ELY LODGE (on the same estate as CASTLE HUME), nr. Enniskillen
LOFTUS, ELY, GROSVENOR, WESTMINSTER
Richard Castle built his 1st
Palladian house here for Sir Gustavus Hume, Bt, MP 1729; it was
named Castle Hume.
Fine stable court, with
rusticated openings, some of them surmounted by oculi, and an
interior of vaults supported by Doric columns, as at Strokestown.
The estate subsequently passed to
the Ely family through the marriage of the Hume heiress to
Nicholas Loftus, afterwards to 1st Earl Ely.
In 1830s, a new house was built a
couple of miles away, on a promontory in Lough Erne, by 2nd
Marquess of Ely, and named Ely Lodge; to provide stone for it, the
main block of Castle Hume was demolished, so that only the
Ely Lodge, which was to the
design of William Farrell, consisted of a 2 storey 5 bay
gable-ended block with Doric pilasters along its whole front and a
Doric porch, the gable-ends being treated as pediments; at one end
was a single-storey wing set back, with corner pilasters and a
curved pilastered bow in its side elevation.
In 1870 Ely Lodge was blown up as
part of 21st birthday celebrations of the 4th Marquess, who
intended to build a new house; it is also said that he blew the
house up in order to avoid having Queen Victoria to stay. In the
event, the new house was never built; doubtless for the reason
that the young Lord Ely spent too much money on rebuilding his
other seat, Loftus Hall, co Wexford.
The former stables of Ely Lodge
has since been extended to form a house, which is the Irish seat
of the Duke of Westminster; it contains a number of interior
features of the now demolished Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
Burke's Guide to Country Houses: Volume I Ireland pp. 119