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Stately Homes & Gardens


36 Benvarden Road, Dervock, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, BT53 6NN

In his book, Gardens of Ireland, Terence Reeves-Smyth describes Benvarden as having one of the few fully maintained walled gardens in Ireland and undoubtedly the best in private hands. There is a Rose garden, a Box and Lavender parterre, a well-stocked kitchen garden with Hot houses, Vinery, potting-shed, Melon house and Espalier-trained apple & pear trees against the high curved brick walls. There is a very attractive cobbled Stable-yard entered by an arch surmounted by a cupola and containing coach houses, stables and cart-houses. Here is the Tea-room, converted from a former stable. A woodland pond is the setting for a wild garden containing Rhododendrons, Camellias, Primulas, Bluebells and many other wild flowers. The river Bush is spanned by a 120ft. long Victorian cast iron bridge. A former cow-byre has been adapted as a small Museum displaying old Farm and Garden implements and other items of interest. The Gardens are available and suitable for wedding photographs.

Open Daily from 1st June to end of August 12.00 – 5.00p.m (Closed Mondays Except Bank Holidays.)