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n 1777, noted agricultural scientist and topographer Arthur Young said of Farnham; “…upon the whole Farnham is one of the finest places that I have ever seen in Ireland; the water wood and hill are all in great stile and abound in a variety of capabilities. The woodland plantations of Derrygid coupled with the lakes of Farnham and Derrygid were noted by Young who described them as being ‘uncommonly beautiful; extensive and have a shore extremely varied.”

In the 1770’s, approximately 100 labourers were employed in maintaining the landscape at Farnham.

In 1795, Earl of Farnham Barry asked James Wyatt, one of the most fashionable architects of that time, to draw designs for three ceilings. Although there is no evidence of them being installed at Farnham, these plans are now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Some work was undertaken by Wyatt though around the 1795 timeframe and to this day, a library case where his design has been noted stands inserted in an alcove on the staircase landing.

In the early 1800’s, coat of arms was incorporated onto the façade of the house. Comprised of the arms of the Maxwell and Barry family, they are supported by two bucks, with a buck’s head on top of the Baron’s coronet as the crest. The family motto if Je suis prêt – I am ready.

In 1802 Francis Johnston, architect for Dublin’s GPO, was engaged to complete an extension of the existing house to provide an edifice to the southwest garden front. This is the latter day surviving Farnham House, which is now incorporated as the centrepiece of the hotel complex design.

In the depths of the earth beneath Farnham lies a myriad of passages. These passages were constructed to allow food, supplies and heating fuels to be brought into the mansion house by the servants. Such underground passages kept the servants out of sight from Lords and Ladies Farnham and their guests and no doubt were used by the servants to enjoy some activities of their own, which they would not have wanted Lord and Lady Farnham to witness!

In 1823, a new system of management for the Farnham estate was introduced, employing persons as inspectors of districts, buildings, bog and land and a moral agent! The main duties of the moral agent were to encourage the tenantry to adhere to the main principles contained in Lord Farnham’s address to them. These included: keeping of the Sabbath, responsibility towards the education of their children, imbuing within their children a strict moral sense and to ensure that they abstained from all evil habits, including cursing and the distillation or consumption of alcohol.

In 1961, dry rot was discovered within the Farnham house and in an attempt to alleviate it, the oldest part of the house looking across the parkland, and the additions made to the house in 1839, were demolished.

In 1995, Lord Farnham abandoned farming and leased the agricultural lands to local farmers.

Roy McCabe purchased Farnham Estate in 2001.

At Farnham Estate Health Spa, we offer the power of possibility to our visitors. Combining an accessible and fulfilling approach, we guide guests towards making gradual lifestyle adjustments, giving them insights into how to gain optimum health and enjoyment of life.

We teach that the simplest changes to our everyday routines can have an enormous impact on life quality. The aim is to make that illusive connection between good intentions and ongoing every day actions.

The ethos of our Health Spa is to seduce people into good health with practical and effective ways, to teach as well as treat. Rather than simply accepting the conventional and mediocre definition of "health" as being the "absence of disease", we teach that the real value of health is in the body allowing the individual to derive the maximum enjoyment out of life. The programmes at our Health Spa are designed to achieve this in an accessible and fulfilling way.

In addition to beauty and pampering programmes, we can assist guests "take a little away": whether that be through diet and nutrition advice, learning how to relax or easing into a new fitness routine. Our advice can be easily transported to every day life to assist long lasting and increased happiness.

Our unrivalled peaceful and beautiful natural country estate with its ancient woodland, unspoilt lakes, unique leisure facilities and experienced team - this really is a perfect environment for the pleasure of self-discovery.