Ardtara House...back in 1948.
Now the multi award winning Country House under the wing of acclaimed chef Ian Orr of Browns Restaurants, but this was Ardtara Country House back in 1948, note the wonderful walled kitchen garden, tiered gardens, orangery and formal lawns...
Springhill House, Spring tour
On March 24th from 12, our famous Non-Gardeners Gardeners Cub has been invited for a tour of the famous Springhill House, Moneymore, Magherafelt. (full directions etc here on their website). This 17th century plantation house is closed to the pblic over the winter months and re-opens on the weekend of the 16th March, so our tour will be on the second weekend of the year.
Our group has been invited for some-what of an exclusive tour as apart from getting a tour of the House, Gardens, Parklands our tour will be guided by the relevant staff/experts (ie part of the gardening team will lead the tour of the gardens), we will also have access to the allotment/kitchen garden area which public are not normally allowed access to.
If you visit their website you will get a right idea of the scale of the house,gardens etc with their famous Chamomile lawn and the 1000 year old Yew tree....
Springhill is National Trust property and as such they charge for entry. This tour of the house, gardens, parkland, veg gardens etc etc includes tea&coffee and scones in the cafe and is offered at £10 per head.
Take a virtual tour here to wet your whistle...
Date 24th March
Time 12 (may be subject to change)
Cost £10 per head
Clothing - prepare for amazing spring sunshine!
Buggies - Aye, all good paths and easy access
Kids - Aye, i'll hae ma 2 so bring yours too...
Picnic - Aye, mind tea and scones is provided and there is a cafe on site, but a picnic would be amazing if the weathers right
Dogs - No
My few pictures only give a tiny impression of Springhill, hopefully you can make it in person.
Leave a comment on the blog if you can make it. Hopefully we can arrange some car-sharing at the same time for folks travelling from Derry/Coleraine/Limavady/Donegal/Strabane etc....if you think you might have a spare seat even let folks know, or if you need a lift do likewise....Cheers guys.
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