Laois, Waterford & Offaly Gardens
PLEASE NOTE: MAXIMUM 10
2 Nights Away
Tuesday 25th May
Depart Moyaliffe House and travel to
CASTLE DURROW, Durrow, Co. Laois. The Demesne gardens at Castle Durrow present formal terraces, a beautiful walled garden of grand proportions, a sunken Italian garden and many other features which will leave the visitor awe inspired.
Enjoy a guided garden tour here.
Lunch in café in Durrow.
Visit BALLINTUBBERT GARDENS, Stradbally, Co. Laois. This remarkable garden covers an area of 14 acres and 20 garden rooms to date. Be blown away by the canal at the front of the house, the Lutyens garden and the many other features. Enjoy a garden tour here and afternoon teas/coffees.
Return to Moyaliffe House for an overnight stay. Dinner at Moyaliffe House using produce grown in the walled garden.
Wednesday, 26th May
Depart Moyaliffe House for
MOUNT CONGREVE GARDENS, CO. WATERFORD. Have a guided garden tour of these dramatic gardens by the Head Gardener. The timing of our visit coincides with the flowering of the rhododendrons and magnolias. Enjoy one of the largest private plant collections in the world.
Proceed from here to visit DROMANA HOUSE and GARDENS near Cappoquin. This garden boasts an idyllic natural setting overlooking the Blackwater River. We will have lunch at Dromana House with river views
Continue on to LISMORE CASTLE and GARDENS. Enjoy the grounds of the estate with its collection of trees and shrubs and have a snack in their tea rooms.
Return to Moyaliffe House for overnight stay.
Dinner at Parkers Restaurant, Holycross.
Thursday 27th May
Depart Moyaliffe House for
BELLEFIELD HOUSE, SHINRONE, CO. OFFALY. Owner Angela Jupe is a renowned Garden Designer and her work is evident in her gorgeous garden. The walled garden is a fantastic feature.
Enjoy a tour of Angela’s garden followed by lunch at Woodfield Garden Centre in Birr.
In the afternoon we will visit
GASH GARDENS, CASTLETOWN, CO. LAOIS
Gash gardens are owned by Horticulturists Mary Keenan and Ross Doyle and have been created over 25 years into a 4 acre plantsperson’s oasis. In this tranquil garden, water abounds with streams, ponds and waterfalls and a riverside walk. Add to this the mix of textures, scents and flowers from the myriad of plants and trees and you have a garden of great enjoyment. We will allow time to peruse the onsite nursery where plants can be purchased.
Depart for Moyaliffe House.
Cost per person: €450
All tour costs include garden entry and guided tour fees, mini-bus transport, twin / double shared accommodation, most meals, morning and afternoon teas.All tours start and finish at Moyaliffe House, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary E41HX59 Ireland.
Historic Moyaliffe House is home to your tour leader, Lorna Vallely.
The landscaped grounds of 12 acres surround the house which dates from 1820, a feature of which are the 200 year old Beech, Oak and Lime trees. The grounds also include a Beech walk, the remains of a 12th century Norman castle on top of a motte and the grand water fountain and pond. Another feature of Moyaliffe is its 2 acre walled garden which is listed on Ireland’s Register of Protected Structures. This is currently undergoing restoration with a newly built glasshouse hoping to emulate the Victorian era. There is an orchard planted within the walled garden and vegetables, herbs and soft fruit growing being carried out. The river Clodagh flows along one side of the garden and there are frequent sightings of swans and herons. Rare sightings of Otters along the river cause great excitement!
Your comfortable accommodation within Moyaliffe House assures you of garden or river views, dinner if applicable of locally sourced ingredients, often with produce from the walled garden, and a tasty breakfast. Feel free to wander through the grounds or play a game of tennis on the all weather tennis court.