The time had come for us to leave our comfortable room in the Talbot Hotel in Wexford and return our convenient Renault Megane rental car. We were heading to Collon to spend our last few days in Ireland with F & J, who had toured Italy and France with us.
On the way, we hoped to visit Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, if only the weather would cooperate. We had tried to visit on our way to Wexford, but it was bucketing down rain and there was no point.
Pulling out of the parking lot, the weather looked promising, but as we drove further North, the rain started and at times become torrential. Hmmmm, I did not have a good feeling about this.
Nearing Powerscourt, the rain abated and we decided to make the visit.
Powerscourt Estate and Gardens is located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland and is a large country estate known for its house and landscaped gardens, occupying 19 hectares (47 acres).
The house was originally a 13th century castle and was extensively altered between 1731 and 1741. A fire in 1974 left the house a shell, until it was renovated in 1996.
In 1844, Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt inherited the title and estate (then 200 square kilometersor 49,000 acres) at the age of 8. At the age of 21, he embarked on an extensive renovation of the house and created the gardens.
Today Powersourt has been voted #3 of the top 10 gardens in the world.
We managed to pull off our visit without getting wet and despite rushing a bit, we were glad we stopped. Here are the pix.
Outside the gardens and showing the adjacent golf course
The house inside and out
The grounds, details and statuary
the trees and pet cemetery
The fountains and ponds
The Japanese Garden
Bits and pieces