A unique and fascinating part of the Gardens is the Pet Cemetery which is the resting place of the much loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families. It’s situated in a quiet part of the gardens where you can enjoy the striking colours of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Roses in May and June. The cemetery is believed to be the largest pets’ cemetery in any private Irish garden.
Children will love reading the names and learning about the animals buried in the cemetery, some half a century ago. The families had a wide variety of pets including children’s ponies ‘Tommy’ and his wife ‘Magic’ as well as ‘Swift’ and ‘Bully.’ Another favourite pet included ‘Eugenie’ the Jersey cow who had 17 calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk! The names of the pets are a joy to read such as ‘Mrs Mare’, ‘Little Bots’ and ‘Doodles Chow’. You may get some interesting and amusing ideas when naming your next pet!
In line with Government Phase 1 re-opening plans, the Estate will be re-open on Monday 18th May for members and visitors living within 5km of the Estate.
The areas and facilities open include –
• The Gardens
• The Waterfall
• The Garden Pavilion
• Avoca Food Hall
• Outdoor take-away coffee & treats
• The Riverwalk (for Annual members)
• The Golf courses (for Golf members)
To keep our staff, members, and visitors safe we will be facilitating social distancing, hand sanitising, and other safety measures.
Please read more on the News Section of our website and keep an eye on social media for updates.