A wonderful mix of naturalistic and formal garden offering the owners and visitors a bit of heaven on earth.
Templebreedy Gardens was given a wonderful canvas set beneath the imposing Templebreedy Church, surrounding The Old Rectory (1814), extending to the ‘Cruchán’ woods and overlooking Cork Harbour and Crosshaven.
It features a variety of garden rooms which include woodland areas, a formal box garden, small walled garden crammed full of herbaceous perennials, and much more. This old-world setting features many surprises and multiple windows with varying plant combinations, herbaceous plants, shrubs, grasses and trees.
A must see for a plant enthusiast with lots of time for a slow appreciative walk.
- The gardens were featured in the Sky programme ‘Show me your Garden’ in 2015 which presented English, Irish & Scottish private gardens; and in Shirley Lanigan’s ‘Open Gardens of Ireland’ in 2017.
- The Old Rectory and gardens are listed in the Irish National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
Eircode P43 E129.
From Cork, drive to Carrigaline (R609-R611). Then take the R612 to Crosshaven (approximately 6.7 km), on arrival turning right at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) on the L2497 (R612) in the direction of Myrtleville. After 2.2 km, at the T-junction ‘Goats Cross’, take the L926122-1 into ‘Fennels Bay’. Straight ahead up the
approach road to Templebreedy Church and graveyard, and after the walled entrance on left, is a 120m avenue entrance to The Old Rectory and the Templebreedy Gardens experience.