Friday, January 09, 2015

Mother & Son Quality Time At Fota House & Gardens | Guide Of Cork ♥

  This is post four in my Guide of Cork, I hope you've been enjoying seeing some of my home city and county so far. I can't say there's an awful lot to do with toddlers around the East Cork area during the winter months, in fact, I've been struggling to think of places to bring Tyler Lee to give him both a fun day out and a safe space in which to spread his legs and run to his hearts content and believe me when I say that this boy can run! The beautiful beaches which I would usually take him to, as he's such a beach babe, are far too cold at the moment and I'm suffering from a cold myself which I really don't want to make any worse. I could take him to some local soft play areas but I shudder at the thought of the dirt and germs they harbour... *shudder* so when I saw the sun shining this morning and decided we were both in need of some fresh air, I got us ready and we headed to a favourite haunt of ours - Fota House and Gardens for some mother and son quality time.

All set and ready to go on his 'lead' - tell me I'm not the only one who walks their toddler?
Fota House in our midst.
The beautiful doorway, pillars perfect for playing peek-a-boo.
The garden steps, such a regal feeling to this part of the garden.
Fota Island is only five minutes from our house so it's the perfect place to go for a walk, or in Tyler Lee's case a run and it's free to go to, apart from the €3 parking fee of course, but that's for upkeep of the grounds so I'm more than happy to pay it. Fota House is such a beautiful building (although I did see today that it's in need of a sprucing up) which has even more beautiful gardens, especially during the summer but they also offer a space for little ones to run around or for people to just go for a walk through the various areas. I've never actually been inside Fota House but we plan do go there in the spring and have a look around. Apparently it's home to a ghost who flings books at people in the library - fun right?! The house does have quite a spooky feel about it and it has three pet graves which I've shown below which always give me an eerie feeling anytime I read what's on them. Fota House also has a tea room which unfortunately was closed today, shame because I really would have liked a scone!

A view of the lake.
My favourite part of the garden, I want my wedding photos taken here.
Enchanted by the water.
A robin came to say hello. A robin always reminds me that a the spirit of a loved one is around so someone special in Heaven was with us on our adventure.
Another view of the lake.

More lake, in need of some spring magic me thinks!
He was longing for a swim, sadly I had to decline.
 We didn't walk through the whole gardens on this occasion as someone was tired... okay we were both tired, but someone (not me!) also had a tantrum halfway through so we just potted around enjoying the scenery and the fresh air. It thankfully wasn't too cold but towards the end I was dying for my car and it's heater! The gardens are so large and there's so many parts to them but we stuck to the main area which is covered in trees and bushes and features a lake which is lovely to sit by and just take in the views.

Running ahead as always.
The three pet graves.

Such a cool name for a dog.
I think this name gives me an eerie feeling the most.
Check out those dates, over 110 years ago.
 I would highly recommend a visit to Fota House and Gardens if you're ever in the East Cork area. The gardens are exceptionally beautiful in the spring and summer but even in autumn and winter they make for a great walk and safe space to get some fresh air. The many benches dotted around the gardens also make them an idyllic place to read a book in peace or to simply sit and watch the world go by. I don't know why we haven't visit more during the colder months as it really is a great place for my boy to run around in and not get lost or be in danger of cars, etc. We were the only ones there today and it was great to have it all to ourselves. I can't wait to visit the inside of the house and get that scone another day!

Well and truly bonded and still smiling at the end of it all, freezing but smiling nonetheless!
Expect to see more of Fota House and Gardens on the blog in spring and summer and hopefully my boy and I will have lots more quality time enjoying the great outdoors.

Fota House and Gardens,
Fota Island,
Cork
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51 comments

  1. Fota House and the Gardens are so beautiful! I would love to see them during the spring when the flowers are in bloom! That door way is gorgeous. Your sons curls kill me, too CUTE <3

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    1. Spring is really beautiful there. I've featured it in spring and summer on the blog before too :) Thank you, can't get enough of his curls myself!

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  2. We only went to the park in October. Really need to go to this place next time. Looks amazing.

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    1. It really is amazing, the wildlife park is great too though :)

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  3. What a lovely trip. I'm sure you have created wonderful memories together.

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  4. House and the Gardens look amazing. Great pictures!

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  5. Fota House & Gardens looks so nice and peaceful! Definitely a good place to go for a nice little stroll- or, for your boy- a run- through the park!

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  6. You got some lovely pictures. These are the memories to treasure and scrapbook. Your son is too adorable!

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  7. What a gorgeous place for a visit. I can see why you took the little guy there to explore. It is absolutely lovely.

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  8. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! Do you have any posts on how to take better photos?

    I love finding great outdoor places to explore, it's hard to be unhappy in nature!

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  9. I love seeing Ireland it is at the top of my list for of places to see abroad! It reminds me alot of some of the gardens in my own home state of South Carolina. One day I will make it there to visit!

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  10. That is so beautiful. I really, really need to get to Ireland. It's been on my bucket list for a while now.

