The Gardens
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens Great Island

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens is situated on Great Island near Campile, New Ross where no site in Ireland can boast greater antiquity nor more general embrace by all and every invader of which our archaeology, mythology and history is aware. There is a depth of richness in the unspoilt nature of these gardens where the first Tree Fairy Village of it’s kind in Ireland attracts thousands of Fairy hunters who all adore the ever increasing avenues of fairy homes in the beautiful ancient trees growing in the woodland.

The wall garden is a place of peace and reflection with rose gardens, pools and herbaceous planting. Love seats are placed around every corner waiting to provide comfort for moments of contemplation. The potager designed as a box maize grows fruit and vegetables for the big house where B&B guests enjoy home grown pleasures. Spring water cascades in series of waterfalls through the woodland garden flowing past The Viking Settlement, Norman Motte,& Smaug the tree dragon before entering ‘The Myrtle wood’ story where woodland creatures live in lanterns in the trees waiting to meet garden visitors.

To depict the historical influence of Kilmokea Hotel Great Island, we have created a small Viking settlement and a Norman Motte & Baily. All these great new additions will create the perfect day out for everybody.

These peaceful spiritual gardens open during Easter weekend. Garden opening times are from 10am daily with the Cafe open from 12 noon.

They are beautifully laid out around a pretty georgian house overlooking the River Barrow. Topiary, lawns, herbaceous and mixed plantings combine with architectural features and ornaments to provide an enchanting series of enclosures. A Large water garden extends into woodland planted with rare and tender trees and shrubs. The large fruit and vegetable garden has been opened to the public this year.
Originally started in 1947 these gardens host a wide selection of rare and tender trees and shrubs. With over 130 different species the garden is a delight to both the keen amateur and the more serious horticulturist. Presently Kilmokea Gardens holds an Irish Heritage Garden certificate which is a justifiable reward for 65 years of creation and dedication.

Within the walled garden its rooms lead from one design feature to the next. The Italian loggia and pool with its fine stone pillars is the perfect resting area from which to look across the garden to the quarter garden brimming with Iris and Roses. The herbaceous border is full of old-fashioned plants featuring the ‘hot” colours of the red Maltese cross lychnis and foamy yellow thalictrum.

The woodland garden, with its host of winding paths provides an exciting display of exotic plants. Cultivation of this area began in 1968 with the excavation of the large pond. It was here that a millstone and flume from a horizontal mill were found dating back to the 7th Century The acid soil of this lower garden provides the perfect environment for Rhododendrons, tender Camellias eucryphias and magnolias not to mention Echiums, the giant borage which is closely associated with Kilmokea.

Kilmokea Hotel Great Island is a delight to view in the Spring with its mass of flowers, Summer with the Herbaceous plants at their height, Autumn with its subtle changing of colours and Winter with its fine silhouettes. We know you will enjoy this year-round wonderland. You are most welcome.

Kilmokea, as well as being a beautiful Heritage Garden of 7 acres, is one of the most historic sites in the South East. Great Island was once an island…. It has a history going back thousands of years possible to 2000 BC – shards of pottery have been found from the early Bronze Age as well as funerary and domestic sites. The great Thomas Westropp described Green Island as one of the largest and most remarkable forts in Ireland.

The Viking visited this area and settled on both sides of the river Barrow – Viking raiders also sacked the monastery here . The Viking raided the site here at least 4 times and came as far away as the Orkneys -… The Normans who arrived in 1169 also say the strategic value of this area linking Waterford and Wexford. Once the town of New Ross was established around 1200, the town of the Island went into a decline and eventually disappeared

Kilmokea has created a Viking Settlement & Norman Motte along with the first Fairy Village in the Trees in Ireland and ‘The Myrtle Wood’ story book is alive in the woodland garden with the characters of the book sitting in the trees and in log piles

Garden Facilities

The Garden Café is situated in the Georgian conservatory. Delicious  salads and homemade fair is served. There is a Car Park & Guest Lavatories (wheelchair accessible).

The Kilmokea Irish Pottery, Arts and Crafts shop is stocked with the best of Irish design including Nicholas Moss Pottery, Jerpoint Glass and Stoneware Jackson and many others. Perfect for wedding presents and gifts which can be shipped directly from Kilmokea to your chosen destination. Our new Fairy shop is open too.