The privately-owned Ballynatray House in existence today is not the one that has always stood here. The original stone house, thought to be Elizabethan in style, was owned by a Sir Richard Smyth. It was virtually destroyed but, over the years, was rebuilt and remodeled several times, until we were left with the building that greets us today. The current house at Ballynatray is an 18th-century Georgian-style mansion, though it is thought that a portion of the earlier dwelling has been preserved in the basement.
The Estate itself enjoys a rich and varied history as the site of Viking battles and the final resting place of Raymond `Le Gros’ Fitzgerald, second-in-command to famed invader Strongbow.