indgates House – or, as some like to call it, Windgate Villa (which might be mix-up) – stands as one of the most impressive homes in this particular neck of the woods…
Perched atop Windgates itself, looking out over the town, and all the comings and goings on the main Greystones-Bray road below, sure, it’s a frickin’ palace.
Having being abandoned many years ago, Derelict Ireland have now paid it a visit – to see just how much of it has returned to earth, and how much of it is still clinging on. Shades of its former glory abound.
The house belonged to the Fox family for generations, the last being the late Billy, who lived there with his wife and family. There were actually two Fox families with farms in Windgates – Artie Fox and Kit Fox. Both just up the hill from Darcy’s Farm.
Anyone who knows the actual history of the house, and why it was left to rot, please let us know in the comments section below. Quite a few locals have tried to put it together here.
And artist Ray Cranley has charted life growing up in this house’s shadow here.
The pics below are by Lainey Quinn, and if you want to see more of her Derelict Ireland work, you can visit the YouTube page here.
Also, as of 2017, the house and its surrounding 50 acres is back up for sale. There’s that local history of sorts on boards.ie here, plus a mildly crappy 2009 video tour of the house at the bottom of the page here.