Clandeboye is a 2000 acre estate situated about 2 miles from my home town of Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland. The estate is currently home to Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, widow of the last Marquess and know as Lady Dufferine. She opens the gounds and Courtyard once a year to the public. Over the next 2 weeks, I hope you will join me as we wander round this wonderful estate looking at gardens, lake, birds and her award winning cattle herd along with activities in the Courtyard on that day.
The estate has been the home of the Blackwood family since the early seventeenth century and more about the estate and history can be found HERE
This buiding is a disused bird hide.
There is a very large lake that took me nearly 2 hours to walk round.
As a result of the work of the 1st Marquess, Clandeboye is home to the largest area of broad-leaved woodland in Northern Ireland, consisting mostly of oak, birch, and beech. Amazingly, the grounds are tended by head gardener Fergus Thompson with only one assistant.
I hope you enjoyed to the start of our walk around the estate.
Tomorrow we wil see the birds I saw on the lake.
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