"Ashbrook has been family home of the Ash family since before 1595. The Honorable
The Irish Society records the Ash family as one of only four 'native land
owners' prior to the plantation. It is set in 30 acres of mature parkland on
the outskirts of the city of Londonderry- The Maiden City, made famous by the
Ulster Plantations and The Siege of Derry. The Ash family is the only family
who have lived in the same house continuously. This is certainly unique in the
North West. "
Now the Ashbrook House and Gardens is not open to the public, its a private family home. Only normally open on such events as European Heritage Open Weekends and the likes...and as recently featured on UTV as part of that weekends events.
Mrs Beresford-Ash has kindly agreed to give a tour of the house and gardens to our group. The Late Mr Beresford Ash was a tree expert and there are some magnificant trees and plants in the gardens....and the house itself is just amazing....from the get go witht he 6' thick walls....history dripping out everywhere.
Get a taste here on this Virtual Tour.....amazing!!!!!!!!
Right the details:
Venue: Ashbrook House
Date: 28th October
Buggies: Not ideal
Kids: aye....i'll have mines....but again its an old house...if you break it you buy it!
Cost: £4 per head
Duration: 2 hours....at least...prob close to 3...depends how much walkign you want to do...gardens run right down to the Faughan
Picnic: Yeah...ideal for it
Clothing: something for walking indoors with and wellies/boots for outdoors....great paths down to the Faugahn in the gardens...
Please leave a comment on the blog if you can make it.....
Numbers limited to 30 for the tour of the house....I'll have to ask permission for 2 groups if the demand is there...