Bridewier House has long been known for its gardens, renowned throughout Munster for its specimen trees and shrubs.
Today the old rectory house is surrounded by three acres of formal gardens bounded by the River Bride and a magnificent stand of beech trees on the perimeter. The beautiful landscaped gardens provide a feast of colour with the tranquillity only occasionally broken by birdsong.
The many garden walks allow the visitor to uncover hidden gems including the secluded tennis court. Just beyond here is Lovers Lane, a secluded path which winds its way to a statue hidden in ivy. Just beyond this a 4 foot gate leads you to the old schoolhouse.
The old weir on the River Bride that once provided electricity to the house is just a short walk away. There’s a step in the old stone wall that takes you down to the river. The waterwheel is being reconstructed back to its formal glory by the current owners.
The garden at Brideweir has many hidden spots for an al fresco picnic. A favourite hidden gem near the house is the courtyard which gets the evening sun and is the perfect spot for afternoon tea and scones.
At the rear of the garden, mature original planting screens the house.
The coachhouse and stables
Just outside Brideweir’s basement level dining room, is the fine nineteenth century couchhouse and recently restored stables which form part of the walled yard.
At one time the stables would have been loud with the sound of horses hooves and people coming and going from the rectory, now it’s a peaceful spot for an afternoon coffee.
The two storey coachhouse has a working clock tower and is another favourite spot for a photo opportunity.