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Prehen House

91 Prehen Park Bolies | prehen, Derry BT47 2PB, Northern Ireland
(028) 7134 2829
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Ranked #28 of 96 Attractions in Derry
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: Prehen House is one of the North West’s most historic buildings. Situated next to the famous woods, it commands stunning views of Derry, the river Foyle and the hills beyond.Prehen is intimately linked with the history of Derry. Records reveal that it was inhabited by 1640; in 1738 the Knox family began their great association with Prehen when Andrew Knox, the MP for Donegal married Honoria Tomkins, the Prehen heiress.In Victorian times the colourful Colonel George Knox was one of Derry’s most eminent figures. But with World War I looming his grandson Baron George Carl Otto Louis von Scheffler Knox was put under house arrest. Soon after the 3,641 acre estate was seized as ‘enemy property’.Happily, the house was brought back into another branch of the Knox family and today the North West has a wonderful heirloom forever linked with the history of the City

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

My friends and I spent a week here, just gone, and had a wonderful time relaxing and having fun. We had a tour of the house whilst we were there which was fascinating. Highly recommend to anyone. Colin is a great host!

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Helsby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My friends and I recently stayed in the cottage in the grounds of Prehen House which was lovely. We went on the tour which was interesting! Thank you Colin!

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Derry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Stayed here recently as the owner Colin has recently been granted B&B status. It was a magical night and very different to staying in an atmosphereless hotel room. Slept in a wonderful four poster bed but did hear a few odd noises in the middle of the night....but it all added to the experience....after all it is haunted !!! If... More

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Colin is a wonderful host and what makes Prehen House even more special is getting a guided tour from an actual descendent of this historical mansion. I recommend to all my friends in Cork and to anyone that shares a passion for the preservation of special places like Prehen House.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

While staying in the area we thought we would visit Prehen House. Following the signs we arrived at the front door to discover a photo shoot taking place. We decided to leave and only on the way out did we notice the sign at the gate hidden in undergrowth giving information on gaining access by appointment. Surely a more prominent... More

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Derry, Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We wanted something different and unique for my mammys surprise 50th. Prehen house seemed like an great idea, but we were unsure of the organisation around it..slightly putting us off. We just assumed a restaurant or function room would be handier. We got in touch with Colin, the owner of the house. We ran through what we had in mind... More

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I had the most interesting and detailed tour of Prehen House. Fantastic. This is a hidden treasure that I look forward to bringing my brothers/sister and friends to show them in the near future. What a wonderful host Colin was and nothing was too much trouble. from the garden history to the kitchen/ drawing rooms/ bedrooms/ and cellar! Just amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Myself and my partner visited prehen house on our discover Northern Ireland tour... It was by far the highlight of our holiday We were a bit early for our appointment so we wandered around d gardens and down to the stream we were offered tea while we waited.. At 1pm Colin arrived and gave us the most wonderful experience he... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This hidden gem, is part of the wonderful history of Londonderry, and I recommend to take a tour of the house and grounds.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a remarkable building in wonderful grounds, the centuries old archeological dig is underway as is the reconstruction of the 250 year old walled garden. The interior of the house is amazing, full of artefacts from the Knox family who lived there from 1738 and the Von Schefflers from late 19th century. I have visited several times and never... More

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