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This mansion 19km (12 miles) north of Dublin dates from 1740 and was once the home of Dr. Charles Cobbe, an archbishop of Dublin. Occupied by the Cobbe family until 1984, the house is a showcase of family memorabilia: hand-carved furniture, portraits, daybooks, and dolls, as well as a museum of objects collected on world travels. The Great Drawing Room, in its original state, is one of the finest Georgian interiors in Ireland. The house sits on 140 hectares (346 acres), laid out with picnic areas and walking trails. The grounds also include a working Victorian farm, as well as a craft shop and a coffee shop. There's a terrific, up-to-the-minute playground where children can let off some steam.