Mount Stewart House and Gardens, County Down

Mount Stewart House and Gardens, County Down

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Home of the Londonderry family since the mid 18th Century, Mount Stewart is full of wonderful artefacts and treasures. The gardens were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry and consist of vibrant parterres and formal and informal vistas. Many unusual and rare plants thrive in the mild climate of the area.

The Temple of the Winds, James “Athenian” Stuart’s banqueting hall of 1785 overlooks Strangford Lough and is a short distance from the main house. The house tour includes world famous paintings and interesting stories about the Londonderry family.
 
The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season.

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