‘Devonshire Day’ returns to Lismore Castle for Mother’s Day 2022
Devonshire Cream Tea will be served for ‘Devonshire Day’ this year on Mother’s Day Sunday, March 27th 2022 at Lismore Castle in County Waterford.
Guests to the castle on the day can take a unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the Pugin Room, enjoy a talk on the history of Lismore Castle and experience a preview tour of Lismore Castle’s spring gardens.
Devonshire Day is now a tradition at the Castle; guests are served Devonshire Cream Tea under the guidance of the Duke of Devonshire’s Butler and are then offered a guided tour of the Castle gardens by the Head Gardener – the event is a once a year occasion and not on offer generally to visitors. It has not taken place for the last 2 years due to the Pandemic.
Devonshire Day is a fundraiser organised by the ‘Immrama Festival of Travel Writing’ committee and a ‘boutique’ Immrama Festival will take place June 2022 for the first time since 2019. The use of the castle and the gardens for this fundraiser is by kind permission of the owner of Lismore Castle, Lord and Lady Burlington.
Tea and tours take place at 11.30 a.m., 12.40 p.m., 1.50 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 4.10 p.m. Entrance is by ticket only. Tickets are available online and can be booked through the Immrama website, www.Lismore-Immrama.com or by contacting Donal on 085 8628445. Tickets cost €27.55 including the booking fee.
The Lower Garden was formerly known as the ‘Pleasure Grounds’ and is spectacular in the springtime. A number of camellias, rhododendron‘s and some particularly magnificent magnolias can be found here. There has been extensive planting over the last number of years and the gardens are being constantly refined and improved. The walls surrounding the garden date from the early 18th century and have been planted with roses such as Francis E, Lester, Bobbie James, Rambling Rector to name but a few. The Lower Garden also boasts some spectacular sculptures by well-known artists Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna.
The Upper Garden is one of the few Jacobean gardens to survive in anything like its original form. The first Earl of Cork helped by his gardener John built a high surrounding wall and a raised terrace terminated at either end by turrets. The Central Walk, which is between the herbaceous borders, is backed by yew hedges and was laid in dramatic alignment on the Pain spire of the Anglican Cathedral. The hedges provide a suitable background for the herbaceous borders as one walks towards the top terrace. Located here are some artistic works by Bridget McCrum, Simon Thomas, Emily Young and Edwin Whitney Smith.
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Pictured is the Duke of Devonshire’s Butler at Lismore Castle Mr. Denis Nevin.
Enjoy Devonshire Cream Tea in the Pugin Room at Lismore Castle in County Waterford and experience a unique preview of Lismore Castle Spring Gardens on Sunday, 27th 2022 For tickets (priced at €27.55 per person) via www.Lismore-Immrama.com or contact Donal at 085 8628445
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Serving Devon Cream Tea:
The Devon method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top. Traditionally it is important that the scones be warm (ideally, freshly baked), and that clotted (rather than whipped) cream and strawberry jam, rather than any other variety, are used. Butter is generally not included, and the tea should be served with milk
The classic “Devon cream tea” was voted the Devon region’s favourite food speciality.