“I have visited Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens many times over the last couple of years and every time I drive through the front gates and up the gravel driveway I get a sense of excitement as I want to see the latest development to this unique gem that’s continuously evolving. Its a place that one has to visit at least twice in the year, ideally ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’, as there are three distinct area's: The woodland garden with its many specimen trees and plants surrounded by wonderful Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Candelabra Primulas which are truly magnificent with their vast display of colour that is both beautiful and breathtaking. Then there is the immaculate potager/vegetable garden with the home-produce being used for guests staying in the Manor house and those visiting the gardens for lunch. But for me what takes centre stage is the walled garden that has a long border of Herbaceous perennials filled to the brim with unique and wonderful treasures, that lead you along winding paths to the Italian Loggia that was given to the last owner, Colonel David Price as a wedding gift in 1957, if my memory serves me correctly. Then there’s a short walk back into the tea rooms when you'll come across borders of roses, dahlias and sweet peas as well as banana trees, so what I recommend you do is call over to Kilmokea, and experience a gourmet feast that their resident chef has prepared using vegetable freshly picked from the Manor’s gardens and finish it off with a slice of freshly baked chocolate cake and a good cup of coffee. The owners also host charity & theatrical events in the gardens throughout the year which are fabulous to view as the gardens are ideal for these kind of events. I went to see ‘Wind in the Willows’, performed there last year as well as a charity day for ‘From Russia with Love’ and I left with a great feel good factor as this wonderful establishment lends itself to these events, so I urge everyone to visit and enjoy this wonderful piece of heaven.
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