The Castle Drawing Room is a showcase for the superb restoration of Lisheen Castle from an atmospheric ruin into an elegant manor house.
The restoration was a five-year labour of love by the Everard family, with Mrs Everard personally overseeing the interior design – expertly balancing historical authenticity with the personality and warmth of a real family home.
The vaulted ceilings of the drawing room were rebuilt at a height of 20 feet, with architects and specialist builders using the original ceiling supports in the castle walls to ensure authenticity. The ceilings were painstakingly hand-painted with murals of Irish flora, fauna and bird life by a talented local artist.
Period-style fireplaces were commissioned and handmade in Italian marble by Morrisseys of Dublin who were also responsible for impressive handmade fireplaces in The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. 14 foot high mirrors were made to order from the designs of Mrs. Everard, while the floor coverings were made in India to a colour scheme chosen to reflect the ceiling murals.
Zane Everard, one of the sons of the Everard family, now operates the castle. He is a trained architect who specialises in the restoration of historic buildings – a career choice that was no doubt influenced by his early involvement in such a momentous restoration project.