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Trees and lush grass scene
Illustration of a lady

About Hamwood House & Gardens

A unique private estate in the process of restoration where the gardens have been laid out and rejuvenated by each successive generation since their establishment in the late 17th Century. Hamwood House is often described as one of Ireland's most beautiful houses, elegantly flanked by hexagonal pavilions in the Palladian style. This is one of the last remaining Georgian houses occupied by the same family since the completion of the building by Charles Hamilton 1 in 1777.

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Hamwood House with a lavendar plant in foreground

House & Gardens

Set in beautiful countryside close to the University town of Maynooth, lies the hidden gem of Hamwood House with its 12 acres of gardens collectively created by each of the seven generations that have occupied there for nearly 250 years. It has stood through time witnessing numerous historical events and encountering many fascinating characters who have entered through its vast doors and many whom have been born here such as the great artists Letitia and Eva Hamilton and of course the famed Caroline Hamilton whose talent in art, music and writing is well documented. Caroline’s cousin was the renowned Lady Eleanor Butler who with her companion Sarah Ponsonby, caused such a stir in 18th century Ireland by eloping to Wales and became known as the Ladies of Llangollen. Hamwood is a wonderful treasure to visit and explore its past, and the family has been adept at retaining its character. The gardens and woodland can now be visited all year round by members.

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Members of Hamwood Gardens will be able to enjoy walking along the new Woodland Trail, certain sections of which will only be accessible for Members, and in the Walled Garden all year round between opening and closing times.

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