Recently I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Well House in Gorey, the owners are embarking on a spectacular reinstatement of the Daniel Robertson designed landscape which would have surrounded Wells House c 1830-1850. Over the past few years I've been visiting a number of properties associated with Robert Adam (Newliston, Hopetoun, Culzean etc) and its reported that Daniel Robertson worked with Robert Adam early in his career. In Ireland Daniel Robertson designed many heritage properties and landscapes, most notably Powerscourt. The Dictionary of Irish Architects has a substantial list of key properties Daniel worked on.
The landscape at Wells House is in different parts of re-instatement, some areas such as the Daniel Robertson Terraced Gardens are in an advanced stage, with substantial planting and path work having taken place, the drive and passion of Sabine Rosler (owner) to reinstate the landscape is infectious, and with confidence and surety Sabine talks through the works on-going with such ease that you know the next time you visit it'll be ever more impressive!
Aswell as the restored landscape the outbuildings associated with Wells House have been converted into wonderful shops, in an area called the Craft Courtyard, which leads onto the Animal Farm - an area full of petting animals and kids fun!
The Daniel Robertson Designed landscape could be argued is part of the recent history of Wells House, indeed a house has been on the site since the later 1600's, and as such there are some wonderful trees on the site, some form part of the Parkland at the front of the property, and some are part of the Arboretum which is under restoration.
The Lady Frances Woodland Walk is just one of the trails you can take to explore the gardens of Wells House, although my visit was in Autumn, Sabine showed me some wonderful pictures of the Bluebells, Foxgloves and Daffodil sways around the woodlands and gardens...And if your a big kid at heart you'l love the Gruffalo features, the fairy doors, the woodland sculptures and the wishing well makes a lovely feature.
Thanks to Sabine and Uli Rosler for a wonderful tour (and thanks to Uli for a wonderful chat about Biodynamic Farming). and if your planning on visiting I whole heartedly recommend the House Special Burger in Mrs Stone's Tea Room, the sauce that comes with it was just wonderful! For a venue only in its second year the Horticulture on show in Wells House is stunning, and it'll only get better over the next few years with the reinstatement of the Fountain Planting, the pool being reinstated, the front roundabout being reinstated, more planting around the outside dining areas and much much more! Pictures like this can only at best give a flavour of what you can see, its hard to convey the scale and size of the gardens in writing, the best way to get the full impact is to visit Wells House and Gardens in Gorey, County Wexford. Connect with Wells House on Facebook and Wells House on Twitter.
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