An Enchanted Christmas at Fota House

An Enchanted Christmas at Fota House

Be part of something really special with your family this Christmas at Fota House.

Explore the charming, seasonally decorated rooms on your magical journey through the House. Along the way you will meet some enchanting and entertaining characters before your Continue reading

The Creepy Crawl at Fota

The Creepy Crawl at Fota

This October weekend and Halloween day,  join us for this fun, family, self-guided Halloween Ramble around Fota Arboretum and Victorian Working Garden.

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John Smith Barry Returns Home to Fota House

John Smith Barry Returns Home to Fota House

The homecoming of the long-lost portrait of John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry was celebrated this evening (Thursday 23rd August 2018) at Fota House.  The painting was jointly acquired by Fota House in collaboration with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Continue reading

Remembering John Charles Beswick

Remembering John Charles Beswick

Remembering John Charles Beswick: 5/10/1888 – 22/4/1917

A monument was unveiled last weekend commemorating 200 East Cork men who died in World War 1. This memorial was the culmination of three years of work by a group of local people. Continue reading

NATURE IS THE BEST DESIGNER OF ALL

NATURE IS THE BEST DESIGNER OF ALL

When it comes to design and designers, Cork has plenty to offer. In Fota itself, we have a Richard Morrison designed house. The neo-Gothic Cathedral in nearby Cobh was designed by Pugin and Ashlin. More modern, award-winning designs like the UCC Glucksman Gallery came from O’Donnell + Tuomey. But everyday in Fota House and Gardens, in the Frameyard and the Orchard, we see that Nature is the best designer of all.

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Gardener’s House Restoration

Gardener’s House Restoration

The Gardener’s House at Fota is a significant part of the history of the property and had been lying derelict for a number of years. In 2017 we began to restore it thanks to generous support from the Department Continue reading

ANGELS IN THE ORANGERY

ANGELS IN THE ORANGERY

Even on a misty, early-Autumn day, the Orangery is a bright, light-filled space. Growing happily in one corner is a species of Brugmansia, its orange “Angel’s Trumpets” and large foliage bright against the whitewashed walls. And then there’s the fragrance – released at night to attract moths and lingering throughout the day…

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