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  11. What an amazingly gorgeous place! The grounds seem so serene! I also loved seeing all of the buildings. Thank you so much for sharing your mother/son time with us!

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  12. Wow! There are so many painting worthy spots at the Fota house! I may have to make a trip there for a girls painting weekend!

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  13. Who wouldn't want a tea and scone after visiting this beautiful estate. I'd love to visit it too. My mom went to Ireland two years ago. It's on my bucket list for sure.

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  14. Very nice pictorial of your time there.. My favorite has to be your son looking through the cement fence because he couldn't see above it..

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  15. Fota House & Gardens really look beautiful. I really love the picture compilation as they clearly depict how much one would enjoy such environ.

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  16. Oh this looks like fun! Good, quality time is a must and this would be so much fun! Tea and scone sounds like fun too, such a perfect mother and son date day!

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  17. Such a beautiful place! Quality time with your babies is always special, wherever you happen to be. This place does sound fun, and I'd be curious to see the ghost throw something. I find the history fascinating.

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  18. What beautiful gardens - I love spending time outside with my boys too. When tea and scones are involved it's even better!

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  19. That looks like a beautiful place for little toddlers to run around and explore. You captured some great pictures.

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  20. What a fun place to visit. The grounds are beautiful, but so are the stories. A ghost that throws books- awesome! The pet graves wouldn't scare me. . .but maybe that's why the robin was with you - to keep you safe just in case. (=

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  21. Well that's just gorgeous! It looks like you had an amazing time!

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  22. I've never been to Ireland, but I really, really, really want to--and this post only confirms that for me! This place is absolutely stunning, and I can see why you'd want your wedding photos there. Tyler Lee looks like he had a blast running up and down! Keep the Cork posts coming! :)

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  23. Those grounds are so beautiful looking! The beauty would be a great motivator for me to walk there often! My kids would have a blast exploring the grounds as well.

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  24. What a lovely place to take your son where he can run and explore. I need to make a date with my own son.

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  25. Beautiful photos, as always. You always make me want to jump up and go on vacation.

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  26. What a gorgeous place. I sometime do the same.with the boys, pack them up and take them to the botanical gardens for the day. They love to run in the large grassy areas and hide behind the giant trees there. And I think there's nothing like a day out in the brisk air to tire little ones out! Glad you enjoyed your lovely day and thank you for sharing so many beautiful photos!

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  27. Fota House and Gardens are stunningly beautiful. You son is the real star of the show though. He's so cute. :)

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  28. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Your pictures are amazing!

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  29. Your son is so cute. =) It's been cold here as well and it's been hard to find some place to take the kiddos to get a day out. That place looks so pretty and welcoming.

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  30. What a neat looking place, to go, visit with your son. I am sure you both had a good time together judging by the beautiful pictures you took. I love the water scenes a lot.

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  31. Oh my gosh, that is just the most beautiful house I have ever seen! man and the longest too! Just look at that landscape, everything is perfect. Your child is just so adorable as he ran around (and played hide and seek). You captured the moment so beautifully. I am so glad that you had an amazing time, these moments are just so precious!

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  32. This looks like an amazing place to visit with your son. It is nice spending the mom and me time with your little ones. I miss them times with my sons. Cherish the moments while you can. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Great photos! I wish I could come visit! I’m sure it’ll be a great time!

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  34. Looks like a wonderful day spent with your son -- who is gorgeous by the way! This place looks amazing!

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  35. Those are amazing images...you have a really good eye for photography! Your little one is adorable, too!

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  36. That looks absolutely breathtaking. I would love to be able to visit there someday.

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  37. Wow that looks like such a cool place to visit. That house looks absolutely amazing and the pet graves are kind of eerie.

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  38. That looks like a wonderful day with your son. What a beautiful place.

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  39. That is absolutely beautiful!! I love walking it just clears your head and the beauty would be uplifting! Your little one is adorable!!

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  40. Fota House looks beautiful; the architecture and grounds hint at its former grandeur.. and it's fascinating to see how nature eventually takes its course.. :) I'm watching Downton Abbey right now, so I think it'd be fun imagining what the house was like before...

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

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  41. These pictures were breaktaking and beautiful!!! I know you had a great time with your son there!

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  42. First off, I love the cute little hat! Second, those pictures are amazing. Such vibrant colors.

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  43. What a beautiful place. My family is from County Claire and County Cork so I am saving my pennies day by day to travel for a visit. It will be nice to visit my family and friends one of these days. Thank you for sharing your photos. I loved each and every one of them.

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  44. I think I'm starting a cold over here too. So not good timing for me either. Love your pictures, they're all great!

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  45. What a beautiful place! I love this post so much, I love seeing people spending time together and seeing people happy with one another, really makes me smile! Your photos are stunning too :)
    Brogan xx

    broganjay.blogspot.co.uk

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  46. This place looks amazing! I can't wait to check it out some time~

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  47. That is a gorgeous place, reminds me of an estate here in the city. Your son is so adorable, by the way. Love his hair. :)

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