For more Pics from Drenagh Estate see here
Some wonderful pics here of Drenagh Estate from our Country House Ramble event from Martin Duffy.....
For more Pics from Drenagh Estate see here
Gerald McGill who was on Sundays Country House Ramble in Drenagh Estate has just sent me a copy of some of his pictures he took....and boy is there some belters...have a looksee at these and try not to be impressed!!
For more on Drenagh check out previous blog posts here
they're just fantastic......as more pics come in I'll be sure to add them to the website...thanks Gerald!!
A certain date for your diary is the 10th of November 2013, this is when you'll have the opportunity to come for a Country Estate ramble with myself in Drenagh Estate in Limavady.
The walk will take in many of the highlights of the Drenagh Estate from the Walled Garden, Moon Garden, Woodland walk, WW2 Avenue, ancient Drumachose Church ruins, Broughan Wall, landscapes lawns, ancient and mature trees, Conifer arboretum and much more...
Please visit the official Website of Drenagh Estate for lots of details of the estate, and see this previous posting highlighting some of the features I saw before on a previous visit to the Drenagh estate.
The Autumn colours on the trees are just turning and this will prove to be a photographers dream!
So here folks are the details:
Date 10th November
Time 12noon depart from the car park at the walled garden
Cost £10 per person
Duration of walk - walk should be complete in around 2 hours, as you can appreciate with over 1,000 acres there is a lot to take in but under the guidance of Mr Conolly McCausland we have selected a lovely walk which takes in many of the features and gives umpteen photo opportunities. The walk itself will be fairly level with a few gentle slopes but is not suitable for those who are not sure-footed.
Strictly no Dogs. The grassland areas will be difficult with buggies.
The walk will take in some grassland and some muddy paths so wellington boots or rugged footwear will be essential.
To pre-book your place on this tour please leave a comment below, this is the easiest way for me to keep track of everyone coming. This tour is limited to 75 people so pre-booking will be essential. This is the first time this estate has been opened for this kind of public access!!
I am in no doubt that Drenagh, near Limavady, remains the finest demesne in County Londonderry; one of the noblest country houses in the Province.
The Moon Garden of Drenagh Estate is a special section of the near 1000 acre grounds. The 'core' of the Moon Garden pre-dates the current Mansion House and Conolly McCausland tells a wonderful story of how it was adapted to its current use by his late Grandmother. Now it serves as a wonderful intimate area to have a champagne reception or for wedding ceremonies.
On the far wall you can see what looks to be Bee Boles, these were old ways of keeping bees (pre 1830). These were very popular in Victorian Gardens, as even back then Victorian Gardeners understood how important bees were to polination of orchards and flower gardens
The flowers of the Moon Garden are all white, including the fabulous White Wisteria plants, Wisteria is a plant which thrives in full sun, and if your ever thinking about planting a Wisteria, plant a sizeable plant, a good mature fellow, as they can take a number of years to flower...
I was so wonderfully fortunate to have been invited to sample the amazing beauty of Drenagh Estate. This historic estate is located just outside of Limavady, a short drive from Derry-Londonderry the UK City of Culture 2013. Drenagh is a sizeable estate offering a wide range of services and products, as can be seen on their official website, including the most wonderful setting for exclusive weddings and sumptuous accommodation.
Every since I read this feature piece that Conolly McCausland did with the Londonderry Sentinel in 2012, I've always wanted to visit the Estate, and indeed pieces like this from Davis Photography have only served to wet my appetite for the grounds of Drenagh Estate.
The Parkland gardens are full of some awesome Heritage Trees, like this Sycamore (Listed with Tree Council of Ireland) which is just huge..., there is another Sycamore listed with the Tree Council of Ireland too
The grounds around Drenagh are littered with fabulous picture opportunities, and amazing venues for wedding photography, like this Moon Garden area, one of the few buildings that pre-date the 18th century mansion house on the Drenagh estate.
There is near 1000 acres within Drenagh Estate and the gardens themselves are ample, the original architect laid out a terraced garden, which can be viewed from this impressive vantage point...I'd say in Spring and Autumn it is quite spectacular...
The Walled Garden area is very impressive, the walls are completely intact, and this makes for an amazing venue for the Marque wedding, complete and utter seclusion and privacy. Conolly himself has done some recent works in the walled garden by reinstating some paths, replanting plum trees and has developed the most incredible of visions for the gardens. Within the walled garden you can see features from its previous role as a productive garden, one which required 6 full time gardeners.
View towards the Marquee and decking area, all set up for weddings which are held in the Walled Garden, the wall to the left is the former Hot-Wall, which would have been for growing Peaches and the likes, the location can be seen by the different colours of the brickwork when you're in the garden
Within a former Hot Bed Greenhouse Conolly has a bed full of wonderful Artichokes and a central bed full of wild Lupins, which in early summer must look pretty spectacular. Within the kitchen garden Conolly also maintains 2 sizable vegetable garden areas which provide the freshest of produce, and lots of edible flowers, to the main house.
Apart from the aforementioned Arboretum, Italian Terraced Garden, Walled Kitchen Garden Drenagh also boasts some wonderful buildings, such as this former Gardeners Cottage, draped in Wisteria is must be a sight to behold in the early summer.
I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours touring the gardens around Drenagh Estate, there is so many wonderful things to see and the grounds are just littered with picture postcard moments, I can fully appreciate why Drenagh has become so popular with couples looking for a truly memorable vacation or wedding venue.
Drenagh Estate can be easily contacted through their Official Website or on the Drenagh Estate Facebook Page. Drenagh Estate is private and only open upon appointment.
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