neighbouring estate of Lismore Castle.

Eventually in 1944 the Gumbleton family bought Fortwilliam back before selling it once more in 1946, this time to Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster for £10,000
This was the famed Bend’Or, one-time lover of Chanel who following the failure of his third marriage had fallen in love with Nancy Sullivan, daughter of Brigadier-General Edward Sullivan.
The duke bought Fort William as an Irish fishing and horse-riding retreat, but mostly as a way to woo and wed Ms Sullivan, who was 30 years his junior. An outstanding horsewoman she had grown up in Glanmire on the outskirts of Cork city. He grew up in Grosvenor House in London and, as well as Fort William, owned estates in Cheshire and Scotland.
A daughter from his first marriage, Lady Ursula Grosvenor, together with her second husband Major Stephen Vernon lived at Fairyfield outside Kinsale, County Cork.
The Duke certainly spent time in the house the dining room panelling is said to have come from the interior of one of his yachts and he is also believed responsible for installing the French painted and gilded bosieries in the drawing room.
Following his death in 1953 his widow (who only died in 2003) retained Fort William but spent the greater part of her time at Eaton Lodge, Cheshire where her stables held many fine racehorses, not least Arkle who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times in succession. She included the British Queen Mother among her close friends.
Fortwilliam was briefly the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Drummond-Wolfe .
Fort William was sold again in 1969 to an American couple, Murray and Phyllis Mitchell.
Following her death, it was bought by Ian Agnew, one-time Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s. Ian acquired the place on a whim but he had strong Irish connections through his mother, Ruth Moore who had grown up at Mooresfort, County Tipperary. The Moores were an old Roman Catholic family. Ian’s great-grandfather, Arthur Moore was created a Papal Count in 1879; the previous year he had provided most of the funds necessary to establish the Cistercian monastery of Mount St Joseph outside Roscrea, County Tipperary. Curiously Glencairn, the estate immediately adjacent to Fort William is today occupied by Cistercian nuns.
Ian’s maternal grandmother, Lady Dorothie Feilding, was a much decorated volunteer nurse and ambulance driver during the First World War, in September 1916 she became the first woman to be awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. After she died in 1935 her husband Captain Charles Moore moved to England to become manager of the Royal Stud. Continuing those links, Ian’s father Sir Godfrey Agnew was for 21 years Clerk of the Privy Council.
Ian Agnew went to enormous trouble to restore and modernise Fort William while ensuring none of the patina it had accumulated was lost. The outcome was a house of tremendous comfort and warmth, very much a reflection of his personality and that of his beloved wife Sara. After Ian’s death in 2009 his wife Sarah had been literally holding the fort, and continuing the tradition of abundant hospitality already established while her husband was alive.
In 2013 Sarah Agnew decided to return to the UK and Fortwilliam was acquired by its current owner.
An Irish country estate, a historic manor house and cottages providing luxury accommodation on the infamous river Blackwater, in Lismore, Co Waterford. The estate nestles on a stretch of the south bank of the river upstream from Lismore Castle. We offer an exclusive environment in which privacy and discretion are assured. Experience fishing for a salmon, canoeing, hot air ballooning over Lismore Castle, or simply the… aqra iktar

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Fortwilliam Estate, County Waterford, l-Irlanda

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Ingħaqad fi Ġunju 2017
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We are happy to host family events, small weddings, birthday parties etc for our guests at an additional charge.
Bicycle hire and picnic's can be arranged on request.
We can organise the following activities (depending on availability) at an extra charge.
1. Hot Air Ballooning
2. Tennis Lessons
3. Introduction to Wild Salmon Fishing
4. A day’s exclusive fishing on the river Blackwater with ghillie
services.
5. A clay pigeon shoot.
6. Art Workshops
7. A cocktail master class with Blackwater Distillery.
8. A tour and tasting at the Blackwater Distillery.
9. Cycling on the Waterford Greenway , including a pickup and drop back
to Fortwilliam.



Irish hospitality at best in a great location
Review of Fortwilliam Estate and Fishery

Communication from the start was very good with great advice on the fishing from Paul and a fairly last minute change to my booking accommodated without any problem.

Due to a late ferry I arrived on the Estate at 6am. No problem (a regular response!) as someone would come along to give me keys and show me to my room and generally around the accommodation. My room and every other area was finished to a very high standard and spotlessly clean. The ladies who look after the accommodation are brilliant and we shared a few laughs.

The salmon fishing was tough with a spate n the middle but I managed a fish to the fly (size 10 cascade) on the first day and there is time yet as I’m just about to head out for my last day! The beats themselves are varied and all come with a variety of water and plenty of pools suitable for the fly, spinning or presenting whichever you fancy. As ever it’s well worth booking a ghillie to find out the main holding areas. You won’t regret it as Chris is superb and not only got me on holding areas but also improved my casting.

If you’re not fishing it’s still worth walking by the river to spot the otters and kingfishers of which I saw many amongst lots of butterflies and other wildlife.

If you want a relaxed, scenic break with or without great fishing which is all hosted by one of the best bunch of people you could ever come across then Fortwilliam on the Munster Blackwater is the place to be. I’m already planning my second visit...

Thanks Sinead, Paul and Chris fur such a brilliant experience.
Date of experience: September 2019

Another review from a recent guest.

We had an excellent time and Chris was brilliant. I think we learnt more from him in the week than we have during three trips elsewhere. We both managed to land two grilse apiece plus one sea trout. Our first salmon anywhere.
Fisherman’s Cottage was ideal and very relaxing. Also, being able to put our two dogs in the kennels on two very hot days removed any worries about taking them with us in the car. All in all a most enjoyable trip and we would very much like to come back next year.
We are happy to host family events, small weddings, birthday parties etc for our guests at an additional charge.
Bicycle hire and picnic's can be arranged on request.
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