Altamount in Co. Carlow, Ireland

Altamont is an old family home in Co. Carlow. Ireland. It is abandoned now but the gardens and lake are magnificent and well kept. It is free to enter and has so many gardens within the garden, it is magical. I tried to capture some of it in this poem.

Idyllic Altamont


Old stone pillars flank the entrance

tangled with ivy, brambles and weeds.

An avenue of copper beech

curve to an abandoned house

where a peacock’s call echoes

from purple walled gardens.


Weeping Aspens quiver

dappling sun-lit walls.

A faded facade lies buried

under a myriad of trees.

Vines meander the windows,

moss creeps the steps.


From the front porch

a thick path spreads through lawns

lined by pyramids of clipped box

and sweeping arches of yew.

Trellised roses perfume the walk

leading to a lily clotted lake

where swans with their young

forge through yellow lilies

dipping long necks into raven waters.


A woodland of rhododendron

bracelet the lake,

great mops of pink and purple

lead down to a dank bog

swamped with giant rhubarb

and reeds that swish in the breeze.


A diverging path

coils to a cascading waterfall,

crashing to the river Slaney.

Dense dark ash spiral upwards

to a bright grassy clearing

to intoxicating views

of the Blackstairs mountains.


A feast of surprises,

at each path’s twist and turn

with a seat to sit and ponder,

I long to return to Altamont.


© Maire






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