Fermanagh Gold Introduction
ELY LODGE (on the same estate as CASTLE HUME), nr. Enniskillen


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 stable-court remains.

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.


Source: Burke's Guide to Country Houses: Volume I Ireland pp. 119