Just behind Kilkenny Design Centre, a walkway leads into the beautiful Butler House and Gardens. It’s in these gardens that last spring I fell head over heels for a magnolia tree. Do you remember it?

Kilkenny Butler House 407x616 Butler House & Gardens

The Walled Garden might be small (… by Irish standards) but it has an enchanting pond surrounded by really interesting stone blocks.
Kilkenny Butler House Walled Garden 2 Butler House & Gardens

Kilkenny Butler House Walled Garden 407x616 Butler House & Gardens

These stones are in fact from the plinth of Nelson Pillar in Dublin, which was blown up by nationalists in 1966.

Kilkenny Butler House Walled Garden 3 Butler House & Gardens

Camera: Canon EOS 300
Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
Location: Kilkenny

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  • Pratiksha

    June 23, 2014 at 2:33 am | Reply

    beautiful photos!
    i would like to be a butler for that house and garden. ;-)

    • Antonella Guarracino

      June 23, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply

      Thank you, Pratiksha but I should have said that Butler House was the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle and that, most importantly, takes its name from the Butler Family, Dukes and Earls of Ormonde who resided at Kilkenny Castle for 500 years.

  • Rhianne

    June 23, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply

    It looks beautiful, so peaceful

  • Silvia Pareschi

    June 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply

    I’d like to be the gardener. I love magnolia trees!

  • Polly Balitro

    June 24, 2014 at 7:04 am | Reply

    Can I move there? What a dream!
    I absolutely love the composition of the first photograph especially!

    • Antonella Guarracino

      June 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Reply

      You’ll be happy to know then that the house is a hotel. Keep it in mind for your next trip to Ireland!

  • Nancy

    June 24, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply

    It looks like a beautiful place – I would love to sit at this pond daydreaming…

    • Antonella Guarracino

      June 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply

      I forgot to tell there were also gold fishes swimming happily in that pond :)

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