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My favourite room: ‘How my parent’s dream of an Irish home led to the adventure of a lifetime’

When London-based Ronan Daly and Charles Lambert were left money by Ronan’s parents, they decided to fulfill his parents’ long-held desire to have a home in Ireland. They weren’t looking for adventure, but that’s what they got

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TV producer Charles Lambert, left, and property manager Ronan Daly in their library with its black bookshelves lined in red. "It's all about compromise," says Charles. "Ronan loves the Aesthetic movement and wanted black, but I suggested red inside to brighten them up". Photo: Tony Gavin

TV producer Charles Lambert, left, and property manager Ronan Daly in their library with its black bookshelves lined in red. "It's all about compromise," says Charles. "Ronan loves the Aesthetic movement and wanted black, but I suggested red inside to brighten them up". Photo: Tony Gavin

The main drawing room in Charles Lambert’s and Ronan Daly's period home in Longford. The mirror was in the house when they bought it, while the sofas and rugs are from Ronan’s parents’ Victorian house in London. The pair of lamps are by Jonathan Adler. Photo: Tony Gavin

The main drawing room in Charles Lambert’s and Ronan Daly's period home in Longford. The mirror was in the house when they bought it, while the sofas and rugs are from Ronan’s parents’ Victorian house in London. The pair of lamps are by Jonathan Adler. Photo: Tony Gavin

One of the guest bedrooms, which has an art deco bed from Ronan’s family home. The couple can't enthuse enough about Longford and its charms, and they are hoping to rent out two bedrooms on Airbnb

One of the guest bedrooms, which has an art deco bed from Ronan’s family home. The couple can't enthuse enough about Longford and its charms, and they are hoping to rent out two bedrooms on Airbnb

The French bed in the lilac room was left to Ronan by a close friend and the curtains are from his parents' house

The French bed in the lilac room was left to Ronan by a close friend and the curtains are from his parents' house

The kitchen is in the basement and has yet to be modernised, but it does have an Aga which goes a long way to heating the house

The kitchen is in the basement and has yet to be modernised, but it does have an Aga which goes a long way to heating the house

Ronan and Charles in front of the house, part of which was a tower house dating from the 17th Century, and part of which was a gentleman’s residence dating from 1804. All the windows are new, and they had the facade completely restored. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ronan and Charles in front of the house, part of which was a tower house dating from the 17th Century, and part of which was a gentleman’s residence dating from 1804. All the windows are new, and they had the facade completely restored. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ronan and Charles can’t speak highly enough of their new community and they love to entertain in their basement dining room. "You can get a house anywhere, but it’s the people here," says Charles. The china is all from Ronan's mother's vast collection, and he got the entire dining room suite in bleached walnut for €116."I thought I was buying a chest but I got the table, chairs, and sideboard as well," he says

Ronan and Charles can’t speak highly enough of their new community and they love to entertain in their basement dining room. "You can get a house anywhere, but it’s the people here," says Charles. The china is all from Ronan's mother's vast collection, and he got the entire dining room suite in bleached walnut for €116."I thought I was buying a chest but I got the table, chairs, and sideboard as well," he says

The portrait in the hall is of Sir James Crichton-Browne in ceremonial dress. He is one of Charles's ancestors on his mother's side. His title was that of Chancellor's Visitor on Nervous Diseases and apparently his ideas on treating people in asylums informed the following generation of psychiatrists

The portrait in the hall is of Sir James Crichton-Browne in ceremonial dress. He is one of Charles's ancestors on his mother's side. His title was that of Chancellor's Visitor on Nervous Diseases and apparently his ideas on treating people in asylums informed the following generation of psychiatrists

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TV producer Charles Lambert, left, and property manager Ronan Daly in their library with its black bookshelves lined in red. "It's all about compromise," says Charles. "Ronan loves the Aesthetic movement and wanted black, but I suggested red inside to brighten them up". Photo: Tony Gavin

All the rooms in Charles Lambert's and Ronan Daly's period house in Longford are beautifully furnished with family portraits and elegant antiques; all are also gracefully draped and swagged with curtains. Because of that level of completion, many would think that the bare plaster walls in the various reception rooms are intentional.

After all, it is a bit of a thing with conservationists nowadays to strip back to the original plaster and forget paint or wallpaper.