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