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Loughcrew House and Gardens
Once part of the lands belonging to the Plunkett family, Loughcrew has a rich history and is home to Loughcrew Cairns, the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. Loughcrew House and Gardens is an ideal place for day trips with its stunning gardens, coffee shop, historic buildings, adventure course and gilding school. The gardens are an intriguing place to take a walk through gardening and archaeological history. Loughcrew will enchant everyone who visits it. Loughcrew House and Gardens are a 10 minute drive from Clonabreany House and special offers are available for Clonabreany House guests.
Grove Open Farm and Gardens
Grove Gardens consists of four acres of gardens outside Kells, County Meath and features the clematis walk containing over 300 species of small and large flowered hybrids and herbaceous climatic. The rose garden has over 400 plants of French, English and modern roses. The tropical bird garden and mini zoo is a recent addition to Grove Gardens. A large variety of exotic and rare breeds of birds are housed in purpose built aviaries designed to become part of the gardens and create a unique setting for such a facility.
The Dillon family have lived at the Grove since the 1700 and farmed mostly cattle and sheep. They were originally tenants of the Rothwell estate.
Grove Garden host special children’s events at Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Contact Grove Garden for further details and opening hours on (046) 9434276
Ballinlough Castle Gardens
The gardens at Ballinlough castle were restored by Sir John and Lady Nugent in 1995 with help from the Great Gardens of Ireland restoration Programme. They include a substantial walled garden with some significant shrubs, roses and climbers. The picturesque lakeside walk, described recently as a botanist s paradise is home to many rare wild flowers making it a superb habitat for butterflies and other interesting fauna.
Lakeview Gardens, Mullagh
Lakeview Gardens, set in a Cavan landscape of drumlins and lakes, are newly restored, privately owned gardens, filled with plants, many of which are rare and unusual. Planted and maintained in a natural style the atmosphere is calm and peaceful. The Gardens are worked to organic standards and much of the surrounding farmland is of symbol organic status. The gardens are opened from May to September. A lay-by and seating area by the lake allows visitors to sit, picnic and overlook the water.
Tullynally Castle & Gardens, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
Tullynally has been the home of the Pakenhams' later Earls of Longford, for over 350 years. The original 17th century fortified house was remodelled first as a comfortable Georgian mansion, then as a huge rambling gothic revival castle in the early survive in private hands. The gardens, like the castle are on a magnificent scale, taking in nearly 12 hectares. Terraced lawns around the castle overlook superb 18th century parkland. The adjoining woodland gardens and walled gardens date largely from the early 19th century and encompass a grotto of eroded limestone from nearby Lough Derravaragh and two ornamental lakes. The present owners have added a Chinese garden, complete with pagoda and a Tibetan garden of waterfalls and streams; and a local sculptor has made fantastic woodcarvings in existing roots and trees. The walled gardens have extensive flower borders and an avenue of magnificent 200 year old Irish yews. For children, there is also an Adventure Trail leading to the lower lake, and for those who wish to take the gardens more slowly, there is an assortment of delightful, ornamental summer houses and seats, each offering a different view.