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“Beaufiful Gardens”
Review of Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Newtownards
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust's ownership. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season. Mount Stewart House re-opened after our 3 year long restoration project. We've brought back the elegance and charm of the house when it was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy in all its splendor. Six kilometers of walking trails wind through a landscape ‘lost in time’ and establishes Mount Stewart’s reputation as one of the best-preserved Irish country demesnes.
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Wonderful old building, was still in use partly by the last of the Londonderry,s until recently, well worth a visit to see how the other half lived!!! beautiful walkways and gardens.

Thank geraldryan777
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Just loved Mount Stewart. Ok - we were blessed with the weather last weekend - blue sky and sunshine - Northern Ireland just looked beautiful, lots of the rodedendruns were in full bloom and we had a lovely walk around the gardens - place looked amazing. By the way the restaurant at the main house serves wonderful food, great for coffee/tea and cake and then the most amazing lunches - but back to the cakes - they were fantastic and all homemade. We also did a tour of the house - just fantastic and so interesting - did not realise that it was still a lived in home and the Lady of the house was actaully at home - how lucky is she to live there!

Thank MelofHowth
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Mount Stewart house and gardens are a must when visiting Northern Ireland. It is stunning and the lake is lovely to walk around. The gardens are kept immaculate. The Italian one is my favourite, Gorgeous on a sunny day.

Thank Venezia09
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Originally called Mount Pleasant, Mount Stewart is a few miles outside Newtownards beside the beautiful shores of Strangford Lough. The 18th century home reflects the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life.

Controversially in the 1840’s the Londonderry’s spent £150,000 refurbishing the house but only giving £30 to famine relief in Ireland despite the fact that the Londonderry estates were directly affected by starvation. This remodelling created the present exterior of Mount Stewart.

During the 1920s Lady Londonderry created the gardens by adding the Shamrock Garden, the Sunken Garden, increased the size of the lake, added a Spanish Garden, the Italian Garden, the Dodo Terrace, Menagerie, the Fountain Pool and laid out walks in the Lily Wood and rest of the estate. This dramatic change led to the gardens being proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best gardens in the British Isles.

If you enjoy visiting National Trust properties both the gardens and the house should certainly be at the top of places to visit in Northern Ireland. On a personal note I just love the woodland walks around the very beautiful lake.

My top three tips would be:

Depending on the season choose your footwear carefully so you can walk off the beaten track and explore the surrounding woods.

There is a café but on a nice day consider bringing a picnic, there are so many lovely spots to sit, relax and enjoy the views.

Keep an eye out for events on the website including seal & seabird boat trips, garden tours, music in the garden, red squirrel day and so many more!

1  Thank NIreland77
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

This is my very favourite garden and I love gradens-they are my best places to be. We first visited in the 1980s when our children were young and they remember it very fondly too-lots of space for letting off steam. Every time we go to Northern Ireland now, we try to visit. It doesn't matter if you visit in winter when the trees are bare and sculptural, spring when the bulbs and Rhododendrons are flowering, summer when everywhere is lush with growth or autumn when the colours are spectacular. The lake is a most spiritual place (the family burial ground is perched on the hillside and what a place to be laid to rest!) and the formal gardens very interesting and most beautiful in the summer. If you are planning a visit to the area do try to go there-it is well worth the time. A very nice cafe for lunch too.

2  Thank Jaykin
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