Our second new gardening tour lets you enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of rural Ireland.
Our second new gardening tour lets you enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of rural Ireland, with mountains, fast flowing rivers, lakes and a treasury of unique and fascinating gardens found in the Counties of Wicklow, Laois and Offaly. Starting off with Hunting Brook, in the company of that gardening guru Jimi Blake, we finish at the restored mill and gardens of Fancroft, home of the Sweenys. You are sure to enjoy the contrasting beauty of each garden as we take to the warm heart of the Irish gardening world.
Our hotel is the four-star County Arms Hotel which sits on the edge of Birr, the historic centre of Ireland. All 70 ensuite bedrooms come with satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and WiFi. There is an indoor swimming pool, a gym, sauna, whirlpool and steam room.
We leave Belfast and travel to Blessington to visit Hunting Brook Gardens, the creation of Jimi Blake, where we have a guided tour. Discover this diverse garden with wonderful free-flowing flowers and grass borders leading off to a woodland dell. We continue our journey to Birr arriving in time for dinner.
Hotel County Arms Hotel, Birr **** (3 nights D, B&B)
This morning we make the short journey to Birr Castle Demesne to tour the gardens and arboretum, viewing Lord Rosse’s remarkable collection of rare trees and shrubs. The rest of the day is free in Birr.B, D
Our first garden today is at Fruitlawn House, a modest sized garden full of interesting plants allowed to sow themselves freely wherever they fall. There features a mixed double border, vegetable gardens and the eponymous fruit planted lawn. Our next visit is Fancroft Mill and Gardens where Marcus and Irene Sweeney have lovingly restored a magnificent mill that we are invited to view before a walk around their lovely garden.B, D
Our return journey takes us to the Kildare Outlet Village where we have some retail therapy before arriving back in Belfast at 5pm.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included
3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Services of driver/courier
Admission to Hunting Brook Garden, Birr Castle Demesne, Fruitlawn House and Fancroft Mill and Gardens
Visit to Kildare Outlet Village
Single Room Supplement £55
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