Category Archives: Historical Homes
A couple of weekends ago we finally had a brief break in stormy weather we’ve been having this winter, so I used the opportunity to take a bus to the pretty village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow. From there I walked to the Powerscourt Estate in search of snowdrops to shoot in the spring sunshine. There’s nothing quite like the first flowers of the season to remind you that earth is awakening from her winter slumber and soon the world will be lush and green again!
Powerscourt did not disappoint; I spent several happy hours wandering in the gardens with my camera, lingering over the abundance of snowdrop flowers and stunning mountain views. The garden was full of singing birds, and I even shared some crumbs with a friendly robin living near the house. Afterwards a cup of tea and delicious slice of carrot cake in Avoca felt like the perfect way to get warm and wrap up the trip!
The gardens here are tended to beautifully and are always a pleasure to visit. In May they’re having a dawn chorus walk which sounds like an experience I’d love to take part in. I’ll definitely be returning here during the summer months to take some photos of the estate in full bloom.
On a sunny Saturday in September I visited Killruddery House, one of Ireland’s stunning historical homes, just outside Bray in Co Wicklow. Killruddery had been on my list of places to visit for quite some time, and I was delighted to make it there just at the end of the summer when most of the gardens were still in bloom and the orchard trees hung heavy with apples.
While I didn’t venture inside the house itself, I did have a nice wander around the gardens and food market for a couple of hours with the camera. It is possible to take a tour of the house, but on such a lovely day I didn’t feel like heading indoors! The grounds were a treat to explore, offering many different vantage points to view the house, plenty of secret spaces to discover and an abundance of mature trees just beginning to shift into their autumn colours. I loved it there :)
I also stopped for a rest in the tea rooms, where I had a wonderfully zesty citrus polenta cake with fresh cream and orange segments; it was delicious!
Well worth a visit, it’s less than an hour from Dublin’s city centre and makes an excellent place for a stroll on a nice day. The market is brimming with tempting local produce, and there are often events in the house and grounds for both children and adults alike. To find out more you can visit the Killruddery website or say hello to them on Twitter or Facebook.
I look forward to heading back there again at different times of year to see how the gardens change with the seasons.