Fermanagh Gold Introduction
COLEBROOKE, Brookeborough

Associated Families: BROOKE, BROOKEBOROUGH

An austere Classical house of 1825 by William Farrell; built for Sir Henry Brooke, 1st Bt of 2nd creation  2 storey 9 bay front, with a pedimented portico of 4 giant Ionic columns; 3 storey irregular side; eaved roof.  Of cut stone, with a sprinkling of red sandstone ashlars which gives the elevation a pleasant reddish tinge. Large entrance hall; double staircase in back hall. Drawing room with original white and gold damask wallpaper. Sitting room with C19 arabesques. Large dining room, which Lord Craigavon, 1st Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, christened "Golgotha" on account of the numerous deer skulls covering the walls.

The home of Sir Basil Brooke, 5th Bt and 1st Viscount Brookeborough, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland 1943-63; he and the late Lady Brookeborough made an attractive sunken formal garden at one end of the house.

Since the death of Lord Brookeborough, Colebrooke has stood empty; a sale having been held of the contents 1974.

The present Viscount continues to live at Ashbrooke, a smaller house on the estate. 


Source: Burke's Guide to Country Houses: Volume I Ireland pp. 88