Ireland is called the Isle of Emerald because of its seemingly endless expanses of lush trees, deep woods and verdant hills. County Wicklow is called the Garden of Ireland and 47 of the county's best acres house the home and gardens of Powerscourt.
A long and noble history
The Powerscourt site was laid out for the first time in the 12th century, but it was only in 1299 that a castle was finally erected by the family of the same name, Power.
The castle and lands have changed hands several times over the next four centuries. The Wingfield family was in possession in 1731 and built a magnificent mansion around the castle.
The existing mansion evolved through several major modifications until the late nineteenth century, when the house was celebrated as one of the most beautiful in Ireland.
In 1974, a fire tragically destroyed the famous house. The ruins of the mansion were the only visible structures on the site for the next 22 years.
The big reconstruction
In 1996, the owners of the Powerscourt House undertook the monumental task of rebuilding the old mansion in its current state of renewed grandeur.
The craftsmen located the new windows exactly in the pre-fire places. The entire structure has been meticulously and lovingly restored. Every effort has been made to preserve the remarkable old building of this remarkable old building.
Today, tourists visiting Ireland can enjoy the authentic and historic Powerscourt House and Gardens, a truly impressive Irish country estate. The magnificent house has recently been recognized as one of the ten most important houses in the world, and the gardens have been voted number 3 of the best in the world by National Geographic.
The elegant main house overlooks the Royal Italian Gardens, Triton Fountain and Grotto, as well as many ancient statues, mostly dating back to the early eighteenth century.
An easy field walk will take you to a Japanese garden, a horse pasture, a century-old pet cemetery and a beautiful flower garden surrounded by walls.
The river walk
Just beyond Powerscourt's house is the river promenade. A private wooded slope trail built in 1867 so that the landowner and his family could enjoy a carriage ride to a waterfall and the Dargle River. The waterfall is the highest in Ireland and goes down to 400 meters from the river.
The road is complete with a dense forest of varietal trees originally planted for the pleasure of the 7th Viscount of Powerscourt in the 1870s. More recently, the forests have provided quaint scenery to popular films such as Braveheart, Far and Away, Excalibur and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Village of Enniskerry
The charming little Victorian village of Enniskerry is a short walk from the Powerscourt Estate.
Built in the 18th century to accommodate the tenants and guardians who worked in the area, this classic Irish community offers tourists the opportunity to dine at local restaurants and browse half a dozen shops that line the main street.
Bring your camera to take pictures of quaint cottages and a historic clock tower in the village center.
If you are looking for the ideal holiday escape, it's a place of Irish magic.
If you are going to
The Powerscourt Estate is located in East of Ireland and 19 km south of Dublin International Airport and Dublin City Center.
Click here for more information on the House and Gardens of Powerscourt.
Have a nice trip!