I am an avid gardener so you can imagine my delight when I recently went to Valentia Island County Kerry to find this attraction on the doorstep. However the experience of the visit to the gardens was a huge disappointment and extremely expensive.
The literature promises a magical sub tropical garden with various sections and wonderful walks. The reality is that for 20 euros (2 adults and 2 under 5's) you wander around and around overgrown paths which are so badly maintained that it is impossible to view or distinguish any of the plants or themes of the walks. The paths are actuially dangerous and some of the overgrown plants hazardous tskin and eyes. The visitor map highlights areas such as bamboo walk and orchard which in reality are completely overgrown and inaccessible. I could still be looking for the pond in the bog garden but had to call it a day!!
The directional signage is very poor if in existence at all - some missing and other signs lying on the ground. At the end of the visit I felt very ripped off and disappointed.This was made even worse when a few days later I visited Derrynane House and Gradens and paid 6 euros for the same family group to visit both the House and wonderful, accessible and maintained gardens.
Anyone taken in by the marketing literature should think twice before visiting.
- Also Known As:
- Glanleam House Hotel Valentia Island
- Glanleam Hotel Valentia Island