Woodstock house

This property was bought in 1827 by Lord Robert Tottenham, who is said to have paid £12,000 for the house (25 rooms) and demesne (180 acres), and to have spent another £6000 on building a wall round it.

It was sold in 1947 by Charles Tottenham and was then owned by the Shamrock Fertiliser Co., which kept the house in good order and ploughed up much of the demesne in order to demonstrate thereon the efficiency of its products. Lewis' Topographical Dictionary describes it as “among the finest of several elegant seats” in the locality. “The mansion is a large square building in the centre of an extensive and thickly wooded demesne, commanding an extensive prospect bounded by the sea”. It contained some interesting wall paintings done in monochrome on canvas by the Flemish artist, Peter de Gree, between 1785 and 1789. These were removed from No. 52 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, which Lord Robert had leased from 1819 to 1828 and which is now the headquarters of the Irish Representative Church Body. It contains an oil portrait of him.

The Bishop's Bath

The story goes that Lord Robert Tottenham, Bishop of Clogher, suffered from a particularly unpleasant skin disease for which he was advised to bathe regularly in wine. For this purpose a fine marble bath was imported from Italy and the bathing duly took place.

The Bishop's butler, it is said, made a good thing of selling the used wine in the nearby village.

About 1970 Woodstock was bought by William Forewood who carried out a most sympathetic restoration of the house. It was sold again in 1992 and the contents were auctioned, including sadly the Bishop's bath.

Woodstock House is now the clubhouse of the Druids Glen Golf Club