Explore Ballyteige Lodge’s unique and striking woodland garden.
Ballyteige is situated at the meeting point of three interlocking valleys along the River Ow. Extensive planting was carried out in the Edwardian era that has, a hundred years on, left a legacy of mature trees and shrubs. Today Ballyteige boasts a small arboretum of Pines, Cedars, Redwoods, Monkey Puzzles, Limes, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Intermingled amongst these introduced species are a rich variety of native trees, notably two large belts of oak forest.
Across the River Ow, adjacent to Ballyteige, a slip of this native forest once hosted a unique woodland garden. The garden was complete with a tea room, oriental style bridges, water sluices, waterfalls, twisting stone steps along cliffs and caves and a deep salmon pool. The original bridges and tea room are long since ruined, however a wide variety of plants and shrubs survive today from yew to rhododendron, rowans, holly, broom, azaleas, acers, Japanese cedar and ferns, all thriving amongst a carpet of frocken and under a canopy of magnificent mature oaks. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty.
The gardens at Ballyteige are currently being rediscovered and restored by Rory McArdle. A new suspension across the River Ow has been built on the site of the old bridge. The network of paths, steps and smaller bridges have been repaired and many new species planted in keeping with the woodland style.
An additional woodland loop of 1km leads through the orchard, wild flower meadow and past some of the more remarkable specimen trees.