I've never been able to sleep on a plane—not as a baby, not as an adult. I am completely envious of people who can. While the plane sleeps, I use the time to work on web content, a client’s travel itinerary or catch up on mounds of travel related news & information. As I type this, I am flying to San Diego to attend my cousin’s wedding. In the spirit of romance, I thought it would be fitting to post something romantic in nature and there are fewer places more romantic than Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Romance seems to run in the very water at Powerscourt. This gracious County Wicklow estate, set in the shadow of the Sugarloaf Mountain, is achingly beautiful – whether you’re gazing at the lily pads drifting on the ornamental lake, strolling through the Japanese gardens or wandering along the avenues of beech trees. With scenery like this, it’s no wonder that Powerscourt is a favorite place for couples to tie the knot. But for those who aren’t getting married, it still offers a gorgeous escape just a short distance from Dublin.
The estate itself dates back to the 1300's, but the current Palladian house was completed in 1741. Commissioned by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt, the mansion was described by a historian at the time as possessing “the massive dignity of a great Italian Renaissance villa”. The gardens, with their cascading green terraces, magnificent statues and manicured lawns have been voted #3 in the world’s “Top 10 Gardens” by National Geographic.
After a romantic walk, there are few better places to relax than on the outdoor terrace overlooking the fountain where you can enjoy afternoon tea. And if you feel like wandering farther afield, you’ll find Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland’s highest, about three miles away. The perfect spot for summer picnics! (Courtesy of Ireland Magazine)