Much of Youghal’s historic buildings revolve around defensive functions and protecting the medieval town from attack. So it’s nice to come across a stunning example of Dutch architecture, with little or nothing to do with the military! The Red House was designed by Dutch architect, Claud Leuvethen (hence the style!) in the 18th century for the wealthy Uniake trading family and was completed in 1703.
The bricks had to be imported as the local red brick of Youghal was not considered good enough. The style is also known as Queen Anne and the building is in use as a private dwelling.
Originally, the Red House had over two acres of grounds attached to it – the adjacent coachhouse (part of the Old Imperial Hotel) served as a stables.
The Red House is rumoured to be haunted by its very own friendly ghost who is said to rearrange the clothing of visitors.