It’s time to start exploring Northern Ireland. My first stop is tranquil nature reserve located in county Down – Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds.
I start my day in Mount Stewart with visiting the residence of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family. Recently on the restoration program run and fund by the National Trust, the house is a real “time capsule home”. It can take you back in time. It’s full of original family memorabilia such as books, paintings, ceramics, silver and furniture.
A few facts:
⦁ The mansion is 19th – century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust
⦁ Mount Stewart was formed by the Stewart family, holders of the title Marquess of Londonderry
⦁ The family bought the estate in 1744
⦁ Politicians including Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain are among the guests that used to attend dinner parties in the house
⦁ List of famous guests that stayed in Mount Stewart includes politicians, poets and artists like Edmond Brock
Place card is revealing one of the guests in Mount Stewart – sir Winston Churchill:
Every room let the visitors see the design of decades past:
Mount Stewart House has also a garden that serrounds the mansion from every side. And honestly it can take all day just exploring the garden area. It has an extensive collection of trees and plants. The stunning views can be discovered around the lake and in the formal gardens. And Lady Londonderry designed all of it herself. Edith was passionated about exotic plants, Celtic mythology and symbolic themes.
Mount Stewart was voted one of the most beautiful gardens in the world:
Discovering an extensive collection of trees and plants:
White Stag – showing Lady Londonderry’s intrest in Celtic mythology:
View from Formal Gardens:
Temple of the Winds:
That was my last stop in Mount Stewart. I sat there for one last look at stunning views over Strangford Lough and thought about everything that I have seen and learnt. It was a good day in Mount Stewart.
I hope you enjoyed that journey with me. And I encourage you to visit this place yourself. It has more to offer than words can describe.
If you are interested in place you can find more information about visiting, events and how to get there on: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart.