Our Avoca Store and Café at Powerscourt House is surrounded by one of Europe’s finest gardens, Powerscourt Gardens with its spectacular setting and panoramic views of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain. The Gardens are set on 47 acres and include Italian and Japanese gardens, statues and ornamental lakes, rambling walks, over 200 variations of trees and shrubs and a very unusual pet cemetery!
Powerscourt House itself was renovated in 1996 after a fire and reopened with an Avoca shop and Terrace Café at garden level. This is spread over several interconnecting rooms and backs out onto a wide terrace, with a breathtaking perspective across the Gardens to the Sugarloaf.
Powerscourt Gardens were developed over 150 years by architects including Richard Cassel, Daniel Robertson and other landscape experts. The Gardens were designed to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape, creating one of the most majestic vistas in Ireland. There are two walks in Powerscourt Gardens – 40 minutes and one hour long. An audio visual exhibition brings to life the rich history of the Estate.
Italianate design was a major influence on the style of the gardens and can be seen in the elegant stone staircase leading down from the Italian terrace to Triton Lake. This is adorned with a statuary walk, culminating in two magnificent pegasii overlooking the lake. ‘Tower Valley’ is a woodland walk with a magnificent variety of trees and beautiful rhododendrons. The Japanese Gardens feature pretty bridges and water pools and are adorned with Japanese maples and azaleas. The walled gardens are one of the oldest features of Powerscourt and feature elaborate gates, colourful rose beds and a beautiful herbaceous border.
The Estate also includes a Ritz-Carlton Hotel and a Golf Course. And even if you haven’t yet visited Powerscourt, you may have seen the Estate before! Over twenty-five movies and TV series have been shot at Powerscourt Estate including The Count of Monte Cristo, King Arthur, The Tudors and Camelot. The Gardens looked magnificent during live broadcasts such as the filming of the Celtic Woman DVD and U.S. programme The Today Show in 2009.