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“Ducketts Grove” 5 of 5 stars
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Duckett's Grove
Near Carlow Town, Carlow, Ireland
353 (0) 59 9130411
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Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Carlow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country.The first phase of the revival of two old walled gardens has now been completed by Carlow County Council, the old paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilising plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.The Upper Walled Garden, hedged with boxwood, is planted with historical varieties of shrub roses, a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies, a great variety of hardy and tender perennials and choice flowering shrubs.The Lower Walled Garden, once the site of the old orchard, contains a selection of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples amongst others. The borders also contain a variety of shrubs and perennials all echoing the past history of the gardens and people associated with Duckett’s Grove. Restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
Kells, Kilkenny, Ireland
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“Ducketts Grove”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My family and I (5 kids from 1 to 10 years old) really enjoyed my trip to Ducketts Grove. It's great to be able to ramble through the ruins of this revival gothic mansion with so many fantastic features like cellars and grotesque gothic faces. The restored gardens are great for a stroll and the kids had a chance to run around and explore. I did find some of the craft items on sale fairly expensive, however our visit to the tearooms was great, fantastic service and hospitality to say nothing of the fantastic lemon drizzle cupcakes - not to be missed!! The visit only costed €2 per adult and kids were free.

Visited November 2012
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“Lovely events”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have gone to a few family events that have been held here the most recent being the Carlow Co Childcare Commitee free day and it was lovely, sitting around having a picnic and enjoying the pretty gardens

Visited September 2012
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