TO celebrate the lifting of restrictions, Ballintubbert Gardens and House will fling open the gates on Sunday 6 June from noon to 5pm to welcome visitors.
Members of the public are welcome to spend the day strolling through the stunning 14 acres of gardens, while wandering through the formal organic gardens, run wild in the long meadow, play hide and seek in the woodlands and perhaps play skittles in the orchard. The owners will be dusting off the good cups and offering teas and coffees and sumptuous cakes from the pop-up tea shop.
Jenifer, the head gardener, will tell the story of their organic journey and what it entails. It does involve spraying, but only with nettle and comfrey tea fertiliser.
Located in a picturesque valley between Stradbally and Athy, Ballintubbert occupies a rich heritage in Co Laois. The house itself was built in 1725 and this beautifully restored Georgian residence has been largely associated with literary and theatrical figures throughout the ages having been home to poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actors John Hurt and Sebastian Shaw at various stages.
While the house commands central stage, the gardens have always been a core feature of the property and have become an experience in their own right. The ethos of Ballintubbert has always been based on clear sustainability practices.
Further open days will also take place on Thursday 8 July, Sunday 15 August and Sunday 26 September. Admission for adults is €10, while there’s no charge for under-12s. Last visitors accepted at 3pm. Please contact Jackie at [email protected] or 087 3981191 to book.