Day 1. Wednesday, 25th.
Meet at MOYALIFFE HOUSE, Ballycahill, Co.Tipperary on Wednesday midday.
After a light lunch and a tour of the walled garden at Moyaliffe House, currently under restoration, we depart for
BALLINTUBBERT HOUSE AND GARDENS, STRADBALLY, CO.LAOIS.
Enjoy a guided tour by head gardener, Jenifer Taggart, and delicious afternoon teas here. This garden is soon to attain organic certification and will be the first ornamental garden of its kind in Ireland to have such certification.
Return to Moyaliffe House and enjoy dinner in the grand old dining room, featuring produce from the walled garden. Stay overnight in this historic house.
Day 2. Thursday, 26th.
Depart Moyaliffe House and proceed to
LISMORE CASTLE AND GARDENS, LISMORE, CO.WATERFORD.
With its combination of fascinating history and a spectacular location on the banks of the River Blackwater, Lismore Castle makes for a very memorable visit. The gardens are equally impressive and consist of 3 distinct gardens set within the castle walls. There is an ancient yew walk and other notable trees. The Castle is currently the private home of Lord and Lady Burlington. We will enjoy lunch here in the on site café within the gardens.
TOURIN HOUSE AND GARDENS, CAPPOQUIN, CO.WATERFORD.
Just a short distance up the Blackwater River lies Tourin House and Gardens, owned by several generations of the Jameson family of the Irish whiskey fame.We will enjoy a tour of the house and gardens by one of the 3 Jameson sisters living at Tourin House. The house dates from 1841 and is an Italianate style villa surrounded by 25 acres of grounds. The original garden dates from 1840 and contains a walled garden and a 17th century Tower House.
Return to Moyaliffe House for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3. Friday, 27th.
Depart Moyaliffe House and proceed to
CLONOHILL GARDENS, COOLRAIN, CO.LAOIS.
The gardens were created by floral artist, Enda Thompson-Phelan and surround Clonohill House. Plant enthusiasts will find a surprise around every corner and the meandering paths through the garden are a delight. From the woodland garden filled with trilliums and hellebores, to ‘Jacob’s Walk’ lined by miniature hostas and then on to a lawn area with colourful borders. Morning teas will be enjoyed in the onsite café overlooking the large lake.
Return to Moyaliffe House and the end of the tour.
COST PER PERSON: €635
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.
Laois & Waterford gardens - May
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.