Lismore Castle Gardens & Stables
Like in the previous years, Lord and Lady Burlington allow the Lismore Opera Festival to use the castle stables as our opera set and the gardens for food and wine and hospitality for our patrons. Anyone who visits the festival immediately knows that this is the perfect setting for a unique opera festival. In 2018 Lismore Opera Festival 2017 presents an original production ofL’Italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini in the stunning and unique setting of the covered stableyard.
Dromore Yard is a romantic restored 18th century farm on the banks of the Blackwater River. Charming outbuildings and courtyards set the scene for the centrepiece, which is a large, chandelier-lit barn, with a terrace looking out over the water. Acoustics are second to none in this private venue, not usually open to the public. The setting is special too, as you are transported away from the regular world, and right into the secret heart of the magical Blackwater Valley.
Salterbridge House and gardens
The gardens of Salterbridge House are part of the Waterford Garden Trail. They are Located near Cappoquin. The Victorian country house’s grounds are filled with camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and many other woodland shrubs. The original house was built in Salterbridge around 1750 by Richard Musgrave. The house which was at the center of an 18,000 acre estate in the 19th century remained in the Chearnley family until 1947 when it was purchased by the current owner’s family.
Cappoquin House and gardens
A hidden treasure’ is how many visitors have described Cappoquin House and Gardens. It is easy to understand why. Blink and you may easily miss the the driveway, which flows unceremoniously from the pavement to meander up the hillside towards this beautiful Georgian house. The high vantage point of Cappoquin House, situated on the prominent site of a medieval Fitzgerald Castle offers stunning views across Cappoquin and beyond to the river Blackwater. The entrance to Capoquin House is via the yard, where visitors are met by the current owner, Sir Charles Keane whose family have lived here since 1735. The recitals at Cappoquin House have become a tradition in our programme and we are looking forward seeing you there again.
Tourin House and gardens
The gardens at Tourin House extend over 2 hectares and include a walled garden. A fine collection of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and other shrubs give a beautiful seasonal display of colour. Rare and mature trees include a Champion London Plane Tree. Lovely walks along garden and woodland paths lead to Tourin Quay and a pond with wild duck and other wild life. Tourin House and Gardens are situated about 5km from Cappoquin and the heritage town of Lismore in County Waterford. The main house was built in 1840 in the then fashionable Italianate style. Overlooking the River Blackwater, the original historic 16th-century tower house still stands and can be seen from the garden.
St. Carthage’s Cathedral
In the historic town of Lismore, County Waterford, visitors will find St Carthage’s Cathedral, which dates from 1633. Still, the ecclesiastical significance of the land goes back to the 7th century, when St Carthage founded a monastery here. Due to the presence of the religious community, Lismore was known throughout Europe as a place of learning.
At the present cathedral, situated on a lovely hill surrounded by greenery, visitors can view medieval tombs, stone carvings, fine stained glass windows and more.
Laid out in the 1700s, by John Villiers, the 1st Earl Grandison, Villierstown is a picture-perfect village on the banks of the Blackwater. Approach it through the Dromana Gates, a Hindu-Gothic confection straddling the approach avenue, for maximum impact. The church itself is a charming Queen Anne-style building, with lovely acoustics. Added attractions, before or after the concert here, include tea and cakes from Tory’s Cakes & Bakes, a firm Villierstown favourite, and boat trips on the Blackwater from Blackwater Eco Tours.