“Powerscourt Estate, located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741. A fire left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996”. The original owner of the castle was a man by the name of La Poer, which was eventually anglicised to POWER. The stunning Powerscourt Gardens are situated just 20km south of Dublin City Centre. Set against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is stunning in every season. From the ornate Italian Gardens to the formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen Gardens, there are many hidden treasures to explore.
Main points of interest on the grounds include the Tower Valley (with stone tower), Japanese gardens, winged horse statues, Triton Lake, Pet Cemetery, Dolphin Pond, Walled gardens, Bamberg Gate and the Italian Garden. The Pepperpot Tower is said to be designed after a favoured 3 inch pepper pot of Lady Wingfield. The charming walled garden, the striking terraces, fine statuary and varied trees are linked by carefully designed walks. Together they form one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland.
In 2011, the Lonely Planet voted Powerscourt in the Top Ten Houses in the World. In 2014 the National Geographic listed Powerscourt as No. 3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens.
The Tour Guide on the morning of my visit was my Hostess for my stay in Dublin, an Australian/Irish friend. We had a couple of hours without children and she was driving me to the Dublin Airport for my departure. The visit to Powerscourt was a pleasant diversion which I thoroughly enjoyed. We wandered through misty rain with low cloud totally blocking any sign of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. The atmosphere during our walk added a special dimension to the beauty of the garden. The coffee and cake were something special too, particularly when sharing with a friend.