Gosh this is so much fun ticking off the list in our little passport to fun. Kilmokea Gardens (as it’s known around here) is only a fifteen minute drive from our house, yet I had no desire to go there as I had no idea they had so much for children to enjoy. Olivia admires flowers and butterflies but she would be bored very easily if that was all Kilmokea Gardens had to offer children. But it isn’t. They have a lot to keep the kids entertained whilst being surrounded by nature.
Kilmokea is a beautiful Georgian guest house with 7 acres of the most stunning gardens off the beaten track. It is most definitely a hidden gem in Co. Wexford. The appeal for children is plentiful – A wooden play house, a Viking ship & Viking settlement, a cowboy hut, wishing well, fairy gardens, teepees, a beautiful pond with the most awe inspiring plants surrounding it and that’s not all we saw along the winding pathways. I don’t think I have ever heard Olivia gasp and squeal as much as she did when we came across all the interesting sites. It probably helped that she had her friend Isabelle with her too. They had their first sleepover together the night before and they were super excited to be hanging out together. My mam and nephew also joined us and we were blessed with the weather the whole morning while we explored the gardens. The stoney terrain wasn’t the most suitable for our prams though but I wouldn’t, nor could I fault them for that – the rugged terrain suits the area perfectly. I just know that I need to bring a baby carrier the next time!
After our walk around the gardens (mam and I were knackered from pushing the prams) we went into the café for a well earned rest to have some tea and homemade scones. The girls and babies got to play in the small indoor play area and that kept them entertained while we waited for our treats.
I reckon I’m right in calling it a hidden gem because it’s so peaceful and quiet down there with only a small few people floating around the place. It’s nice to go somewhere when it’s not bustling with people, but I’d like to think we were there on a quiet day and that there ARE lots of people getting to experience the beautiful setting at Kilmokea Gardens because it most definitely will be a regular haunt for us in the future.
I hear they hold outdoor theatre productions there during the Summer months and I can just imagine how dreamy that would be.
Next stop ; The Dunbrody Famine Ship (again)!