Historic house, garden and woodland walks perched over River Blackwater. Terraced looped paths lead to the 18th century Rock house and Bastion. Acid loving plants, rhododendrons, azaleas, and magnolias, as well as ferns, mosses and woodland flora amongst 22 acres of mature native trees.
For well over 500 years (21 generations) the Castle and Mansion-House of Dromana has been the seat of one of the principal families in the south of Ireland – the FitzGeralds, Lords of the Decies, later Villiers-Stuart.
Dromana no longer boasts large agricultural acreages although the garden and woodland walks stretch to 30 acres overlooking the majestic Blackwater River. A number of the trees at Dromana today date back to the 1st Earl of Grandison who planted 64,480 trees between 1742 and 1744.
Amongst the trees there are numerous mature rhododendrons interspersed with many other younger acid loving plants such as azaleas, camellias and magnolia.
The present generation are in the process of clearing and replanting the formal terraces which lead down to the water’s edge. According to Daniel Grose’s book Antiquities of Ireland 1766-1838 the terraces were grassed but subsequently they were planted with Ponticum as the emphasis shifted to the two large walled gardens.
As you meander around the looped paths at Dromana you may choose to take a stroll down the end of the ‘Ladies Walk’ to the oak tree where the ladies of yesteryear would make a wish before returning perhaps to the Rock House for a picnic while their men folk had gone hunting.
Another interesting feature of Dromana is the Bastion, a 17th century outer fortification and boat house with its grassed roof. This is a stunning place to sit and watch some of the wildlife of the Blackwater such as otters, not to mention the spectacular bird life of the river.
While Dromana is predominately a spring garden it is a glorious place to visit at anytime throughout the year, to either spend a couple of hours, or a couple of nights in one of the two self catering apartments on the grounds. Visitors can also enjoy traditional afternoon teas by appointment.
Dromana House and Gardens is located 5km south of Cappoquin on the east bank of the River Blackwater. Approaching from Cappoquin, take Dungarvan Road (N72). Turn right on sharp bend onto Dromana Drive/Villierstown road. Approaching from Villierstown direction, entrance is on your left as you leave the wooded area of Dromana Drive.
(Note for large coaches Dromana Bridge takes max 2.8m wide/high – alternative route by Villierstown)
Toilets, parking, some water proof footwear. Refreshments for groups by appointment.
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