This Georgian Walled Garden was built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family over 200 years ago, before 1814. Restoration work by volunteers, organised by Hook Tourism, began in July 2010, after a five-year licence was signed with the garden’s owners Coillte Teoranta. The original layout of the Walled Garden has been reinstated as it was in the 1830’s. The main features of this 2.5 acre stone/brick lined Walled Garden include curved corners, two intra mural structures on the dividing brick wall which splits the garden into two sections, east (Ornamental) and west (Kitchen), and a river, crossed by 5 bridges, which flows through the length of the Walled Garden. It is situated in a verdant vale with beautiful wooded scenery filled with songbirds. Visitors pass through the quondam village of Tintern along the woodland path where bluebells and wild garlic abound in springtime. In summer beech trees cast a dappled shade until the open blue sky of the Walled Garden is reached, where Colclough eagles still fly.
Co. Wicklow is synonymous for being the garden of Ireland, however all over Ireland and in many counties, gardens are springing up everywhere, some new, some revamped and some that have been here for centuries. When it comes to open gardens, Ireland is itself catching the U.K. up per square mile and is fast becoming a nation of garden lovers. Here at Colclough, the team have lovingly restored this Walled Garden into something very special indeed. A visit here will uncover 2.5 acres of pure gardening genius and whilst I walked around Colclough, I was transported back to 1838 where one can quite easily imagine what life would of been like back then. A visit here will not break the bank and I personally feel it's great value for money and would of gladly paid double. But the team here are not here for money, this is a community non for profit garden and I promise without a shadow of a doubt, if you weren't a garden lover when you arrived, you certainly will be when you come to leave.