The house in Woodville Wood wasn’t easy to find.
In fact on my first visit, I missed it altogether.
I had hoped to meet another walker on the Coillte forestry road but I arrived back at my car without seeing anyone.
It was only on the drive back to the village of Mullinalaghta that I happened to meet one of the local farmers.
Rolling down my window, I flagged him down and asked him about the location of the house.
“Look for the avenue but it’s overgrown so it’s easily missed.” He told me.
Unfortunately though, the evening light was fading fast so I resolved to come back early the next morning.
The next morning I got up for the sunrise but a thick fog blanketed the lake and the Wood.
Never mind because it was late November and the trees were painted brightly with sunflower yellow and burnt orange. The white fog was like a artist’s canvas and like a brush, my camera danced up and down creating a gorgeous pallete of Autumn images.
Though it was a shame that most of the wood had recently been cut down by Coillte.
Following the local farmer’s advice, I quickly found the main avenue to the house. On one side of the avenue, trees still grew but the trees on the other side had fallen to the chainsaws. Stepping over large fallen branches, I finally came to a clearing where deep in the fog, I saw the ghostly shape of the house of Woodville Wood!
The history of the house
All that remains of the house is a small roofless ruin but it was still exciting to discover and explore. According to the information I found on the Longford tourism website, the house was built in 1850. It was luxurious estate which employed many locals from the surrounding area. See more here http://www.longford.ie/longford_towns.aspx?id=812
Take the road from Granard town to Mullinalaghta village.
Drive past John Keogh’s Pub and turn left at the lane way just before you get to the Angler’s Rest pub.
If you come to this tourist sign, then you gone too far. 🙂
Parking is limited but it’s probably one of those walks that only the locals know about so it should never be a problem.
Directions to the avenue and house
Shortly after you leave the starting point, you will come to a T junction. Turn to the left. Follow the road until you come to a slight rise in the road. Just at the top on the right hand side, you should be able to see the beginning of the avenue. Follow it as best as you can and eventually, around 5 minutes or so, you will see the ruins of the house.
More about the Woodville Wood Walk
The walk is a circuit walk and takes approximately 3o minutes if you don’t venture off to discover the house. There are glimpse’s of Lough Gowna through the tall trees on the right side of the road. I visited there in November 2014 so hopefully new trees have been replanted in the middle of the Wood. Finding the house was definitely the highlight for me.