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Published August 24th 2017
Hidden away from the road, on a tranquil rural property in Waterford, is a spectacular residence of wonder and enchantment. Castle Rumble. The property boasts an impressive castle-like structure with outdoor courtyard, a quirky shanty and gardens littered with ornaments and statues.
You can visit and tour this venue during open house sessions every Sunday, 2-5pm. Bookings are not necessary, but it is recommended to contact the venue to confirm opening. Tours are free, donations appreciated.
This family home was lovingly built by owner Brian Rumble, who handmade the lead light windows, ornate sculptures and castle turrets. The building is set back from the road and accessed via a long driveway. The official entrance to the venue is framed by two foreboding stone pillars depicting lions and gargoyles.
The lower floor of the main building features a combination of castle themed objects / decorations and modern amenities. The lighting is dim and the walls adorned with spider webs and dust, giving the illusion of an aged property. Of particular interest is a room displaying an eclectic collection of old tools, weapons and knick-knacks. This includes replicas of items from as early as the Middle Ages, through to the twentieth century.
The shanty is more of a "studio cum showcase of handmade delights and current projects." A staircase made from gnarled tree limbs provides access to an upper level, featuring numerous ornamental creatures (fairies, gnomes, elves etc) and a lookout with stunning and extensive views. It is rumoured that the fireworks from Riverfire can be seen from this prime position.
The maintenance of this venue and time devoted to works in progress would be phenomenal. Our recent tour of the property lasted about half an hour but visitors could easily spend more than an hour investigating the surrounding gardens and inside nooks and crannies.