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“Beautiful gardens, a hidden gem”
Review of Kilmokea Gardens

Kilmokea Gardens
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Campile
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally started in 1947 these gardens host a wide selection of rare and tender trees and shrubs. With over 130 different species the garden is a delight to both the keen amateur and the more serious horticulturist. Presently Kilmokea Gardens holds an Irish Heritage Garden certificate which is a justifiable reward for 65 years of creation and dedication.These Peaceful Gardens are laid out around a pretty Georgian house on Great Island overlooking the River Barrow. The house looks out over the walled garden which leads to the large five acre woodland garden & the Fruit & Vegetable potager growing produce for the Garden Café visitors and House Guests. There is a Fairy Village, the first of its kind in Ireland and 'The Myrtle Wood' children's story. Mr & Mrs Hedgehog and Freddie Fox await the arrival of the children to tell their story. To depict the historical influence of Kilmokea, there is a small Viking settlement and a Norman Motte & Baily. Our Café serves Organic and Wexford produce daily and our Craft & Fairy shop is open from 10 - 5pm too.
Reviewed 18 August 2011

Visit in the Spring when the rhododendrons are blooming and the garden is at its most colourful, with a variety of songbirds to entertain you, peacocks wandering around the formal part of the garden and ducks quacking in the pond. The magnolias, azaleas and camellias are beautiful and there is an air of peace and quiet. Kilmokea is quite off the beaten track but well worth discovering. There is a tea room, I believe, but I can't speak for it as I didn't go there. Quite expensive if you bring a family but not bad for a couple, and better suited to adults than kids at any rate.

Thank Ynca
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

My husband and I visited the Pink Tea Cup Cafe on Monday 8th August 2011, what a disappointment. It had been about 4 years since we were last there and as earlier this year we had moved to Wexford to live we were delighted to go back to have lunch and use the Cafe as a place to go on a regular basis. This will not be happening, The service was blunt to put it midly, we both ordered Turkey pannin's and tea, the pannin's eventually arrived, looking very unedible on a plate with very tired, stale lettuce leaves. The turkey if that's what it was in the pannin, was slimy and processed, the cheese being indescrible. Of course no napkins. The tea arrived about 5 mins later and then the cutlery arrived. The cost of this so called lunch was just under €25 - a total rip off. As we had already been to the gardens a couple of time and found them expensive (children under 2 go free - big deal) we did not go again as our finances would not stretch that far. We will not eat here again and this is a pity as I have two sisters staying with me next week and I could not afford to bring them and get such bad value for our hard earned money.
Rita and Seamus

2  Thank Marian K
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Visited Kilmokea gardens with my Mother and three children who are all under three years old. We paid 17 euro for two adults and a three year old. The gardens are pleasant until you cross the road to walk through the wooded area. This is just like any other wood with a few old benches to sit on and two wooden houses, one of which is a hide. I was worried about the safety of the hide as it looked as if it could do with being replaced. There is a small pond in these woods that is dirty looking. The gardener was friendly. We had a two month old baby in a pram which I found it difficult to push around the woods. We were not warned about this before going into the wooded garden. Over all it is a nice garden but I feel it is extremely over priced for a small garden. With the current economic climate they should be at least including tea and a scone in the conservatory for the price that is charged. Bearing in mind Kennedy Park is near by and we paid six euro to visit . There you could easily spend the day, as there is a picnic area, a shop, a play ground, a large pond with ducks, a train ride and extensive garden walks. I enjoy going to gardens and having picnics but I dont think a picnic would be welcome at Kilmokea gardens. I was very disappointed and left feeling ripped off and a feeling of not wanting to return.

2  Thank 72Car
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Reviewed 2 December 2010

Arrived from snow covered England to snow covered Co. Wexford, Waterford Airport was closed which resulted in a 31/2 hour journey by coach from Galway and an unplanned collection from Mark (The Proprietor of Kilmokea Gardens) in treacherous conditions to get us to warmth and safety.
Such a warm, friendly country house with open fires and soft sofa's, after a whiskey, hot bath and delicious dinner, the traumatic journey seemed worth it.
The next morning, after a substantial full English breakfast, we enjoyed exploring the snow covered gardens, which once inside the walled garden was still quite staggering,despite the snow. We continued to enjoy the beautiful scenery, indoor swiming pool, jacuzzi and sauna all weekend and unexpectedly beyond, in between delicious lunches and dinners.
We would like to thank Mark and Emma for the wonderful friendly service they and their team provided during our stay. That included two failed attempts by Mark to get us to the airport in treacherous conditions before finally making the third two hour round trip. If ever a small country hotel deserved to do well, it is Kilmokea!

Thank mjg0602
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

We've visited the lovely gardens at Kilmokea Manor beginning of May when all the beautiful rhododendrons were in bloom and quite enjoyed it. The gardens are divided into couple of parts - small but lovely arranged rose/ying yang garden, a vegetable garden and a more forest-like garden with a small lake and two observation hides. Quite a good collection of various trees, bushes and flowers, nice kept alleys and a lot of lovely touches - little bridges, statues etc. All in all quite a good attraction in the area, you can easily spend there 45 mins up to an 1,5h.
The property is quite easy to find, once on R733 from New Ross just follow the signs. Apart from the gardens there's also a nice tea-room located in the conservatory (nice view) along with a small craft shop. The only downside of the Kilmokea Gardens is quite high entrance fee - 7 Euro per person seems to be a bit too much for a small private garden. All info regarding opening times etc. is on their website http://www.kilmokea.com/garden.

Thank Justine28
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