The Gardens

We take great pride in our garden which has won the Bord Failte National Gardens Competition. It is a garden of great seasonal interest, of particular interest are the magnificent early flowering varieties of Camellias, thriving on the west facing walls at the entrance door to the hotel. These usually commence flowering at the end of December and continue until May. The Rhododendrons are also quite impressive with their range of colour and leaf shapes. The superb specimen tree in the upper car park is a "Weeping Silver Lime" (Tillia Petiolans) whose flowers are richly scented and narcotic to bees in midsummer. In front of the bar is a vigorous growing form of "Weeping Ash" (Fraxinus excelsior Pendula). Adjacent to the garden patio bar stands a recently
planted "Pocket Handkerchief Tree" (Davidia involucrate) which is most conspicuous in May when clothed with large white floral bracts.

The Garden in Spring at the Arbutus Lodge Hotel.

Of special merit is the Arbutus Tree, an evergreen plant producing panicles of white flowers and strawberry-like fruits simultaneously in Autumn. The house was named from the Arbutus Tree (Arbutus Undeo) also known as the "Strawberry Tree" which is a native of the wildest parts of Ireland but more usually found in Spain and Portugal. One example is on the right, half way down to the main car park, and there is another on the patio. There is also a collection of Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) which gives gorgeous red, orange and yellow autumnal tints. Coming into the winter months, you will notice the pale, waxy yellow flower of the sweetly scented "Winter Sweet" (Chimonanthus praecox) appearing on the leafless branches. All in all, the Arbutus possesses a garden for all seasons, an oasis popular with photographers for photo shoots and wedding portraits alike.


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