Irish Landmark would not be able to operate without our 26 wonderful Local House Managers looking after 32 self-catering properties all around the island of Ireland. These remarkable people are not only the faces of Irish Landmark that guests meet, but they also look after the properties on a daily basis with such care and passion.
For the second part in our new A Day in the Life Series we are heading to Castletown in County Kildare, to chat with our wonderful Local House Manager, Grace Deegan, who looks after Castletown Gate House and Castletown Round House.
2017 has been a very busy year for you. How do you keep on top of everything?
When you are a house manager you have to prioritise things and especially so when you are busy in the summer. You also have to have help at hand as sometimes doing it on your own can be daunting.
What is the thing people love most about staying at the Gatehouse or Roundhouse?
With my properties people love the fact that they were gatelodges to the fabulous Castletown House, a Palladian country house built in 1722. Guests are right on the doorstep of Castletown House that always has lots of year round events and activities, such as family fun days and river walks in the parkland. The Gatehouse has a lovely garden to relax in the summer with family or friends and the Roundhouse has a great quirky shape!
What does your typical week look like?
A typical week depends on how busy bookings are. If you are busy it is all about a quick turnaround and getting things ready and meeting your guests at the agreed time. Even when it is a little quieter you are still doing property checks and getting any maintenance work that may be required done.
What do you love about your job?
I love meeting people and I love care taking a piece of history and safeguarding it for the future.
Where do the majority of your guests come from Ireland or overseas?
A lot of guests are overseas and then some are from Ireland, even as close as Dublin!
What do guest love to do in the area?
My guests mostly would come to see Castletown house as it is the largest Palladian house in Ireland so that is a big local attraction also Celbridge is a historical town.
What do you think it is about staying at Irish Landmarks that Guests love?
Staying at our properties is just that bit different and quirky! Irish Landmark properties have no digital distractions like TV or WiFi, which believe it or not people really love. It gives them a great chance to reconnect with friends and family or simply finish that book they have been trying to read!
What challenges does the properties at Castletown face?
The challenges are mainly just keeping the property in good shape and catching problems before they get too big and keeping on top of things.
What’s your favourite thing about being an Irish Landmark Trust House Manager?
Well it’s the same reason I love my job. It’s that bit different and also I feel I am part of an elite team. I am proud of what Irish Landmark Trust do as an organisation.