The garden was laid out in the middle of the 19th century but there are vestiges of earlier periods in walls, gateways and streams. It was taken in hand by Lady Olivia Keane in the 1950’s and expanded by her in the late 1970’s. It reflects much of her taste and extensive knowledge of plants.
The garden is on a south facing 5 acre plot surrounding the house and looking over the valley. Soil is acid, free draining and overlying old red sandstone. The climate is Atlantic where it is cool in summer but relatively warm in winter. Planting types are much the same as in south west England (Devon or Cornwall).
The garden combines formal and informal planting within a context of mature trees some of which are over 150 years old.
Its main features are: a formal sunken garden with summer flowering perennials; a bleaching ground planted with broad leaf rhododendrons and other garden trees and shrubs; a pleasure ground with free standing mature trees; a pear and apple walk; a recently planted woodland walk.
Interesting plants and trees include old arboretum rhododendrons, myrtles so beloved of Irish gardens, schima, parotia together with magnolias, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses etc.
A particular and unusual feature of the garden are the fine views of the surrounding countryside which opens up as you go up the hill. Some of these views are shown in the gallery of photographs taken by Corinne Keane.
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