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“A well loved garden has had a make-over” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rowallane Garden

Rowallane Garden
Saintfield BT24 4LH, Northern Ireland
44-28-9751-0131
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Saintfield
Type: Gardens
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“A well loved garden has had a make-over”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Rowallane gardens owned by the National Trust just outside the village of Saintfield have long been a favourite place for a peaceful stroll. However, as we were away for a large part of 2012 it is well over 6 months since we were last there. There has been a transformation. The house which used to be the HQ for the NT in Northern Ireland has now a shop and cafe in the ground floor with the offices relocated to the courtyard. The conversion has been well done. Where my reservations are focused, however, relates to the parts of the gardens which have been extensively opened up with large gravel paths. Presumably, these changes are designed to attract families pushing buggies. No doubt the rather stark paths will mellow over time but we are delaying our judgment on what has been done: we do have reservations.

Visited March 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Spring gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Rowallane is a National Trust property, gardens laid out in the 19th century round a country house. The gardens are particularly rich in rhododendrons and azaleas, but specimen trees give colour and interest all year round.

The new restaurant in the house serves excellent coffee, tea and cakes, and home-produced lunches. There is a terrace which may be used whenever the weather permits.

I regularly walk my dog in Rowallane, which has a field with some woodland set aside where dogs can be exercised off the lead, a boon in these dog-intolerant days, and greatly appreciated by many local dog-owners.

Visited March 2013
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“Tranqil Surroundings.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My family and I are regular visitors to the Rowallane gardens and never tire of its appeal. Beautiful walks around walled gardens , herb gardens all provide what is needed for a relaxing day out with nature all around.

Visited December 2012
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“Christmas Fair!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It is part of my family tradition to visit the Christmas market ever year and we have never been disappointed

Visited December 2011
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“Pleasant gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Rowallane is quite a small property but has a large area of woodland, some fields and attarctive gardens. It has some paths but it is very pleasant to just wander around through the trees and explore. The rock garden and walled gardens are worth a visit. Found the herb garden fascinating. The house itself is fairly simple but has a lovely, airy feel . The new coffee shop is particularly attractive with a patio area and good views of the gardens from inside.
The staff are all very helpful and welcoming.

Visited September 2012
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