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Kilmokea Gardens


Seven acres of Heritage Gardens

Great Island
Co Wexford
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Tel: +353 51 388 109

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Kilmokea Gardens

Opening Months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Opening Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Opening Hours:
Admission Charge: €7 per adult; €6 OAP/Senior Citizens; €3.50 u16yrs; Free u2yrs
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

Mark and Emma Hewlett’s peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house nestles above an estuary where the rivers Barrow and Nore meet, and is set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens featuring topiary and strutting peacocks around the house, and the ‘lower garden’, which was started in 1947 and is now home to over 130 species of rare and tender trees and shrubs.

The walled garden is laid out as a series of compartments leading into each other, with topiary and statuary marking the entrance to each new room: the Italian Loggia garden features a pool and stone pillars, the ‘quarter garden’ hosts a fine display of irises and roses, whilst the ‘hot’ herbaceous border is home to old-fashioned plants including the red Maltese cross lychnis.

In 1968 the garden began expansion into a new area and, during the excavation for a large pond, a 7th century millstone and flume were discovered; the acid soil in this part of the garden provides perfect conditions for the cultivation of of rhododendrons, camellias, eucryphias, magnolias, and also echiums - the giant borage so closely associated with Kilmokea.

The house is open to guests and is elegantly and comfortably furnished, with a drawing room overlooking the Italian Loggia, an honesty library bar, and dinner available by reservation in the main dining room.

The individually-designed and immaculately maintained bedrooms command lovely views over the gardens and towards the estuary beyond; they have no television to disturb the tranquillity (though there is one in the drawing room).

In an adjoining coach house there are newer rooms and self-catering suites; they have a separate entrance and the main house. The property also has a tennis court, croquet lawn and spa for guests’ use only (indoor swimming pool, gym, aromatherapy - Emma is a trained aromatherapist).

And work continues on a large organic vegetable garden, planted in the traditional potager design the revival of this charming fashion is very welcome.

7th Century Ecclesiastical Burial Site; Location of smallest High Cross in Ireland, previously site was Norman Fort (earthmounds still visible); land was also a Viking Settlement and artifacts from 7th Century Horizontal Mill visible on grounds, etc

Best time of year to visit: May, June, July, August, September

Gardens Strengths

Award winning Garden; One of top 10 in Ireland due to diversification of plants & scenery

Rare Plants worth mentioning

Microclimate enables very rare & tender species of plants from around the the world to be grown

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

Tour Days:

Tour Times

Any day by appointment



Wexford Garden Trail & Waterford Garden Trail


Hook Peninsula Festival (May Bank Holiday)


Production of the 'Secret Garden' in the walled garden at Kilmokea on Thursday 3rd July, 2008

Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kilmokea House and Gardens - Campile COunty Wexford Ireland
Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
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Take R733 south from New Ross to Ballyhack, signposted for Kilmokea Gardens.

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