First built in the 1770s
Woodbrook was substantially
reconstructed by the Blacker family
after being damaged in the rebellion of 1798.
It is a spacious and welcoming
house with an unusually big drawing
room and a spectacular spiral “flying?
staircase, the only one of its kind
A pre-1914 visitor from
in 1920 remembered Woodbrook as:
“…a large, square house---very
comfortable, very solid, very
unpretentious—it has an undulating
park covered with fine old trees and
beside it rise up the mountains as if in
protection. There are beautiful woods
there, full of huge beech trees and in
some places near the river groves of
silver birch. There are masses of
rhododendrons everywhere and a little
later the ground is covered with
bluebells. A little river runs through the
woods gurgling over the stones; you can
hear its music sounding all down
Giles and Alexandra FitzHerbert have lived at
Woodbrook since 1998, restoring, decorating and improving it,
adding bathrooms and central heating
where needed. He used to be an
is an Anglo-Italian-Irish-Chilean.
They are both, therefore, well
accustomed to entertaining guests
from different parts of the world.