Day Trip to Powerscourt Co. Wicklow? Business and Pleasure!

What happens when a bunch of staff and volunteers from Mount Stewart go to Powerscourt?powerscourtWe critically assess the planting, we drink entire bottles of wine at lunch, we laugh over dead pets’ tombstones and we lay imaginary siege to foreign lands from tiny towers!

You regular readers already know exactly how much I love Powerscourt, which is lots and lots. So I was appropriately excited when it was announced that there would be a trip for staff and volunteers to the estate!

With the family connection to Mount S (the 4th Marquess of Londonderry married the widowed Vicountess Powerscourt), a entire busload of comrades were very keen to make a Monday mission from the North to Co. Wicklow. Naturally, we had the best of times romping the grounds and chatting up their ducks.powerscourt

powerscourtThe first stop was a gander at their walled garden, since Mount S doesn’t have one yet. I really loved some of the shades of purple; especially the plant named ‘sour grapes’!

This was all quickly followed by a good dose of tree hugging. Powerscourt has some well labelled and highly huggable trees, many of which have been carved all over with hearts and names. Many a star-crossed lover has made their way through these grounds, perhaps?powerscourt



powerscourt rose

powerscourtOne place everyone was keen to see was the Pet Cemetery. Powerscourt is full of superlatives, but it boasts the largest pet cemetery in Ireland. We had to pay particular homage to Eugenie, the cow who produced over 100,000 litres of milk!
pet cemetery powerscourt

pet cemetery powerscourtAfter paying our respects, we wrapped around the bottom of the lake and headed through the Japanese Garden. It is a beautiful tie of year to walk there. It is an abundance of green with bright shots of red. I’m sure it will be impressive when autumn really takes hold.powerscourt


powerscourtThe final destination on the looped walk was the Pepperpot Tower, the enourmous playhouse nestled in woodland. While walking up to the Pepperpot Tower an Australian couple tried to point out a squirrel to me. I took one look at it and said, “Oh, it’s just a grey.” They walked away puzzled about how I could be so non-plussed about a fuzzy creature that doesn’t exist in my home country.powerscourtDon’t let these landscape and artsy photos fool you, those cannons had a lot of posing and attention. I’m just saving those photos for a day I need to bribe someone for a slice of cake 😉 powerscourt

powerscourtSpeaking of cake, after walking the entire way around the gardens we were in desperate need of nourishment. So it was back into the house to visit the cafe before we piled into the bus bound for the Guinness Storehouse.

And – just to prove I was there – here’s a picture of me.

Wham bam! Work trip conquering Powerscourt – check!

Packing my Suitcase

7 thoughts on “Day Trip to Powerscourt Co. Wicklow? Business and Pleasure!

  1. Loved this post!! I’ve never been to a pet cemetery, though I’ve heard about them before.
    Stunning pictures, love them all. I understand why you love this place, it looks amazing!!

    Thank you so much for joining #MondayEscapes 😀


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