National Trust - Florence Court, Enniskillen

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Florence Court is a large 18th-century house and estate located 8 miles south-west of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is set in the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain. The nearby village is distinguished by the one-word name Florencecourt. It is owned and managed by the National Trust and is the sister property of nearby Castle Coole. The other National Trust property in County Fermanagh is the Crom Estate.
The history of the building of Florence Court is subject to conjecture and the current house was built in at least two, if not three, phases. The first house on the site was built by John Cole, Esq. (1680–1726) and named after his wife Florence Bourchier Wrey (died 1718). She was the daughter of Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (c. 1653–1696) of Tawstock, Devon. An anonymous history of Fermanagh written in 1718 describes John Cole's house as being 'very costly and sumptuous' but in 1739 Rev. William Henry described this building as being 'but small, being only the left wing of a grand building, designed by Mr Cole, which he did not live to execute'.
The architects of the current house are unknown. The central block was built first and various dates from 1730 to 1764 are proffered for its construction. It has been attributed to the German architect Richard Castle who worked at nearby Castle Hulme in 1728-9 and Florence Court shares similarities with some of Castle's other Irish houses. An estate map of 1768 shows the central block, standing alone, as having a heavily framed oculus window (in place of the current pair of windows and large, squat niche) on the second floor. This was a recurring device in Castle's work. Were Castle involved, dating the initial phase of building to 1730 may be plausible. On the other hand, Mr Henry's account nine years later does not mention there being a new house, lately built. Rowan suggests the plans could have been drawn up by Castle, but not executed until a much later date, pointing to the 'old fashioned' style of the house; and reflects that 'the design, for all its charm, is far too gauche for '.
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  • Beautiful grounds with plenty of walks and probably one of the best House tours I've had. Would definitely recommend. We are members but it's well worth the entrance fee.  more »
  • We have been to Florence Court several times over the last few years in various seasons. This time it was autumn and the grounds were looking lovely however the walled garden has come on incredibly...  more »
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  • Of you're not sure what to do and reading reviews to get an idea? Do not miss this superb national trust property. I personally really loved Florence Court, mainly for the story behind the court but also because of the gardens, a self. Confessd garden loving geek, it was so well stocked with so many varieties of certain species I'd not seen before.. Also the working wood mill is worth a visit
  • Very good tour guide but more direct references to Kenya and the families role in making wealth from Empire and Colonialism is needed. British history requires a more systemic story. The gardens and specifically the walled gardens are beautiful.
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