History of The Old Deanery

Built in 1735 and added to in 1812, The Old Deanery was originally called Glebe House and was the residence of Rev. H. Newland. It was built with the aid of a gift of £800 from the late Board of First Fruits in 1805. The property originally comprised of 29 acres held at a yearly rent of £15 by deed executed in 1778.

Originally a five bay two storey, over basement, gable ended house with a round headed, shouldered granite architrave doorcase which faced onto St. Peters’ Church.This door was transferred to its present position at the side of the house when extended in 1812.The sidelights still remain in place at the original doorway, although an extra range were added in 1835 to the gable end.

The staircase is contained in a gabled return which has lean-to wings, and makes an attractive composition with round headed windows down the centre and a pie crust cornice.

In 1969 The Old Deanery was sold by the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland to Col. Robert Rayburn who lived here until his death in 1995.

In 1996 a complete refurbishment of the Old Deanery started, this was a long and arduous labour of love – restoring the house to its former glory – preserving and conserving the original features.

The basement which is the piece-de-resistance with its wine cellar and beautiful stone arches and fireplaces has been part converted into a wine cellar for private drink receptions.

The Old Deanery residence is the private home to John, Jack and Bryanna Young, the proprietors of The Old Deanery Holiday Cottages. They continue to develop the gardens for their own pleasure and enjoyment – which they hope to share with guests and friends for many years to come.

The Barn (originally sheds) were converted in 2010 into a tranquil and versatile space for groups to meet.

The Wine cellar is the latest addition to the facilities at The Old Deanery, providing a wonderful rustic space for a drinks reception.