Stay at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
Heywood Gardens boasts 50 acres of gardens and lakes and is located in Ballinakill, County Laois and just 25 minutes’ drive from us here at the family run Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.
Heywood Gardens were completed in 1912, and consist of 50 acres of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. The gardens have a spectacular setting on a hillside looking south-east over a sweep of undulating country which takes in seven counties, unrivalled views.
A walk lined with lime trees leads to a formal terrace overlooks the surrounding countryside and loved by all ages.
The gardens themselves which are the centrepiece of the property are composed of four elements linked by a terrace that ran along the front of the house, which now no longer exists. In the sunken garden (one of the site’s most unusual features), circular terraces descend to an elongated pool, where small statues of turtle’s gaze inquisitively at the grand fountain. On the top level a loggia, roofed with red tiles, includes an inscription taken from the writings of Alexander Pope. Highlights include a rose called Natalie Naples and Johnston’s Blue geraniums, to name just a few.
Heywood Gardens is open all year round, is suitable for all ages, welcomes dogs and even better offers free admission for all ages.
- October to March – 8.30am to 5pm
- April and September – 8.30am to 7pm
- May to August – 8.30am to 9pm
Variety and colour are at it’s peak during the summer months, May & June particularly however you will still be treated to botanical delights no matter what time of the year you decide to visit.
Heywood Gardens, one of Laois’s hidden gems is the perfect day out for our guests as you explore the attractions and treasures of County Laois while staying with us here at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.