Mount Congreve House and Gardens, Waterford

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Mount Congreve is an 18th-century Georgian estate and mansion situated near the village of Kilmeaden in County Waterford, Ireland. The architect was John Roberts, a Waterford-based architect who subsequently designed and built most of the 18th-century public buildings in Waterford, including both cathedrals. The House is situated close to the Southern bank of the River Suir approximately 7 kilometres from Waterford City. It overlooks County Kilkenny to the North.
The Congreve family originated in Staffordshire which was their principal seat from the 14th century. The first of the family to settle in the Waterford area was the Rev John Congreve (1654-1710). His grandson and heir, John Congreve had Mount Congreve built in 1760 a number of years after holding the position of the High Sheriff of County Waterford.
Mount Congreve then remained the residence of 6 successive generations of the Congreve family until the death of Ambrose Congreve at the age of 104 in 2011. The successive holders of the estate from 1760 were as follows: John Congreve married Mary Ussher in 1758 and had Mount Congreve built in 1760. His son, Ambrose Ussher Congreve ( - d1809) married Anne Jenkins. His son, John Congreve (b1801 d1863) married Louisa Harriet Dillon, daughter of Luke Dillon, 2nd Baron Clonbrock. His son, Ambrose Congreve III (b1832 -d1901) married Alice Elizabeth Dillon, daughter of Robert Dillon, 3rd Baron Clonbrock. His son, Major John Congreve (b1872 – d1957) married Lady Helena Blanche Irene Ponsonby, daughter of Edward Ponsonby, 8th Earl of Bessborough. His son, Ambrose Christian Congreve (b1907-d2011) married Margaret Gholson Glasgow.
Ambrose Christian Congreve died in 2011 and left the estate in trust to the Irish State. The contents of the house including the Mount Congreve Library collection were sold by public auction in May (London by Christie’s) and July (Waterford by Mealy’s) 2012.
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  • This garden surpassed all expectations. It was absolutely magnificent and bursting with colour in early May. The garden was extensive and impressive- it was not hard to see how it has accumulated so m...  more »
  • Apart from the walled garden we were not at all impressed with Congreve Gardens. Very little colour, no structure and no planning to the areas, some parts very weed infested, hot houses empty and lock...  more »
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  • We were there yesterday, the gardens are beautiful but the main reason I'm posting this is because of the dreadful signage and map provided which no sense. I see from other reviews that other people think the same. When you get to e.g. post no.4, it's impossible to know which direction to take to number 5. Arrows should direct you to the next post. Then there's 4b, 4c and 4d which are not included on the map. We met 2 elderly ladies distressed and lost looking for the way out. Other people said they thought by following the map that they were at the top of the map but the 'you are here' said they were at the bottom of the map and the same happened to us. When we got to the pagoda the next left and right after have no signs. Some of the posts have no numbers so you have no idea where you are. After the pagoda I said we needed to get back as it was nearly 5pm and it closes at 5.30pm. My husband said to follow the river downwards and that should bring us back. We barely saw a small sign in green (making it difficult to see)and partially hidden by shrubbery stating back to the car park. We followed that which brought us to 2 large solid wooden double gates the size of garage doors,which were closed. My husband tried pushing the gate open but couldn't. He put his hand through the gap to pull back the latch and had to shove it very hard to open it. I was getting very panicked wondering if we were going to get through it, it was 5.15pm. What made me very angry was wondering what if that had been an elderly person who couldn't open the gate and was very frightened wondering if they were going to be locked in when the gardens shut 15 minutes later. They might not have had a mobile phone to call for help. Please do something about your maps and signage as previous requests have not been met.
  • A truly wonderful garden . The tree collection is vast and beautiful. Individual gardens dotted around the estate with some wonderful vistas. The wall garden is a delight as are the planting schemes and peony walk which welcomes you as you enter the gardens . The estate was taken over by the Irish state in 2011 and is a work in progress . A Gardeners’ delight and great for the tree enthusiast ! Wonderful walks within the gardens ranging firs 20 min walk to a two hour ramble ! Visit this gem your sure to enjoy
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