Everything about Ballinderry Park is a delight, especially the interior, and the whole house is filled with light.
The bow-fronted hall is decorated with prints and maps, blue glass, blue and white porcelain and a fine collection of sporting trophies. The staircase, the principal glory of the house, rises gently from the hall to the top storey, with its heavy handrail swooping voluptuously at each landing, its walls lined with portrait engravings.
The Drawing Room
On the left, the Drawing Room, with its tall Kilkenny marble chimneypiece, is paneled and painted in a soft green, furnished with late eighteenth century furniture and decorated with portraits, miniatures and Chinese porcelain. There are comfortable chairs and sofas, cushioned window seats in the deep embrasures, and splendid views over the tree-studded park.
The Dining Room
Across the hall is the dining room, paneled in wood and painted a rich, deep, dark blue. The wide, unvarnished floorboards are covered with rugs and the room has a simple, early chimneypiece of dark grey slate. The furniture here is 17th century oak and 18th century mahogany. The table is laid with antique silver while the walls are hung with gilt-framed family portraits and hatchments, and rococo porcelain from the 1750s.
The Breakfast Room
Breakfast is now served in the Breakfast Room, the original kitchen.
The large arched fireplace would have contained an open fire and a spit, and originally there was a bread-oven behind the shelves on the left but, when a new stove was installed in Victorian times, sadly the owners attempted to turn the segmental arch into a square opening. We have not tried to reinstate it as it was, and have left it as it largely as we found it.
Since Ballinderry is built on the summit of a small hill, the Breakfast Room is below the ground level at the front but is considerably above ground level at the rear, which makes it a very pleasant room.
In contrast to the more formal rooms on the upper floors, this Breakfast Room walls have not been plastered, but have been given numerous coats of lime wash which allows all the stone detail to be seen, while the floor is of slate flags. The decoration is largely in keeping with this concept, with a eclectic mixture of antique and modern pieces, and a good collection of Victorian and 20th century pottery, while the huge refectory table is an antique base with a new ash top.
Go upstairs and see the bedrooms...