Whilst returning home from last weekend's athletic exploits in Tullamore I stopped off for lunch in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. In between showers I walked through a small park which borders the river that runs through the centre of the town. Unsurprisingly the river turns out to be called the River Boyle. On the other side of the river was a large three storey house. The grounds were uncared for and I am unsure whether the house has any residents currently. It transpires that this is Frybrook House and it appears that it is on the market for what seems to be the relatively modest sum of €340,000. The house is set on a six acre site and the asking price includes four houses on an adjoining street and a period building which is or at least was being utilised as a small cafe.
The house was built in 1753 for a a Henry Fry who had moved to the town from Co. Offaly at the behest of the Earl of Kingston to establish a weaving business. Originally the family came from Somerset and a scion from same established the famous chocolate manufacturing business which bore the family name.
The house is five bay and has a hipped roof. There is a tooled limestone Palladian window to the central bay with an oculus window to the second floor. The entrance, also of tooled limestone, is pedimented with sidelights on either side. It is only in the past thirty years that ownership has passed out of the Fry family.