Virginia Park Lodge is an 18th century estate owned by Richard Corrigan which offers a rural, self sufficient, understated luxury home from home experience for guests. Situated in stunning countryside in Virginia, County Cavan in Richard’s native Ireland, it boasts a beautifully kept house and extensive grounds. A haven for leisure pursuits, wedding receptions and larger gatherings, Virginia Park Lodge has 100 acres of land including an extensive kitchen garden and polytunnels, where produce for Richard’s award winning London restaurants, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill and Corrigan’s Mayfair is grown. The grounds, which include deer park walks, bridges, folies and waterfalls, lend themselves to plenty of outdoor pursuits including hunting game, fishing, boating on the five mile Lough Ramor, riding and walking.
Richard also recently launched four luxury shepherds huts which are set on the lake at Virginia Park Lodge and serve as stylish accommodation for guests. The huts are packed with smart space saving solutions and full of character whilst benefiting from all the modern conveniences including electricity and plumbing. A clever fold down wall bed, oak table and benches and a handmade well equipped kitchen unit offer complete comfort and everything guests could need for their stay in the hut. Priced at €190 per night on a self catering basis including a welcome hamper of essentials, the huts are bookable through Airbnb.
Virginia Park Lodge was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 18th century for the first Earl of Bective, Thomas Taylour, Lord Headfort, one of Ireland’s richest men. Richard Corrigan bought the impressive estate in 2013 and has since injected a new lease of life into the lodge and grounds, extending and reinvigorating the kitchen gardens and refurbishing the building to make it an enviable location for events, house parties and weddings. The garden design itself was a rebellion towards the traditionally more symmetrical gardens of its time – strategically placed clusters of excotic trees and winding paths guide you round the grounds to unveil views of the lodge or lake.