Bellefield House and Gardens, Co Offaly

Posted: 13/3/2017

Bellefield House is listed as one of Ireland’s Ten Best Gardens, a beautiful Georgian farmhouse which dates from approximately 1840 and a woodland garden awash with snowdrops, cyclamen, wood anemone and old daffodils in spring.

In 2004, architect and garden designer Angela Jupe bought the run-down Georgian farmhouse with some land in Co. Offaly. Tumbledown stone stables and bramble infested gardens have now become a haven for gardeners, painters and holidaymakers alike.

The original 2 acre walled garden, built of local Tipperary sandstone has been restored, a woodland area planted with spring bulbs and more recently a 30m long rill and pond has been added to the glasshouse garden. Angela’s obsession with plants has led to the gardens holding one of the largest snowdrop collections in Ireland, heritage and rare daffodils, species and Chinese peonies, colourful iris, old French roses and unusual old fruit trees.

A passion for using old and salvaged materials has created the Eastern style Fern Folly, the Neptune Glasshouse, and the dramatic water feature while the cart-house, stables and gate-lodge offer stress free holidays in individually decorated cottages. Special events are held in the large coach-house.

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