This property, with the house and some hundreds of acres of land, was acquired about the middle of the 17th century by John Tottenham from Charles Collins. The house is said to have been built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; and apart from a new wing projecting from the north end, which was built about 1712, presumably by Edward Tottenham, it seems to have remained in its original form until finally demolished about 1950.
Photostat copies of a charming drawing of the house, done from an old photograph, can be obtained from the Royal Irish Academy, Dame Street, Dublin.
It lies a few miles from Taghmon on the east and Foulkesmill on the west, about 14 miles to the south-east of New Ross. The local church is known as Horetown.
The surrounding country is more or less flat. The house stood in a Deer Park, which contained an artificial lake. There were probably three large rooms on the ground floor, of which the one at the North end was a ballroom. The new wing joined this ballroom. Beneath was a maze of basement rooms, and above there must have been a fair number of bedrooms - two with dormer windows. The window over the front door was that of “the Bishop's room” - and through one of the dormer windows the Devil is said to have made his escape (see the Family Ghost).
The place seems to have remained in possession of the senior branch of this family until about 1873 when it was sold (presumably by Col. Tottenham of Woodstock) to a man named Bell. He sold it in 1913 to James Cullen, of Taghmon, who passed it on in 1930 to his daughter, who married a man named Bogan. The Bogans kept it till 1945, when they sold it - I gather with regret - to one Neal, who called himself “Prince of the Saltee Islands.” He had it pulled down about 1950 - after a life of nearly 400 years.
With the house in 1913 went 235 acres of land, but there may have been more before. In about 1934 much of the timber was sold.