The garden at Cappoquin was laid out in the middle of the 19th century but there are vestiges of earlier periods in walls, gateways and streams. The garden was taken in hand by Lady Olivia Keane in the 1950s and expanded by her in the late 1970s. It is on a south facing 2-hectare plot surrounding the house and looking over the valley. It combines formal and informal planting within a context of mature trees, some of which are more than 150 years old.
The garden’s main features include a formal sunken garden with summer flowering perennials, a bleaching ground planted with broad leaf rhododendrons and other garden trees and shrubs, a pleasure ground with free standing mature trees, a pear and apple walk, and a recently planted woodland walk.
Located in County Waterford, Cappoquin House is an 18th-century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle. It dominates the River Blackwater at the point where, due to an Ice Age blockage, the river turns south and ploughs its way through the hills to the sea. The castle was one of a series controlling the tidal waters of the river, a main artery of trade with England. From the property, visitors can take in views of Lismore Castle and Dromana, the great castle of the Earl of Desmond.
Gardens open all year 10am-4pm closed Sundays except when house is open. It is advised to contact the property directly prior to making arrangements to visit.