A Benedictine Abbey with a 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden, under restoration, facing Diamond Hill. A stream divides the Walled Garden into its two distinct areas - the Kitchen Garden and the Flower Garden. The planting style in the Flower Garden is that of the late Victorian era. The original garden, which is completely enclosed by a brick and limestone wall, was constucted around 1870 and laid out by the head gardener, James Garnier. The original 21 glasshouses were designed by Cranstons of Birmingham, two of which have now been restored. The building was originally known as Kylemore Castle and only became known as Kylemore Abbey in the 1920s when the community of nuns arrived after fleeing Ypres (Belgium) during the First World War.
Built in tandem with Kylemore Castle in the late 17th Century by wealthy business man, Mitchell Henry and his wife.
Visited Sept 2011 and it was a rainy day but that did not matter, this is one of the most beautiful gardens and scenic places I have had the pleasure of visiting. A must see. Allow yourself plenty of time to really take in all the beauty. Everything has been beautifully maintained/restored. We visted the home and church first,then had (a delicious reasonably priced) lunch in the cafeteria, meandered through the garden and then picked up a momento in the gift shop on the way out. This all made for a wonderful day and we were not on any tour.
We had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful house and gardens on 19th August 2010. The visit was well worthwhile and the gardens were absolutely amazing.the only downside to our visit was that the whole of the house was not open to visitors but understand that the house is occupied. Lovely day out and thank you to everyone for their kindness.
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