For a beautiful garden with coastal views, elegant Georgian architecture and a literary and artistic history, you can’t do much better than Drishane House in Casteltownsend. The elegant Georgian House, weather slated against sea weather, was built c.1780 by Thomas Somerville, whose descendants have lived here ever since.
Chief amongst them was Thomas Somerville’s great-granddaughter, Edith Somerville (1858 – 1949) who lived almost her entire life at Drishane. She is best known for her collaboration with her cousin Violet Martin (under the pen name Martin Ross) – the famous writing team of Somerville and Ross – known chiefly for the Irish RM stories.
Edith Somerville, who designed elements of the beautiful sea-facing garden, was also an accomplished artist and some of her fine paintings are also on view in the house.