House & Grounds

More about Trudder Lodge

Trudder Lodge is a magnificent example of a nineteenth century country house in Georgian Palladian style.

The House was designed as a hunting Lodge for the Archbishop of Dublin. Standing majestically in the rolling landscape of County Wicklow southern Ireland, Trudder Lodge exudes period glamour. We are located just 40 minutes from Dublin city and Dublin Airport.           

The grounds at Trudder are extensive and have sweeping lawns, ancient trees and a number of secluded spots to relax and laze. There is a labyrinth of hidden walkways and trails to explore and birdspotting at our own secluded lake.

For the more energetic golf, horse riding and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged. Nestled in the heart of Wicklow, the house, built in 1835, is an idyllic location, tucked away in parkland and woods, yet a mere stones throw from the N11.

The House

Trudder Lodge is built on approximately 10 acres of garden. This Georgian Lodge was built in circa 1835 and is set in a large mature woodland garden.

The house itself has been restored sympathetically to make it a modern yet historical house. It is full of eccentric cubby holes with unusual features.

The house was originally built by one of the Deans of St. Patricks Cathedral as a hunting lodge, and reputedly was home to the Very Reverend Henry Richard Dawson.

The house itself is a spectacular example of traditional Georgian symmetrical architecture; with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing and decorative moldings.

It is tastefully decorated with attention to detail, enhanced by antique mirrors, plush furnishings and offset by a soft and relaxing palette of neutral shades.

The entrance hall and lavish drawing rooms overflow into one another, allowing for a perfect party ambience. The large elegant fireplaces are popular gathering posts for any party go-er.

The house boasts three reception rooms for guests to mingle, enjoy cocktails and canapés, on ground floor level.

Upstairs the house offers five wonderfully decorated double bedrooms, with views overlooking the extensive gardens.

The basement is a secret cavern, deep beneath the house, and operates as a bar and dance hall. It is a quirky space, ideal for continuing the late night party and festivities.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen at Trudder is a warm cosy space with a feature window overlooking the cobbled courtyard, as well as other windows surveying the lawns.

A large wooden table in the centre of the room makes the Kitchen the heart of the house -complete with AGA range. The Belfast sink and understated cupboards give the room a homely feel. This room would comfortably seat 14 guests for breakfast.

The kitchen is well equipped, and offers ample food storage and refrigeration.

Just outside the kitchen some original features from the house still remain, such as the wall safe and servants bells. 

The Dining Room

The Dining Room seats up to 34 guests and is elegantly decorated. It is another comfortable space, with a large marble fireplace and lots of mirrors. The windows overlook the beautiful gardens.

The Basement

The "piece-de-resistance" for any party lover!


The basement is a unique space with an incredible atmosphere making it the ideal party spot. It is made up of lots of adjoining rooms, with spaces for dancing, band or dj set up, and even a bar with draft beer. Subtly lit and lightly furnished with oak barrel tables and bar stools, this basement bar is the ideal space to carry on the party.

The Piano Room

Naturally, this room has a magnificent Piano - tuned and ready to be played throughout your event.

This room also boasts a large ornate fireplace and beautiful mirrors. Complete with crystal chandeliers, this room overflows onto a pretty patio space through a ceiling height window door.

The windows overlook the garden and the patio doubles up as a great smoking area. This room is another great space for mingling and being bright and airy, it is a great room for photographs.

The Green Room

The Green Room is a comfortable room with a large central fireplace and cosy couches.

It is a warm space with a variety of artwork on the walls, literature in the cabinets, and a chess board.

During your event the library is a room that your guests will sit and relax, enjoy a glass of bubbly, and mingle. The main windows overlook the driveway and garden.

The Bedrooms

There are five double bedrooms and one single in Trudder Lodge, each with its own decor and feel.

The bridal suite has a beautiful four poster bed and ensuite bathroom. The views of the garden are magnificent.

The Blue room is another great double room and is complete with open fireplace and ensuite bathroom and again magnificent views of the garden.

All rooms are comfortable and cosy and each window has fantastic views, whatever the weather.

The Garden

One of the most exceptional features of the house is undoubtedly the garden.

While taking a turn around the grounds you will set upon a lake, a stream and lawn with many varieties of rhododendrons and rarer plants as well as a walled garden with floodlit golf putting and chipping green and even a grass tennis court. Most of the garden was planted during the construction of the main residence in 1835 and many of the specimen trees were specifically planted for their colourful foliage.

The 19th century was a time of great botanical and geographical exploration with numerous species from around the world being introduced to Ireland. The more favourable soil and climatic conditions resulted in many trees and shrubs succeeding here.

The majority of the grounds have been kept to maintain and enhance the natural woodland appearance.

Whether you choose to meander through the natural alcoves of the garden or sit and read under a tree by the pond, our guests can experience a sense of awe and relaxation that is truly unique to Trudder Lodge. The garden is ideally designed for garden parties, BBQ’s and picnics-with lots to discover for young and old, and even a Trudder treasure hunt!

The Gate

Our entrance has a history of its own, as the gate itself was salvaged from the original railings of St. Stephens Green Park in the centre of Dublin. They are made of solid cast iron and are incredibly heavy. From the moment you arrive at the gate, history awaits you at every turn.

The Gate Lodge, tucked under the trees to the left of the gate, has a distinctly fairytale look to it; it was traditionally the living quarters for the groundskeeper and his family.

The Pond

The Walled Garden

At Trudder Lodge our Walled Garden is enclosed by high walls for horticultural rather than security purposes. Originally this garden would have housed many rare and specimen plants, flowers and shrubs and the walls would have provided ample shelter from the elements. A small stream runs through the garden and flows onto the Pond beyond the walls. At the back of this garden, nestled beneath the bushes, are the remains of an underground stone fridge, and even the original stone well. The "ice house" is a typical feature in many hunting lodges, as the hunters trappings would be hung here. 

Garden ponds can be excellent wildlife habitats, and at Trudder Lodge we have a number of resident Ducks at the pond. In the heart of the garden, the pond is a beautiful feature and in Summer is adorned with Water Lillies.

The pond was added in Victorian times, and was purpose built as a feature. It has a little island in the centre, where the Ducks nest, and there is a lovely natural walkway around it, littered with wooden benches for guest to enjoy the tranquillity of the garden.

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