The domestic dwelling to the right of this shot must have felt that nothing they could do would enable them to keep up with the Jones's! The actual title for this was "Large domestic or institutional building possibly hotel 3 storeys, 15-16 bays wide, drive, balustrades, ditto on porch, near sea, wooded hills in background, Co. Down".
We thought that it was the Mournes in the background .... And indeed today's commenters, in particular Niall McAuley
, and beachcomberaustralia
, confirmed that this is the Mourne Hotel (later Great Northern Hotel)
in Rostrevor, County Down. Opened in the late 1870s (likely very shortly before this image was taken), the hotel was destroyed during the Troubles in the 1970s.
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1860 (or 1870?)
NLI Ref: STP_2124
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons