In Co. Wexford, a gaunt three-story mansion of 1871 near the tip of Hook Head built by the 4th Marquess of Ely on the site of an earlier house. It must surely have been one of the most wind-swept of noblemanís seats in the British Isles. “No tree will grow above the shelter of the walls”, Bishop Pococke observed in the 18th Century, and the same is true today.
Since leaving the family, Loftus Hall has been a Convent and, more recently a hotel. During its time as a Convent it is said that the nuns gave the marble putti on the mantelpieces Plaster-of-Paris drawers.