Built by the wealthy Martin Family in 1756, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is a Manor House set in a 450 acre estate. You will find an excellent example of Victorian gardening - with the meeting of wild woodland and waterways with herbaceous borders, terraced beds and lawns creates a unique blend of refined gardening and natural beauty. The Rose beds, hydrangeas, lilies and cultivated shrubs co-exist in a natural balance with the Oak and Beech woods, wild garlic, Iris's and daffodils. One may sit on a bench on Bear Island amid the cultivated shrubs and trees watching trout rise and in a short stroll be among the old woods observing the many birds that live there.
The wild landscape of Connemara has attracted visitors for centuries; some were fortunate enough to be able to make it their home. Over the past 200 years those whose imagination has been fired by the beauty of Connemara have also toiled to create a counter balance to this rugged landscape by creating some beautiful gardens. Gardens to visit while staying at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel include Kylemore Abbey Garden (15 miles) and Brigit's Garden. In collaboration with other fine homes in the area, Ballynahinch Castle participates in the Connemara garden trail. This gives guests access to a number of beautiful private gardens during their stay.