Powerscourt : Michelin's recommendations
The estate owes its name to Eustace le Poer, a Norman knight. In 1609 James I granted the land to Sir Richard Wingfield, who was named Viscount of Powerscourt. In 1961, the estate was sold to Mr and Mrs Slazenger. The house, designed in 1730 by Richard Castle to incorporate an earlier castle, was destroyed by fire in 1974. The ground floor has been restored and now houses a terrace cafe overlooking the gardens and a video presentation of the estate's history and owners. The gardens are on sloping grounds facing the south side of Sugar Loaf Mountain (503m). These gardens are famous for their magnificent roses and flowering shrubs, the long row of conifers, the eucalyptus copse from 1897 and the path of beeches leading up to the front of the house. The entrance to the commemorative gardens is to the west of the terrace. They were created in 1931 in memory of the seventh viscount's widow, Julia, by her son. The four busts of Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are copies from the Vatican. Bamberg Gate is a beautiful example of Viennese ironwork (1770). Several walled gardens occupy the side of the hill up to the domestic animal pen and the rhododendron bushes down below. The terraces were commissioned by the seventh viscount in 1843 and designed by Daniel Robertson, an eccentric architect who suffered from gout and barked his instructions while sitting in a wheelbarrow.