"gentry still clinging on in their Big Houses"
Bantry House
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBantry House - Credit: eigene Arbeit von Schorle

The 'Big House' was the home of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who owned much of the land in Ireland.  The houses were far grander than the humble cottages of the Irish. Bantry House in County Cork is one such house which has been lovingly restored. 

The charming novels of Somerville & Ross (Irish writers Edith Somerville and Violet Florence Martin) depict the time of the 'Big House'.