The clocks go back on the 25th of October 2015. Heralding the end of summer and the beginning of the winter time. We have had of recent weeks slightly milder temperatures for October. With another bright, dry few days here in Waterford, we decided to take our family for a walk in one of our favourite Waterford attractions and walking routes, Mount Congreve House and Gardens. This is something we do frequently as a family, particularly at weekends and when we are visiting beautiful scenic regions of Ireland.
I recall as a child my parents would have brought us out on a weekly walk to some family favourite locations in Donegal, Tyrone or L’Derry. My husband and I, have continued the tradition and I usually take the opportunity to record the walks and share the memories with my family at home and abroad. I always love to share my favourite walks with visitors to Treacys Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre in Waterford. Therefore, in order that you and your family experience the best that Treacys Hotels have to offer in the future we hope to post a blog of our family experiences of the activites and attractions that we want to share with you our guests.
It was a delight to only have to drive five minutes from Merchants quay in Waterford without having to face queues of traffic and busy shoppers and be in the country side, among an intensively planted woodland and a four-acre walled garden with shrubs and autumn flowers. It truly is worth checking out this fantastic attractions in Ireland’s famous “Ancient East” The gardens are described as “one of the greatest gardens of the world”. It is a horticulturalist and botanical hobbyists dream. Those with an enthusiasm for plants such as Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world will be in heaven. Just to clarify I am not a gardener, I just love wandering along the paths under the majestic trees as my children run ahead. I love this as I can walk without the worry of traffic and dog fowling that might be experienced in the city play parks. The down side is it is not 100% suitable pathway for wheelchairs or prams. If you are not firm of footing, I would recommend that you do take a walking stick. It is a lovely place to spend with family and friends and to fill an hour or two in your day without trekking miles out of Waterford city.
We are so luck to live in Waterford and have such lovely attraction five minutes from our door step. Mount Congreve has been compared to the Powers Court House and gardens in Dublin and Russborough House in Co Wicklow, John F. Kennedy Arboretum, Co.Wexford and many more world famous botanical garden trails.
Also as a reward to ourselves we visited the Gardens Coffee Shop, for the essential cup of coffee and some tasty homemade cakes. The children enjoyed the hot chocolate and carrot cake, over all it was such good value. Check out the website http://www.mountcongreve.com/ for opening times and visit when you’re next staying in Treacys Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre in Waterford. Enjoy gathering wonderful memories of your visit with Treacys.