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Styled as a medieval castle in miniature, Annesgrove Gatelodge was the creation in 1853 of the acclaimed architect, Benjamin Woodward of Dean and Woodward. Designed to impress, the gatelodge was built in a romantic Gothic style as an entrance, at a junction of three roads, to the distinguished Annesgrove House and Gardens. Constructed of stone inside and out, the gatelodge features in the main living room a wide, deep hearth, with a wood burning stove, while the only bedroom is accessed by a narrow stone circular stairway. Beautifully detailed windows are set in metre deep stone walls. Removed as it is nowadays from any main roads, the silence which surrounds this property is part of the charm for each visitor. Beyond the gate, in the privacy of their own small garden, visitors to the lodge can enjoy peace and tranquillity of a secluded patio, a wonderful place to dine ‘ al fresco on balmy summer evenings. The gardens of Annesgrove are laid out on the slopes overlooking the Awbeg River, with a seasonal backdrop of colourful rhododendrons and many other rare trees and shrubs. Nearby is the picturesque village of Castletownroche. The town features ancient ruins of the Bridgetown Abbey and a 13th Century Augustinian foundation. Edmund Spencer, the English poet wrote of the Awbeg River in “ The Fairie Queen ” calling it the Mula. Castletownroche is also home to an old mill, from which the song “ The Old Rustic Bridge ” takes its origins. The Blackwater valley boasts a wealth of beautiful and varied walks in particular the Castletownroche to Annes Grove Garden loop.

Name: Annesgrove

Address: Annesgrove Castletownroche Cork Republic of Ireland E: bookings@irishlandmark.com W: http://www.irishlandmark.com

Phone number: +353 1 6704733

Email:  bookings@irishlandmark.com