Coolwater Garden

Coolwater Garden, Limerick: Hours, Address, Coolwater Garden Reviews: 5/5

Coolwater Garden
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09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
About
As the fee includes a personally guided tour and refreshments in the pagoda beside the Water Garden, entrance is, naturally, by advance booking only. Coolwater, on half an acre, steps to the beat of a different drum with its breathtaking Water Garden, troughs chockerblock with choice Alpine plants and distinctively styled West Garden: don't expect lawns and borders in this garden! Overlooked on one side by Skule Hill and on the other by Rockstown Castle, it has been designed for year round structure and shape. The ponds in the West garden together with the large one in the Water Garden have also encouraged a superabundance of aquatic wildlife. Note! Advance booking only.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Galway Jackie
Galway6 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Kevin Begley has created this work of art over the past twelve years and together with his wife Claire they tend to it scrupulously so that whatever you see delights not just the eye but the very soul. I felt I was diving into the secret world of nature in every rock Kevin has dragged in from the surrounding hills. There is a huge diverse collection here including many extremely rare specimens. His knowledge is great and to me he seemed like a true Renaissance man with his sculpturing and other interests running in parallel to his great gardening skill. I would have liked to have seen more of Claire’s passion for perennials but that requires a new garden! The few areas where both styles merged interested me too, as I soon plan to create a mixed garden with some areas hosting Alpines.
There were several Piece de Resistance but the finale of a port (or two!) under a large copper roofed pagoda with large round table conducive to regaling one another with stories left fond memories of an afternoon well spent and well worth the drive.
Written 21 May 2022
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mary
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The garden has a huge variety of exotic trees and plants. Kevin Begley was an excellent guide and a mine of information. We were treated to tea, coffee or port and buns on arrival. I also sat into his vintage Austin car which is in perfect condition. This garden is well worth a visit.
Written 6 April 2022
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Thank you, Mary for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the garden (and the Healey! :) )
Written 18 April 2022
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MiguelSantosBR
Recife, Pe9 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Astonishing! Sustainable! Beautiful! Incredible! The most beautiful garden I have ever visited in my life! Nature, beauty and diversity in one place! If you are in Limerick, Coolwater is the garden you must visit. You will live an unforgettable botany experience. Kevin is an expert on the subject of plants and gardening and you will have an amazing lesson on various species of plants and flowers. I nominate as 100% such an Nature experience!
Written 28 March 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, Miguel. Glad you enjoyed it, our first visitor from Brazil.
Written 2 April 2022
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Sandra O
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Lovely personal tour by Kevin and Clare! Very relaxing presentation by Kevin and a lovely sit down with tea, biscuits and port after! Very authentic experience, would recommend!
Written 6 March 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, Sandra. Glad you enjoyed it.
Written 2 April 2022
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Goretti P
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Not enough words to express the excellence of this superb garden! The variety of the countries from which the plants originate is simply flabbergasting, be it from the arctic regions down to Argentina. All the knowledge of the fabulous tour guide Kevin is stunning. He manages to turn everything into anything.🌿 The drinks at the end of the guided tour were excellent, appreciate eveything.
Thanks Kevin and Clare!
Written 23 January 2022
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Thanks very much for your review, Goretti. Glad you and your family enjoyed it.
Written 17 February 2022
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Eimear M
Limerick, Ireland1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Such a lovely day out with my mum, stunning garden and very informative, definitely worth a trip and so nice in December, hot choc at the end on a chilly day with good company topped it off! Will be back in the summer🌸
Written 17 December 2021
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Lovely to see you and your Mum, Eimear. Glad you enjoyed Coolwater.
Written 19 December 2021
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AbuelaNella
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
Fantastic day out, everyone there was very good and very patient - came away with lots if ideas of how to improve my garden. Very kind and very friendly couple.
Written 30 August 2021
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Thank you very much Abuela.
Written 25 October 2021
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Mary M
Tipperary, Ireland3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We had such an absolutely wonderful afternoon at Coolwater Garden. It is a most beautiful place, and a must-see garden for any enthusiast. Kevin and Claire were such kind and generous hosts. Kevin gave us a fantastic tour of the garden. He answered every question we had, and told us the story of the garden, and how it's beautiful design came together. The garden itself is spectacular. At times, it feels as if you are not in Ireland at all, but somewhere very exotic. The large pond is breathtaking, with its floating pagoda. We finished our tour with a delicious cup of tea with yummy biscuits and a lovely chat with Kevin and Claire. Perfect. We loved our visit and we are still talking about it! I highly recommend a visit to Coolwater Garden.
Written 29 August 2021
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Thank you very much for your lovely review, Mary. Glad you enjoyed Coolwater.
Written 25 October 2021
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G Kinsella
County Tipperary, Ireland2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had a lovely morning at Coolwater Garden. Kevin is an absolute gentleman with great knowledge of all plants exotic and unusual. Immediately you can appreciate the work that goes into such a project. There is something to catch your eye everywhere you look and I came away with great ideas for my humble patch.
Written 7 August 2021
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Thanks very much for your lovely review. Kevin.
Written 12 August 2021
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Joan
Newcastle West, Ireland1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
Beautiful garden with lots of different plants sourced from all over the world . The owner has a fantastic knowledge of plants and was a very informative guide. A lovely cup of coffee finished the perfect day
Written 3 August 2021
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Thank you very much for your lovely review. Glad you enjoyed Coolwater.
Written 25 October 2021
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Coolwater Garden is open:
  • Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00