A warm welcome awaits you in the Library of the Castlecourt Hotel on Friday evening following check-in. Enjoy the opportunity to catch up with each other after our long absence.
Saturday begins with a 9 am departure by coach to the world renowned Kylemore Abbey. Set in a spectacular location we will enjoy a guided tour of the Victorian walled gardens with head gardener Anja Gohlke.
After lunch, our coach takes us to Drimbawn, a 40 acre garden set on the shores of Lough Mask . Divided into a series of gardens – woodland, rhododendron, herbaceous, bog garden this is a garden with something for everyone to appreciate. Frank Steffens, the head gardener, will bring us on a short tour before we explore this magnificent garden. There will be plants for sale on the day.
Our day will end with a gala dinner at The Castlecourt Hotel.
On Sunday morning there will be time to enjoy a ramble in the grounds of Westport House. We then have three gardens to visit by car: Trafalgar Lodge, a seaside garden; Hammerbeam, a farmhouse garden and Speckled Meadow, a natural garden. All three feature in the Clew Bay Garden Trail.
Westport is accessible by rail which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. If you are coming by train please let a member of Committee know on Friday so that lifts can be organised for you to visit the gardens on Sunday.
Please book your gardens before reserving your accommodation.
Cost (Refunds up to 7 days before event)
Gardens and dinner: members €110; non members €120
Accommodation at The Castlecourt Hotel must be booked separately by phoning (+353) 098 55098 and quoting reference number 1094293
The following rates have been agreed:
Friday night B&B: €69 pps/€ 109 single
Saturday night B&B: €99 pps/€139 single
Sunday night B&B: €59 pps/€99 single