The Oval Cottage

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Clive came across this old ruin, photographed below, in Dunran forest. Later, when researching placenames, we made a connection with the following from Wright's Guide to Wicklow, 1827. "After a walk through the woods of about half an hours length, the Oval Cottage or Banqueting Room is reached; it stands about halfway up the mountainside, in the midst of a pretty verdant enclosure, and contains two apartments, one of which looking, forward to the sea, is appropriated to the accommodation of those who have been permitted to dine here, while the other is used as a kitchen. From the centre window of the banqueting room is a delightful prospect of the rich downs between the mountains and the sea…. Parties frequently bring a cold collation to this delightful retreat, and the politeness of the present proprietor (Lord Rossmore) is a never failing passport to the stranger who visits the rural and romantic scenery of Dunran"

Ah!, would that it be always so…