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Trip to Mount Stewart

posted Oct 3, 2015, 10:41 AM by Admin austria.ie

Last Saturday, 26 September, couldn't have been a better day. Starting our journey at 9am from Dublin, 15 of us headed north on M1 and A1 in a mini van and private car. A good 2.5 hours later, we arrived at Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough, in Northern Ireland. Now owned by the UK National Trust, it is the former home of Marquesses of Londonderry including Robert Stewart, better known as Viscount Castlereagh, one of Britain's most famous Foreign Secretaries, who has a special connection to Vienna through is participation at the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15.

The house, recently renovated boasts countless interesing features, furniture, paintings including the famous chairs used at the Congress of Vienna as well as table on which the treaty was signed in 1815. Following the tour of the house, we enjoyed the suroundings which include the Spanish, Italian and Sunken Garden, Lake, Walled Garden and more.

Everyone was greatly impressed by the magnificence of the House and Garden of Mount Stewart. To get an impression yourself, please visit the gallery showing a great selection of photos courtesy of Harald Pichler.