The former shooting lodge at Glengarra Woods is a protected structure (RPS. No. S156) and is also included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (Registration Number 22208001) where it is given architectural, artistic and social categories of special interest.
The lodge should be considered of high architectural and historical value for its association with the architect John Nash and its construction as part of the Shanbally Estate. The building’s design and proportions are of high architectural merit, with the circular drawing room and round bay to the south of the house a feature which is found in other works by John Nash.
The fact that so much of the original building has survived contributes further to the significance of the lodge. Although the roof has been replaced, almost all other architectural and internal features are retained, including the neo-Gothic small pane timber sash windows, the original front door, a historic lime render, the wrought iron of the valence to the overhanging eaves, internal joinery, panelled doors, fireplaces and decorative plasterwork. Lath and plaster ceilings are retained, as are timber floors (now hidden below carpet or linoleum).
As noted above, the windows have unfortunately been vandalised. This has resulted in the loss of some of the fine glazing bars. However, the main window frames, trefoil tracery feature to the top sashes, all internal architraves, soffits and shutters have survived intact. The missing glazing bars can be remade and spliced in to repair the windows, with broken glazing replaced. This will ensure the preservation of the original character and appearance of the building both externally and internally.
There has been little modern intervention internally, with services mainly located in the single storey addition to the northern end of the lodge. For a long time the only source of lighting in the lodge was gas lighting, and these wall mounted fittings can be seen in all internal areas. A small amount of electrical lighting is now provided in the building, running off a generator, but the installation of these fittings has had minimal impact on the interior. The historical and architectural character of the building has been very much retained throughout.
The lodge’s original remote setting has also been preserved, with limited vehicular access (by way of the track which traverses a bridge across the stream) and no modern construction, planting or landscape interventions within the location of the building.
The very minimal intervention to the house in terms of services and the lack of replacement of original features has ensured the survival of the original character of the lodge, including the retention of the original floor plan. Future interventions should take a similar approach with kitchens, bathrooms and any heavy servicing located to the northern end of the building. Subdivision of original rooms should be avoided and all surviving decorative features and finishes retained and repaired rather than replaced.