Palace Stables Heritage Centre, Armagh. These 19th century stables, sure to be a hit with the kids, have been restored to create a Georgian themed heritage center offering the chance to immerse themselves in the atmospheric hustle and bustle of life in 1786. Dressed in costume guides will give you guide around the estates and give you insights into the workings of the former palace of the Archbishop of Ireland, home of Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s.

Palace Stables Heritage Centre, Armagh. These 19th century stables, sure to be a hit with the kids, have been restored to create a Georgian themed heritage center offering the chance to immerse themselves in the atmospheric hustle and bustle of life in 1786. Dressed in costume guides will give you guide around the estates and give you insights into the workings of the former palace of the Archbishop of Ireland, home of Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s.

Stable Converted Cottage In The Heart Of... - VRBO Castlehaven, Ireland

Stable Converted Cottage In The Heart Of... - VRBO Castlehaven, Ireland

The Binham bungalow and cart shed conversion whch was highly commended in the North Norfolk District Council Graham Allen conservation and design awards.

The Binham bungalow and cart shed conversion whch was highly commended in the North Norfolk District Council Graham Allen conservation and design awards.

Woodstock Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland (the garden is BEAUTIFUL, but I don't know if I'd want a giant birdhouse for a gazebo)

Woodstock Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland (the garden is BEAUTIFUL, but I don't know if I'd want a giant birdhouse for a gazebo)

"You need these imperfections to surprise people, to make things not too predictable," he says. "That's the essence of this project. Once you step inside, it's anything but a conventional farm house."  The poolhouse in a former barn features steel frames and original beams; the pool is sheathed with glass mosaic tiles, and the surround is Belgian bluestone.

"You need these imperfections to surprise people, to make things not too predictable," he says. "That's the essence of this project. Once you step inside, it's anything but a conventional farm house." The poolhouse in a former barn features steel frames and original beams; the pool is sheathed with glass mosaic tiles, and the surround is Belgian bluestone.

Bridge and Black Castle at Leighlinbridge. Said to be the oldest working bridge in Europe. Photo by James Burke

Bridge and Black Castle at Leighlinbridge. Said to be the oldest working bridge in Europe. Photo by James Burke

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