Ashley Park House sits peacefully in the middle of 76 acres of beech woodland and formal gardens in the heart of County Tipperary, six miles north of the busy market town of Nenagh with its famous circular keep, on the road to Borrisokane and Birr.

On the N52, 7km (4 miles) north of Nenagh. Heading north, look for the lake on the left and go through the stone archway, past the gatehouse.

As you enter the grounds of Ashley Park, the first thing you notice is the stone archway and the imposing gate lodge to the left. The lodge was built around the same time as the arch – around 1870 of stone obtained from a nearby quarry.

The lodge was restored in 1993 as one of the first projects undertaken in the overall restoration programme at Ashley Park. There are lodges on both entrances to the property with many features matching those of the main house. The back lodge was restored in 1996.

Ashley Park House has a magical quality that is particularly appealing. The avenue winds along the shore, through deep woods of oak and beech, until–suddenly–you reach the Georgian house, surrounded by tall trees, with beautiful views over a private lake.