The La Touche Hotel is a landmark building. It is one of the first buildings you see in the distance as you enter Greystones coming down Windgates Hill. It represents so many memories for all residents in the town. It is a beautiful building and has a rich history. It has a link with so many elements of the Greystones community. Even from a political point of view, it is the hotel in which Michael Collins stayed the night before he went to Britain to negotiate for our country.
THE LA TOUCHE ESTATE
When David La Touche, the Dublin Banker and Member of the Irish Parliament, purchased the Ballydonagh Estate at Delgany in 1753 he built a residence facing east on a gentle slope between five and six hundred feet above sea level. It was a Georgian building faced with red brick, with granite plinth and cornice and a granite portico with four lonic columns somewhat undersize and a flight of three granite steps leading to a wide terrace with a granite balustrade. From this terrace a magnificent view delighted the eye. In the foreground a well-wooded park with chestnut, oak, beech and ash, beyond which stretched out to the sea Upper and Lower Rathdown and Killincarrick, while away to the right lay Kilcoole, Newcastle and Wicklow Head. As a background the St. George’s Channel glitters in the morning sun with an unbroken view of the horizon. Little wonder that Mr. La Touche named his new country residence Bellevue.
He died there in 1785 at the age of 81 and was buried at Delgany. His son, Peter La Touche, who succeeded to the Bellevue Estate, built the present church at Delgany, which contains a celebrated piece of sculpture