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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.