Drenagh sits within an old 1,000 acre estate, surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, and overlooked by magnificent Binevenagh in the fertile valley of the River Roe.
Historical Garden Northern Ireland
The present gardens at Drenagh were mostly laid out in the 1830’s and 40’s but the original gardens date back to the original McCausland house, Fruithill, which was built around 1640. We are currently undertaking an extensive restoration and invite you to come again and again to witness the transformation of The Walled Garden, The Italian Garden, The Glen, The Heather House, The Bog Garden, The English Garden, Old Cottage Wood, The Conifer Arboretum and The River Walks.
Explore the Gardens
Prior to the influence of the Vikings, the Norman French and lastly the Scots and the English, land in Ireland was not held by an individual but rather by the Clan. Territorial disputes were settled by the sword and held in the name of the Clan by its chieftain.
There were many Clans to hold the land at Drenagh – the McDonnells and the O’Cahans being the most powerful. It is supposed that Sir Thomas Phillips, an English land speculator before the Plantation of Ulster acquired the land from the O’Cahans in the early 1500s. His son disposed of that holding to the Beresfords who in turn sold it to William Conolly, an ancestor of the McCauslands, in the early 17th century.
Relax at The Orangery
The Orangery has been created out of two old greenhouses, one that exclusively grew violets for Lady Margaret McCausland, the present owners grandmother, the other was the tomato house. The current design tries to make the most of the light and views over The Walled Garden. On warm sunny days there is outdoor seating where you will be able to savour the colours of the plants, the buzzing of the bees, the birds singing and the delicate scents of herbs, flowers and cut grass.