One fine day, a handsome man drove me through the tall trees, in all their autumn glory, up the long driveway to Emo Court. It was my first time to Ireland, one of my first dates with the man I am now married to. I’ll never forget the grey skies and windswept colored leaves floating in the air above us as gusts of wind swept them off the ground in front of us. We walked the paths in front of the beautiful mansion with the green colored copper roof, through the trees, down the field and to the little lake path below. As we strolled along I was romanced by the beauty of the place and the one who walked beside me.
Emo Court is a beautiful manor house that was built in 1790. It is surrounded by large gardens and gorgeous trees, and contains a small gift shop, restaurant and tea rooms at the side of the house. The house can be viewed by guided tour for a small fee of €3 per adult, but honestly, I’ve never taken the tour, though I’ve been to Emo many times. The gardens are free to enjoy and the tea rooms/restaurant boasts of mouth-watering desserts and other savory bites.
For Locals, it is a place for lovely quiet walks, family picnics, and romantic strolls. Kids are often seen throwing balls or rolling down grassy slopes in front of the house, despite the “keep of the grass” signs posted every now and again. There are huge trees from various places around the world that grow in the gardens, a few are great for climbing on and there are no signs to say it is forbidden. For those who are visiting, it is simply a lovely example of classic Irish history and beauty that can be enjoyed rain or shine for a very affordable price, free if you like.
Since you made it this far. We figured we’d share with you one of the secret spots we love at Emo Court. There is a huge tree that we love to climb. Just follow the path left at the entrance to the gardens, you should see it on your journey. Have fun. Be safe!