In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth, in 2003 Irelands very own horticultural genius Jimi Blake created Hunting Brook Gardens. I only have one hundred and fifty words to tell you how fantastic this garden is, which is truly impossible, so I will sum it all up in just a few words. If God did indeed create the garden of Eden, then I would imagine it was similar to that of Hunting Brook. Due to the day getting late and the promise of rain, I made my way around Jimi's garden with gusto, but don't read too much into that, I could of literally spent the whole day here. I came face to face with plants, flowers and indeed trees that I had never seen before and in short, despite me not being very green fingered myself, after spending just a small amount of time in the company of Jimi, I now feel truly converted!
Huntington Castle & Gardens
Attraction,Guest House / B&Bs,Self Catering in Co. Carlow
Visit Huntington Castle to step into another world. The 17th century castle is a treasure trove of historical architecture and objects, while the Yew Tree Walk, Lime Tree Avenue and water features are just some of the elements of Huntington’s delightful gardens and pleasure grounds. Located in Clongal, County Carlow, Huntington Castle was originally built by Lord Edmond in 1625 as a defensive garrison, and after its soldiers relocated, it was developed into a family home. Many generations of the family added various extensions and details, resulting in the creation of a truly unique and interesting building. Visit the gardens of Huntington Castle to get truly lost in nature. From the formal Par Terre gardens and charming ‘ wilderness’ area these original 17th Century gardens are one of only handful remaining in the country. The guided tour of the castle takes place on the hour, every afternoon May to September. The excellent tea rooms, gift shop, and adventure playground means its the perfect location for a family day out.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay with a difference, we can offer some fantastic accommodation packages. Huntington has a small number of historic guest rooms, all with original period features such as period furniturefour poster beds and oak panelling. Most rooms are en suite and each room has its own character and story to tell. We can offer catering for groups by prior arrangement - using fresh local produce where possible. We are also proud to recommend the award winning Sha Roe Bistro, which won Georgina Campbell's best chef award in Ireland. Sha Roe is situated at the bottom of the front avenue, beside Osborne's, a charming traditional Irish pub. Both are within a few minutes walk of the Castle, so no taxis required! Guests staying with us have full access to the gardens and estate, and we can also arrange activities or itineraries by prior arrangement.
The Gate Lodge
At the entrance to the Castle gates by the edge of the village is a charming 17th Century Gatelodge. This delightful property has two double rooms sleeping 4 people. The gatelodge has been completely refurbished recently and is now available to rent from anything for a few nights to a few weeks on a self catering basis. Please email or call us with any enquiries.