Visits from De La Salle Kilkenny

Just before starting off into the adventure of the summer holidays, two groups of boys from the De La Salle schools visited us.

Our tour guide Lady Anne greeted them and sent them on a treasure hunt around the courtyards and gardens. They discovered strange window shapes, learned about coats of arms and the fate of the Rothe family dog Pip.

By the looks of it, the pillory left the biggest impression to both groups.

The second group had a scary encounter with a plague doctor who told them about the plague of 1348 and Tudor hygiene regimens.

Some of the braver lads facing the Plague Doctor

A lunch break in the garden completed their visit. After all this time since the Rothe family lived here, they were allowed to sit on the lawn that was once reserved for the ladies of the house. They then headed off to St. Canice’s Cathedral on another treasure hunt.

We’re hoping to welcome more groups in the new school year!

Introducing the team: Anne-Karoline Distel

Anne is from Leipzig, Germany and joined the Rothe House team in 2018.

What is your first memory of Rothe House?

Anne in the 2nd courtyard of Rothe House

Anne explaining the 1604 well

I was on holidays in Ireland with a friend in 2016 and visited Rothe House during our stay in Kilkenny. I think I was most impressed by the buildings and gardens. Three months later, I moved to Kilkenny, and the historic fabric of the city played a huge part in that decision.

What is your favourite part of Rothe House?

The fact that the buildings on their burgage plot is still intact and especially with the reconstructed garden. It really allows you to step back in time, when you can smell all the nice things John and Rose would have smelled.

What are you looking forward to most?

I enjoy telling people about the history of the Rothe family and the buildings, so I’m looking forward do giving tours in English and German.