|Location||Gorey, County Wexford|
Marlfield House, County Wexford is an Irish country house built in 1852 and was one of the two houses owned by the Earls of Courtown. It was a dower house on the Courtown estate and is a good example of a rural regency style house. Owning two residences was not uncommon for wealthy families during the 19th century and the Stopfords (the family name of the Earls of Courtown) were no exception. Guests regularly came to stay at both Marlfield and Courtown House, the principal family home, located some three miles from Marlfield. The Stopford family was ultimately unable to support their lavish lifestyle and Courtown House no longer exists today. Marlfield House was further improved in 1866 by James Thomas Stopford (1794-1858), fourth Earl of Courtown. The house has historic connections with James Walter Milles Stopford (1853-1933), sixth Earl of Courtown, Major James Richard Neville Stopford OBE (1877-1857), seventh Earl of Courtown, and James Montagu Burgoyne Stopford (1908-1975), eighth Earl of Courtown. It is now a hotel.
Marlfield House was constructed in 1852 and modified in 1866 and is an important part of the 19th-century heritage of the area around Gorey. It is a medium-sized house with a T-shaped floor plan. The two sides are bowed and three stories high; the garden front is four stories with a breakfront. The walls are rubble-stone on a cut-granite base, with red brick quoins at the corners. The interior retains timber door surrounds and doors, fine plasterwork, and Classical-style chimneypieces, some in white marble.
Marlfield House was purchased from the Earls of Courtown by Mary and Ray Bowe in 1977 and following extensive restoration involving the introduction of six state rooms and what the Irish National Inventory for Architectural Heritage describe as an "overbearing "pastiche" frontispiece" was opened to guests in 1978. Marlfield is one of Ireland's most luxurious historic country house hotels. Each guest room at Marlfield is completely different and decorated with fabrics, tapestries, paintings and flowers, while many rooms have four-poster beds. The six state rooms are particularly luxurious and have marble fireplaces and bathrooms.
Notable guests include film director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks who stayed at the hotel for two months while filming Saving Private Ryan in the summer of 1997 on Ballinesker beach in the village of Curracloe in County Wexford.
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