The Gardens

The 3rd and 6th Earls of Meath were mainly responsible for the creation of the gardens. The unique formal layout was concieved by the French gardener named Bonet in 1682. Bonet, who was a Huguenot, had been a gardener to Sir William Petty and was a disciple of the great landscape designer André le Nôtre, famous for the gardens of the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

Notable features to explore include the Angles (find out why they are affectionately known as goose feet), the Long Ponds, the Wilderness, the Sylvan Theatre, Lime Walks and the Beech Hedge Pond.