Powerscourt House & Gardens

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So rumour has it we are going to get some decent weather this week! After the disappointment of the Summer so far this is good news, very good news! πŸ™‚

This week I bring you a post with a little idea of something to do on one of those all too rare sunny days in Ireland. I recently stayed in the Powerscourt Hotel, and while out that neck of the woods decided to visit Powerscourt House and Gardens.

The house was completed in 1741 and was designed around the medieval castle in the style of Palladian architecture. It is an absolutely stunning building and sits beautifully at the entrance of the gardens. Powerscourt House was recently voted asΒ One of the Top Ten Houses and Mansions Worldwide by the Lonely Planet Guide and it’s not hard to see why.

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Upon walking through the house to the Italian Gardens you are met with an amazing view of the Sugar Loaf and the Wicklow mountains.

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Veering left brings you past Tower Valley, where you find the Pepperpot Tower, modelled on a pepperpot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table.

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My favourite area was the Japanese Gardens. Here you will find a Pagoda and a trickling stream under pretty Japanese bridges.

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There view of the house from Triton Lake is spectacular and there’s also a beautifully well kept Walled Garden.

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We were lucky enough to get a lovely day to enjoy our stroll. If you are feeling peckish there is an Avoca cafe and store offering plenty of goodies. And for the shoppers out there the Design Loft offers hand-craftsΒ and original Irish design, from jewellery and accessories to home-wares.

If you find yourself at a loose end over the summer I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Powerscourt House for a little day trip πŸ™‚

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens
Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry,
Co. Wicklow
Ph: + 353 (0) 1 204 6000
Web: http://powerscourt.com/

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