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Wells House & Garden

& Our Champion Oak

It was a gentleman named Robert Doyne and his wife and Annette Constantia who made all the design changes to Wells House in the early 1800s, that you see today. They employed the help of renowned architect of that time Daniel Robertson. Robertson was of Scottish decent, born in America but trained and worked in England. Robertson is a curious character of the time, descried as a flamboyant yet hard working gentleman that enjoyed the high life.

Wells House is one of the first projects that he worked on when he came to Ireland. He worked on a lot of other properties in the south east including Powerscourt Co. Wicklow, Wilton Castle and Castleboro on the other side of Enniscorthy and Johnstown Castle just outside Wexford town. He worked for the Doyne family on and off for fourteen years and he designed everything from the house, gardens, window sills down to such detail as the picture frames.

One of the first landscape features that he designed was the Avenue here at Wells House and Gardens. Robertson was influenced by Italian Architecture meaning the gardens here are heavily influenced by geometry and symmetry. Wells House has a very dramatic central avenue that Robertson introduced in the 1840s.

Originally there was a U-shaped avenue which you can still see if you look to your left and right of the main house. The avenue is 550 meters in length from the front door to the entrance at the road and this central axis continues through the house and finishes at a lake that is situated in the woodland at the far side of the house. Unfortunately, the lake has fallen into disrepair, but we hope to undergo restoration of it in the coming years.

Along the avenue on the left-hand side you will find 25 mature Oak trees, 3 Sycamore, 2 Lime, and one beech tree. Amongst them we have a Champion Oak tree. A champion tree is the largest tree of a species.

These trees are measured based on the trunk circumference, the height and the average crown spread to give a point value.Our Champion Oak Tree sits in all its spender on the left hand side close to the top of the avenue. If these trees could talk, imagine the stories they could tell; Stories of turmoil and poverty, lazy sunny days and summer harvest evenings, and all of the people and events that have come and gone through Wells house and Gardens during the centuries in which it has stood proudly in the quaint village of Ballyedmond.

Wells House & Gardens are now taking bookings for our exciting  2021 School Tours Packages.

School Tours 2021

We are currently developing beautiful new walks through the Magic Woods of Wells House & Gardens, which children and teachers can enjoy on their visit. Our Adventure Playground is perfect for letting the kids work off some energy before getting back on the bus. All our packages offer free playtime for all.

This International Dawn Chorus Day, we invite you to experience our own magical ‘Dawn Chorus’ with exclusive early morning access to Well House & Gardens and Woodland Walks.

Dawn Chorus Morning

Lose yourself in Spring’s joyful morning song and enjoy the beautiful Sunrise at 05.51am, listening to a backdrop of birdsong whilst watching the day awaken in the enchanting gardens and woodlands.

Relax, unwind and enjoy your retirement with the help of Wells House & Gardens.

Active Retirement

Spend an afternoon in the dining room of the house itself and then take a step back in time with a guided house tour, bringing you back to a time when the magnificent ground floor and bedrooms witnessed the stories of Cromwell, Rebellions and the Famine.

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