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A Private Viewing of the National Trust House at Mount Stewart Exclusive to BHS Members

6 Mar 2020 18:30 - 8 Jan 2020 22:30

The British Horse Society has been welcomed back at the National Trust Property Mount Stewart in March 2020 for a wonderful BHS Member experience.We are delighted to offer British Horse Society members the opportunity to have a private viewing of the house, listen to stories of the family and their horses and see equestrian artefacts.

A fork supper will be served as part of the evening.

This is a special evening not to be missed!!

The House Tour will commence at 6.30pm and following it there will be a delicious fork supper at 8pm. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

The cost per person is £25.

Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey, it was the Irish seat of the VaneTempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life.

The main block of Mount Stewart, with a giant portico fronting a balustrade entrance court, was built for the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry in the mid-1830s to the designs of the Irish architect William Vitruvius Morrison, son of Richard Morrison. The early 19th-century west wing is by George Dance the Younger, founder-member of the Royal Academy and pioneer of Neo-classicism. The Temple of the Winds, a banqueting house on a hill to the south of the main building, built in 1782-5, is by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The interiors of Mount Stewart range from Morrison’s splendid but rather monumental Ionic hall and drawing room to Dance’s more sophisticated work, especially his music room, with an inlaid floor of oak and mahogany surrounded by bog fir, and the beautiful domed staircase hall. Much of the house
was redecorated and refurnished in the 1920s and 1930s by Edith, Lady Londonderry, wife of the 7th Marquess.

Following three years of extensive restoration the house reopened in 2015.

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