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Hortus: South West Ireland

15-19 May 2023

5 days from £3,250pp

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Venture to Ireland and visit the country’s most romantic and beautiful gardens while staying at 4-star hotels; Ballymaloe House Hotel and Parknasilla Hotel, Kerry.
  • Visit a ‘plantaholics’ haven, Cosheen Garden
  • Explore and have lunch at the magnificent Bantry House
  • See the Italianate gardens of Ilnacullin on Garinish Island
  • Enjoy sea views in the luxurious sub-tropical, woodland Derreen Garden & the very private garden on an island in Kenmare Bay
In this Emerald Isle, the further west one ventures, the more the romantic wonder of the gardens intensifies. Gardens incorporating views of rugged coast lines with overwhelming peace and beauty. Gardens with verdant groves of almost unrecognisable plants that are thriving beyond the dreams that we may hold for the same species in our own patches. We visit the garden of plants-woman Hester Forde, the lush gardens of Derreen, the Italianate Gardens of Bantry House and Harold Peto’s Ilnacullin, as well a very exclusive garden in Kenmare Bay. Staying one night in the renown Ballymaloe Hotel before pushing further west to Parknasilla Hotel on the shores of Kenmare Bay.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Ballymaloe House Hotel

★★★★

A unique Irish Country House experience. Ballymaloe House is a family run Country House Hotel and restaurant on 300 acres of farmland located in beautiful East Cork countryside. Internationally recognised as the birthplace of Modern Irish Cuisine, Ballymaloe House offers you the very best of Irish hospitality and seasonal locally sourced or homegrown food.  Accommodation at Ballymaloe House has a calm and relaxed feel. There are a range of rooms in the main house, some large and airy with beautiful views over the fields as well as cosier rooms at the top of the house, in the eaves and newer garden rooms which look on to the river and trees beyond.

Room Facilities & Amenities
All rooms have the following amenities: Free WiFi, Ensuite bathrooms, VOYA toiletries, complementary postcards, room thermostats

Parknasilla

★★★★

Nestled in the shadows of the Kerry mountains amidst islands, inlets, and hidden beaches.  Parknasilla is tucked away in its own 500-acre estate on the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way, close to the charming town of Kenmare.  Parknasilla enjoys a rich heritage dating back to 1692 with the Manor House designed by eminent architect James Franklin Fuller.  Over 126 years, presidents and poets, royalty and writers, actors and actress have chosen Parknasilla as their haven of rest.  Rooms here are light and airy with views of the sea or mountains and the hotels features a spa and heated swimming pool.

Room Facilities & Amenities
All rooms have the following amenities’Free WiFi, En suite bathroom, luxury bath products, tea/coffee facilities, HD TV 
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