Borris House, the ancestral home of the MacMorrough Kavanaghs, Kings of Leinster, is one of the most beautiful and historic Irish country houses located in the spectacular scenery of Carlow’s Barrow valley.
Borris became the Kavanagh’s primary residence in 1570 and over that time the present-day demesne landscape slowly evolved from a formal Baroque landscape of axial approach avenues and formal gardens to a demesne parkland landscape, with serpentine avenues designed to capture views and prospects, lawns, tree plantations and a circular road around the perimeter.
Explore the grounds of the estate taking in Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs Mountains and the Barrow Valley; views that have been preserved by the family for centuries. Stroll along the woodland paths, enjoy some of the beautiful specimen trees, view the original Stew Pond and on your way take in the original Victorian laundry, the recently restored granary and the 18th century Ice House.
The new lace garden which is set within the walls of the original laundry green illustrates the fascinating story of the Borris Lace through its predominantly white colour palette, lace inspired flowers, sculptures and stylised planting.
This garden is a work in progress, so please visit again and see how this story develops. Visitors can also avail of a tour of Borris House and the private Chapel of St. Moling and learn more about this fascinating estate and the people who lived and worked there.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, guided tours of house and chapel, original Victorian laundry, short film of house and family, sculptures, fairy trail, seasonal children’s nature trails, tea/coffee, restricted wheelchair & pram access, good walking shoes are advisable.
HOW TO FIND US: In the centre of Borris Village, opposite the Step House Hotel
OPEN: May-September, check website for opening times.
ADMISSION: Fee applies, check website for further details.