Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall , Enniskerry , County Wicklow
The 17th century Palladian mansion designed by Richard Castle for the Powerscourts was gutted by fire in 1974 and only the shell remains. The grounds in which it stands , however , are outstanding. The formal gardens were begun in 1731 but a century later the 7th Viscount Powerscourt – who had no heirs and loathed his brother who was due to inherit – decided to deplete the family fortune by creating an elaborate garden.
It was designed by Daniel Robertson who supervised the work while being pushed around in a wheelbarrow nursing a bottle of sherry! The nearby waterfall is truly beautiful and a real must see.
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