Wells House is open to the pub­lic for five very suc­cess­ful years

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

IT’S BEEN five years since the re­birth of Wells House and Gar­dens.

The house it­self has over 300 years of his­tory, but since it was opened to the pub­lic five years ago, it has grown to be­come one of the most pop­u­lar fam­ily at­trac­tions in Ire­land.

Uli and Sabine Rosler took the very brave step back in 2012 to bring Wells House back to life. An ex­ten­sive in­vest­ment, with the sup­port of Wex­ford Lo­cal Development, was put in to en­able the on­go­ing restora­tion of the house and gar­dens in or­der to re­in­state the 1830’s de­signs by renowned ar­chi­tect Daniel Robert­son.

They be­gan by un­cov­er­ing some of the orig­i­nal wood­land walks, and it was not an easy task! They also be­gan re­fur­bish­ing the house and court­yard to a stan­dard where the pub­lic could visit, and they in­tro­duced a new tea room and a play­ground.

They cel­e­brated the grand open­ing in July 2012 with a Vic­to­rian gar­den party on the front lawn, with live mu­sic, and they were over­whelmed when so many peo­ple ar­rived that an ad­di­tional field had to be opened up for park­ing.

They haven’t looked back since, and have built up a fan­tas­tic pro­gramme of events through­out the year.

Sabine and Uli and their ded­i­cated team have made it their life’s mis­sion to re­store the house and gar­dens to their for­mer glory, and ev­ery year, they have rein­vested the in­come from the gate fees into mak­ing this dream a re­al­ity. Each year has seen a dif­fer­ent project un­der­taken, with more re­cent de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing the Vic­to­rian parterre gar­dens at the back of the house. Fu­ture projects in­clude the restora­tion of the lake, the base­ment of the house and the en­trance and round­about at the front of the house.

Wells House and Gar­dens is now the most pop­u­lar tourism at­trac­tion in Wex­ford and in 2015 was voted ‘Best Fam­ily Day Out.’

Vis­i­tors can now ex­plore the en­chanted wood­land walks with fairies and other dis­cov­er­ies to be made, re­lax in the stun­ning Daniel Robert­son gar­dens and see his im­pres­sive draw­ings of the house on the Liv­ing House Tour with the Vic­to­rian tour guides.

With an ad­ven­ture play­ground, an­i­mal farm, craft court­yard and de­li­cious home cooked food from Mrs Stone’s this is the per­fect day out for fam­i­lies and friends of all gen­er­a­tions. Why not try your hand at archery on the 3D wood­land course, clay pi­geon shoot­ing or book a fal­conry ex­pe­ri­ence and dis­cover your in­ner fal­coner?

As the cen­turies old house cel­e­brates its fifth birth­day as a top tourist at­trac­tion, all are in­vited to share in the on­go­ing story of the re­birth of Wells House and Gar­dens at a Vic­to­rian Gar­den Party, this Sun­day, July 16.

En­joy a tasty bar­be­cue, mu­sic, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ments and birth­day sur­prises. En­try is great value at €8 per car and there is an ex­tra charge for those tempted by the bar­be­cue.

Sabine Rosler said this marks a spe­cial time at Wells House and Gar­dens. ‘It’s five years since we opened our doors to the pub­lic and we have come so far since then,’ she said. ‘We would love to thank all of our cus­tomers and throw this party to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion. We can­not wait to see what the fu­ture holds.’

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