NEWTOWNARDS, COUNTY DOWN
Filled with the spirit and character of Edith, Lady Londonderry, the house and gardens are brimming with imagination, colour and passion. Edith created a haven for her world renowned guests, a playground for children and a place alive with adventure and fun. The Londonderry's family home has recently been restored to its former glory with additional rooms open for the first time. Other features include internationally important portraits and stunning family treasures. In the grounds you'll find a picturesque lake surrounded by swathes of woodland; a walled garden with rose gardens, dairy and vinery; and the beautiful Temple of the Winds, which was built as a dining lodge for the family, and now serves as a charming and romantic location for weddings and other events. There are also a number of new walking trails opened up in the wider Demesne allowing visitors access through a landscape 'lost in time' with forest trails, farmland and wonderful views to enjoy.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Restricted access on some garden & trail paths due to rough terrain
- Facilities: Mobility scooters & wheelchairs can be borrowed - please call to book in advance
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Formal & Lakeside Gardens, tearoom & shop open Jan-3 Mar & 30 Oct-Dec, daily 10-4 (extended opening hours until 5 for tearoom & shop during weekends & BHs); 4 Mar-29 Oct, daily 10-5. House open 4 Mar-29 Oct, daily 11-5; Jan-26 Feb & 4 Nov-D
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About the area
Discover County Down
Geographically, County Down seems to put a long arm around Strangford Lough, over 70 square miles of water. The arm is the Ards Peninsula, the most easterly part of Ireland.
Strangford Lough is a ria (a drowned estuary), caused by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age It is dotted with some 70 small islands, actually the highest points of drowned drumlins (small rounded hills) formed of material left behind by glaciers. The Lough is home to large flocks of wintering wildfowl that congregate on the mudflats surrounding its shores. About 9 square miles of the lough are a designated reserve for this reason.
Bangor is at the top of the peninsula, and with its picturesque seafront promenades, a charming marina and many shops and restaurants, it is regularly voted the most desirable place to live in Northern Ireland. Much of the town dates from the Victorian era with some historic buildings as well as some more modern development, and one of the largest open-air markets in Northern Ireland.
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