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Extending to 45 acres in total on the edge of Bantry Bay, the gardens and grounds are a wonderful mix of formal and informal. Arranged over seven levels, highlights include the Italianate garden with its formal yew and box hedging and elevated ancient Wisteria Circle. Rising from this garden is the famed 'Stairway to the Sky' from the top of which there are stunning views over the gardens, House and to the Bay with the Cork/Kerry mountains beyond. On the front lawn are 14 round beds with the House forming an impressive backdrop. Elsewhere in the garden, visitors can stroll up to the walled garden (under restoration) with its ancient apple trees, and, during summer, glorious sunflowers.
OPEN: March - October, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
LOCATION: On N71 on western outskirts of Bantry
Tel: (027) 50047, Fax: (027) 50795
part of the Bantry House estate, Cashelane Gardens is a 4˝ acre garden
of mature trees, shrubs, exotic plants, pond, lawns and a beautiful
fountain built of local stone. Have an appointment made to have your
wedding photographs taken surrounded by the spectacular views of Bantry
Bay and the Caha Mountains. If you want peace and tranquillity this is
the place to come: bring a picnic and walk down to the sea to enjoy the
OPEN: May-September weekdays from 12 - 6 p.m. Week-ends and groups by appointment only.
LOCATION: From Glengarriff: Pass the Bay View B&B on your right, continue until pink house on right; turn into road in front of the house. From Bantry: Before you come to Glengarriff Village the entrance is just beside Harrington Hackney and Cab Service. Please park your car on the road.
Tel/Fax: (027) 63051
the most magical setting a garden could have is to be on an island
bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. This small island of 15
hectares is known to horticulturists all over the world as an island
garden of rare beauty. Its centrepiece is an outstanding Italian-style
garden designed by Harold Peto, linked by other formal features such as
a double sided herbaceous border and surrounded by a wild garden
blending into the wider setting of the exceptional sea and mountain
scenery around Glengarriff.
OPEN: Daily from 1st March - 31st October
LOCATION: 1 mile by boat from Glengarriff.
Tel: (027) 63040, Fax: (027) 63149
in Ireland, the South West's newest exotic garden. 30 different species
of Bamboo, 12 different species of Palm trees, huge tree ferns,
eucalypts, etc. Superb coastal woodland walks. Unique panoramic sea
OPEN: Open all year from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dogs welcome. Coffee Shop: Cakes (really homemade). Wedding Photographs by appointment. LOCATION: Glengarriff, just before the village, before the Eccles Hotel.
Tel: (027) 63570 or ticket office (027) 63975 (in season), Fax: (027) 63255
tranquil and relaxing 2 acre garden, where you can experience peace in
an oasis of calm and beauty surrounded by a river and mill stream and
accessible only by unique bridges. You can wander round the islands of
trees, flowers and shrubs, stroll by the river and enjoy the sights and
sounds of the waterfalls or relax in the Portico with Italian-style
columns, pond and rippling mill stream. Other features include woodland,
wet garden, natural rock garden, etc.
OPEN: 1st March - 30th October. Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Open Sundays and Bank Holidays by appointment only and open every day (including Sundays) during garden trail (10th-25th June).
LOCATION: Durrus Village. Entrance beside Wiseman's shop
Tel/Fax: (027) 61070
2 acre garden full of surprises and only a stone’s throw from beautiful
Dunmanus Bay. There are many different ‘rooms’ which feature a
Mediterranean garden, oriental garden, woodland garden with stream,
indoor and outdoor ferneries, southern hemisphere walk, sorbus walk and
grove. Collections of Sorbus, Acers, Restios, Tree Ferns, Terrestrial
Ferns, Hostas and Cordylines. The garden has featured on radio, TV and
several national and international publications. Unusual plants for
sale. (Sorry no dogs.)
OPEN: Every day except Monday 10th - 25th June, 12 - 5.30 p.m. and May - September by appointment. Groups at any time by appointment.
LOCATION: Just over 1 mile from Durrus on the Kilcrohane road. See sign.
Tel/Fax: (027) 61111, Mobile (087) 8161526
This seaside garden is entirely within 30 metres of the sea. It has extensive south-facing rockeries and the garden has many rare southern hemisphere plants as well as many salt-resistant plants. It has featured in TV programmes such as Gardeners’ World, Flying Gardener and Garden Heaven and in many magazines and newspaper articles.
OPEN: 10 a.m-5.30 p.m. during Garden Trail (10th-25th June), except
Thursdays. All other times by appointment.
LOCATION: From Durrus take right fork to Ahakista. After Ahakista pass castle on left. After 9/10; mile take left turn at sign for garden. Go to seashore. Garden on right.
Tel/Fax: (027) 67070
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