MYSTERY, MAGIC & ARTISTRY IN GRAND GARDENS
Mount Stewart Gardens are famed around the world for their grandeur and bold planting schemes, using many rare and tender plants. While the gardens thrive, thanks in part, to their mild location, their mystery, magic, and artistry belong to their creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry.
The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel, resembling an Italian villa landscape, while the wooded areas support plants from all corners of the world – ensuring there is something to see whatever the season. There are also various gardens walks to relax and enjoy the ambience of this peaceful environment; and an opportunity to discover statuary and topiary within the formal areas of the garden.
Mount Stewart House re-opened in April 2015 after a 3 year restoration project, costing £7 million. The House still retains the elegance and charm it had when it was home to the 7th Marchioness Edith and her family, and boasts 2,500 items of family memorabilia including paintings, ceramics, furniture and porcelain.
Visitors can enjoy new rooms on show, the opportunity to see significant family portraits, stunning silver collections and other treasures. There will be a guide in each room to tell you more about your surroundings.
Mount Stewart hosts a wide range of events during the year from jazz in the garden and car boot sales to Halloween Celebrations and magical Santa Experiences. Check their website for updates.
Mount Stewart is located a 10 minute drive from Newtownards (follow the A20 Portaferry Road); 30 minutes from Belfast; and 2 hours and 30 minutes from Dublin.
Photo credit: Tea room photo by Elaine Hill