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“nice place, bad weather” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Glanleam House & Subtropical Gardens

Glanleam House & Subtropical Gardens
Valentia Island, Ireland
353-66-947-6176
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Milan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“nice place, bad weather”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The "Gardens" consists of a main house, and a set of cottages in the area. There is access to the sea, but it's a long walk on a slippery path and the sea in Ireland is pretty rough, very cold and can be dangerous. Unless you're extremely confident in your swimming abilities and hypothermia is not an issue, go the local swimming pool in the nearby village.

We spent a week there in August 2012. It did rain a lot, however we did not allow rain to spoil our time there. We had a good time and good company. We were staying in one of the houses in the estate. 2 families each with 3 children. We made a good use of the fireplace.

The place is convenient if you have kids 'cause they can go around the garden w/o too much supervision. Of course they need to be careful 'cause there are farm animals (from dogs to goose and horses), but the kids loved the place. Once we equipped them with Wellingtons everything worked fine and the mud stayed out of the house (mostly).

Valentia Island is a nice location, basically "on" the "ring of Kerry" and you can take day-trips to several locations.

The only negative note was that we had several problem with the house appliances (stove, oven etc.) which were old and a leakage in one of the bathroom that requested the intervention of a plumber.

A note of caution goes with the fact that if you stay at one of the cottage like we did, you've to plan in advance what you gonna need, 'cause the nearest store is off the island. There is actually a very small one by the port/ferry, however they only have very basic stuff.

All other things equal, it's a place I would recommend especially to families (also large one) who wants to spend time together in a nice place w/o too many frills.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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“A Subtropical Garden of healing & peace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

While on our West Coast of Ireland trip we discovered a beautiful, lush & peaceful subtropical Garden on Valentia Island in Co. Kerry. My husband Bill & I walked the 5 km gardens & trail that the current German owner has been bringing back. In the process she has researched & discovered that At one time the house & property was owned by the Knights of Kerry. The house at that time didn't have running water because there were enough servants to to carry the water from outside. During the time of the famine it was used as a refuge by those who were ill. She's found a healing well & healing energy slate. It is hidden treasure created in the 1830's with plants from all over the world. There is a "safe forest"; a fairy tree & bamboo forest so many varieties of wild flowers. It's natural beauty is perfect for an unhurried afternoon stroll alone; with family; friends or as a couple. Bring your walking shoes & a camera

Visited September 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“locked in”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My Family from wales come to Ireland every year and this year they decided to do some sight seeing and after hearing so much about the ring of kerry they decided on that trip,, Beautiful scenery and they met some lovely people they decided to take a ferry trip to Valentia Island it is a beautiful place but unfortunately they ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up in the grounds of Glanleam House there they took a picture of the beautiful lake and got back in their car suddenly a woman appeared from no where and started shouting at them her Mother who is 81 was with them was very frightened the woman continued to shout despite them apologising so many times. Her husband drove away and the woman ran back in the house as they got to the gates they started closing she locked them in and wouldnt let them out for at least 15mins,, Frightening and not a pleasant experience,,

Visited September 2012
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Dublin
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“Beautiful, romantic and peaceful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

While on the Valentia Island, I recommend to go to the Glanleam Gardens. It is located near Knightstown, when you go to the town, follow signs to Gardens. Gardens are opened from 10am (Apr-Oct) and a ticket costs 6euro per person.
The house (18th century) and surroundings are really beautiful. There are many different types of trees and plants, mostly unique tropical trees and bamboos. You feel like you are in a jungle or a rainforest.
The owner is really nice and she welcomed us and talked us through gardens' routes.

Amazing place for a walk, while you can relax and enjoy beautiful nature and views.
Thre is also a picnic area and toilet facilities in the gardens.
Car park available in front of the house.

It's great that a such amazing place has been opened to the public by their owners.
It's definately worth a visit!

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

the grounds were well kept and views across bay are stunning. We enjoyed exploring the grounds.The toilet facilities were clean but basic.

Visited June 2012
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