Beaulieu House & Gardens
Beaulieu House is a 17th Century house and gardens. It is one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland and designed around an old Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne, who was granted a Patent to the lands in 1666, by Charles II.
Situated on the north bank of the river Boyne between Drogheda and the Irish Sea, the estate was originally owned by the ‘St. Oliver' branch of the Plunkett family and was the Army in Ireland and Governor General of Drogheda at the time of the Restoration of Charles II.
Beaulieu House was turned into the house we see today by the Tichbournes in the mid 17th and early 18th Century and has remained largely unchanged since. Originally a stone Plunkett Castle, the present structure is a mixture of brick and stone which was rendered in the late 19th Century, leaving exposed the Dutch brick surrounds to windows and doors. The Dutch style is unique in Ireland.
The walled garden is believed to have been designed by Dutch artist Willem Van Der Hagen, who settled in Ireland in the 1720s, and is one of the earliest examples of a walled garden in Ireland. Cara Konig is the current owner of Beaulieu House. She is the eleventh generation of the same family to hold the house, which has been passed down from parent to child for hundreds of years. Guided tours of the house and four-acre walled garden are available.
Beaulieu House Car Collection The late owner of Beaulieu, Gabriel de Freitas, was a well-known racing driver, who raced under the name of Gabriel Konig. Gabriel made her name breaking lap records in the UK and Ireland during the 1960s and ‘70s. A selection of her cars offers a fascinating opportunity to view historic saloon cars, rarely seen in Ireland. Visitors will be able to follow the remarkable life story of Gabriel as she competed all over Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean at a time when it was unusual for a lady driver to be so successful and so competitive. A collection of photographs, programmes, press cuttings and documents fill the walls of the collection and illustrate many of her triumphs.
Due To The Passing Of The Late Owner, Gabriel De Freitas, The Car Collection At Beaulieu Is No Longer Available.
‘Gabriel's a Top Driver' – London Evening News
‘Gabriel joins driving elite' – Daily Express
‘18 victories and six lap records' – Evening Standard
‘Top woman racing driver Gabriel Konig' – Daily Express
An unusual, 1970 Blydenstein Vauxhall HC Viva is one of the highlights of the collection. With its unique Lotus twin cam engine – it is a sister car to Gerry Marshall's ‘Old Nail', which was an Irish championship winning car in its day.
Listen to some wonderful audio on Beaulieu House & Gardens - part of the Boyne Valley Drive:
Beaulieu House, Gardens & Car Museum,
Disabled access available. (Last tour takes place at 4.15pm.)
Dogs on leads, please.
Tea, coffee and scones, or buffet lunches, (including gluten free menus), can be provided by arrangement. For menus and bookings, please make an enquiry through our Get In Touch page.
All visitors to Beaulieu are kindly requested to observe signage and to take care of their personal safety while walking over uneven ground in the garden and grounds.