Waterstown House, Glassan

Co Westmeath


  • NIAH Ref: 15314016
  • Date: 1745 - 1755
  • Rating: National
  • Orig. Use: Walled Garden
  • Townland: Waterstown
  • County: Westmeath
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  • Last Reviewed:: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
  • Abandoned ruin


  • Condition of Structure: Ruinous
  • Level of Risk: High


This complex has been abandoned for a number of years and does not appear to be maintained. Most of the external fabric remains, but there are obvious signs of deterioration, particularly vegetation growth. There is no immediate danger of collapse but the condition is such that unless urgent remedial works are carried out the structure will sharply deteriorate.

This grand walled garden, currently in use as a farmyard complex, is associated with the larger demesne house of Waterstown which is located south west of the ruinous 18th century house (pictured) which is now engulfed with vegetation. The gardens were laid out by Richard Castle, who also designed Waterstown House. The garden, through its design, was able to accommodate exotic fruits and vegetables. The garden is a rare example of its kind in Ireland. The complex is of significant historic importance and requires conservation works to prevent further deterioration.

Recommended Use

  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
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