Wilderness Wonders at Woodstock
This past weekend I visited Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny. It's such an amazing place and If you have the chance I would highly recommend it. Woodstock Gardens are situated at the top of Inistioge itself. The village sits on the bank of the River Nore, with a picturesque setting and it's small town charm, it's a lovely place for a day trip.
The gardens were developed mainly during the Victorian Period, under Lady Louisa Tighe. The variety of exotic plants and tree are impressive, with two beautiful avenues, one of Noble Fir and also Monkey Puzzle Trees.
Woodstock House was built for Sir William Fownes by his Architect Francis Bindon between 1845-47. After a series of additions by former occupants the House eventually burnt down after it had been occupied by Black and Tan troops.
The last time I was at Woodstock was over 10 years ago. At that time you had to make your way through much of the over grown wilderness. It was lovely to be reminded of those days but also to see the work and love that has obviously gone into the restoration work of the grounds.
They have also built the cutest Tea Rooms I've seen, that along with the playground and vast greenery it seems like a great location for friends and families to spend the afternoon.