Myself and my boyfriend visited Mount Stewart on a beautiful sunny Sunday in June 2013. My homeland is Yorkshire, England but I have lived in Northern Ireland for the last 3 years. This is, so far, my favourite little part of this wee country. It was just stunning! We arrived late in the afternoon (around 4pm). The house closed at 5pm but the gardens stayed open until 6pm. We ummmed and arrred a little, hesitant to spend £7 each when we knew we wouldn't have an awful lot of time. We were SO PLEASED we did. We settled in a beautiful spot near the lake where a mother swan and 7 little signets were swimming close-by looking for food, at one point they came almost within touching distance, it was fantastic! We saw and photographed butterflies, the little dragonfly flew high above us and came to land on my hand. We saw rabbits too and a beautiful variety of plants. The scene was unbelievably beautiful and I just couldn't stop myself from taking photo after photo. I am really looking forward to going back as for obvious reasons we didn't get time to see the house, or have lunch in the cafe etc. But to be honest, it was worth the £14 in total just for those 2 hours we spent in the grounds. I fell in love with Mount Stewart and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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