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.
Salterbridge House and gardens
The gardens of Salterbridge House are part of the wonderful 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. The garden remains very much in line with the original lay out. Many of the most notable trees such as the Irish yews and the cork oak were planted when the original house was built.
Susie and Philip Wingfield have been hosting our guests for many years and are inviting you this year again.
Since 2017, Fortwilliam Estate is one of the venues for our recitals. Fortwilliam is a privately owned rural Estate located close to the historic small town of Lismore on a beautiful stretch of the River Blackwater in Co Waterford. The well known Fortwilliam Fishery on the Munster Blackwater enjoys the private and tranquil surroundings of the estate which extends to 400 acres. This provides a beautiful environment for the enjoyment of those wishing to fish and offers an inspirational and unique setting for others to relax and enjoy this special part of County Waterford with all it has to offer.
Fortwilliam includes the immaculate, restored early Victorian (1836) house designed by James and George Richard Pain, two guest cottages, 400 acres of tillage and grazing land, glasshouses, croquet lawn and tennis court.
Cappoquin House and gardens
Cappoquin House is an 18th century Georgian mansion. It dominates the river Blackwater at the point where, due to an ice age blockage, the river turns south and ploughs its way through the hills to the sea. The castle was one of a series controlling the tidal waters of the river, a main artery of trade with England. Looking upstream you can see Lismore Castle. Downstream you can see Dromana, the great castle of the Earl of Desmond.
The recitals at Cappoquin House have become a tradition in our programme.
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. The main feature inside is a fine double oak staircase. 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.