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. This part Cobden inspired building is structurally intact and accessible to the public. Its’ precincts have been the subject of at least two international film sets and the side is a continuous mecca for paranormal groups.
The reival of two old walled gardens has 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 including Echium, Watsonia, Acanthus, Jovellana, Daphniphyllum, Arbutus, Euphorbia, azaleas, rhododendrons, daphne and virburnums in variety.
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. Outside of the Walled Garden, the Ha Ha, Carlow fencing, veteran trees, woodlands walk and stonebridge folly vary the attraction.
FACILITIES: Large car and coach park, toilets, wheelchair access.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway. Follow signs for Castledermot then take the R418 Castledermot/Tullow road for 6km and turn right at the signed junction. From Carlow take the R726 Hacketstown Road for 10 km to Killerig Cross Roads. Turn left at this junction onto the R418 for 2.5 km, turn left again at the signed junction.
OPENING TIMES: Year round daylight hours.
ADMISSION CHARGES: Free admission
Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft and Gift Emporium, Carlow’s premier showcase for the collective work of locally based and talented craft makers. Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft and Gift Emporium includes a large retail display area, four craft workshops featuring woodturning, stained glass and jewellery. Open Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tea room serving light snacks, tea, coffee and cakes on selected days throughout the year. For opening hours of the tea rooms visit: www.facebook.com/thetearoomsatduckettsgrove or T: 085-1136075