Countess gives a guided tour of Artramon House to guests

By Sara Gahan

Clare and Nick Lambert.
Clare and Nick Lambert.
Angela Sheil and Ann Busher.
The County Wexford Folk Orchestra performing at the event.
Jack, Eoin, Mary and Andy Quigley.
Amera, Paula and Ashton Duffin.
Countess Ulrike Walderdorff, owner of Ardtramon House, with Michael, Marguerite, Aisling and Leah Scallan.
Michelle, Andy, Paddy and Jamie Bierney.

Countess Ulrike Walderdorff gave a first-time tour of the basement of Artramon Housein Castlebridge to guests who attended the second annual Crossabeg Senior Citizen Christmas Party fundraiser.

More than 200 people showed up for the event at the 1770's mansion which has stunning views of the river Slaney, and is set in four hectares of parkland.

The committee from Crossabeg Senior Citizens raised a substantial amount which will go towards their annual Christmas party.

Wexford Folk Orchestra entertained the guests who sat out in the garden enjoying some light refreshments, while children had fun with the fairy walk which had been extended for the day.

Secretary Mary Quinn said: 'Last year the event was only on the grounds of Artramon House but the Countess was very excited to give us a helping hand by opening the house and showing the guests around, which we are all very thankful for.'

The house was bought by Ulrike's late father Otto Schulte-Frohlinde in 1964 when she was only 14 years old, and he instantly fell in love with the place.

Her father dreamed of retiring to Castlebridge but fell ill in 1972 and only visited Artramon once after that. He handed the estate over to his daughter in 1982 and Ulrike, and husband Joseph Walderdorff, spent many memorable holidays together with their children in Artramon, until her husband's tragic death in an accident in 1996.

Artramon was then renovated in 2007 and now has rooms and courtyard accommodation.

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