It’s the attention to detail guests notice as they wander through Rose Castle. Much of that is down to the work of Sue Ward who was responsible for the interior furnishings, and her husband Paddy, the architect of the castle’s restoration plans.

As long term friends of Sarah and John Snyder, Sue and Paddy helped to secure the castle after hearing about Sarah’s vision to turn it into a space to host peace and reconciliation programmes. They then began work on bringing life back into the castle, and what started out as a light refurbishment soon became a major restoration project spanning five and a half years.

It was a project of love for Sue, who worked tirelessly to bring each room to life through a mixture of colour, texture and palette. Starting with the curtains, each room was built upon layer by layer to create an elegant and comfortable country house style.