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Having opened its gates for the first time in 400 years, Montalto Estate and Gardens are best enjoyed…any time of the year.
Situated in the idyllic County Down countryside, this privately owned, family run estate has a range of seasonal walks, trails, and gardens which ensure the grounds are always looking their best, no matter the time of year.
With such a variety to choose from – Alpine Garden, Winter Garden, Formal Garden, to name few – and all coming into bloom at different stages throughout the year, it’s never the wrong time to see the natural beauty on display here.
Wander through the large variety of Rhododendron and Hydrangea, get lost in the rustic beauty of the wildflower meadow, or take in the impressive natural rock formation containing over 250 varieties of plants in the unique Alpine Garden.
Sir John Rawdon, the First Earl of Moira, built a mansion property on the estate. His ancestor, Sir Arthur Rawdon, ‘The Father of Irish Gardening’ had earlier amassed a large collection of exotic foreign plants at Moira Castle. Many of Sir Arthur’s plants were transferred to Montalto when his grandson, Sir John moved onto the estate which now boasts an impressive collection of flora and fauna, as well as a range of captivating walks and trails which are sure to surprise and delight.
You can also get a little behind-the-scenes look at the grounds from one of the welcoming gardeners who live and breathe the estate each day. Find out just a snippet of what’s involved in maintaining a landscape recently shortlisted for UK Garden of the Year.
In addition to the splendid grounds, there’s also an awe-inspiring natural play area for children, a well-appointed, award winning café and a shop filled with expected delights. We also have it on good authority that Afternoon Teas, set in the opulence of Montalto House, do not disappoint and are perfect for the most special of occasions.