Autumn at Ardress House

Ardress Apple orchards

Spend autumn amongst the orchards. Autumn at Ardress House is a very special time of the year. The surrounding orchards are ready for harvesting and the lawns are blanketed in lilac crocuses. Ardress House sits in the heart of the famous apple-growing county of Armagh. Ripe with history and heritage, spend Sunday 3, 10, and 17 October picking your own apples, meeting local honey, apple and cider producers and enjoying the autumnal colours on the property.

Step back in time

Pass through our visitor reception area and step into the traditional, cobbled farmyard. Pop into the different outbuildings such as the smithy, byre and threshing barn to get a flavour of old-time rural life. The whole family will love meeting the friendly goats in the paddock and enjoy the children’s play area. Raspberry Lane will be on site offering their home made bakes and freshly brewed coffee throughout the day.

Apples hanging from the tree
Apples hanging from the tree
Apples hanging from the tree

Lady’s Mile walk

Bring your walking boots and set off on the Lady’s Mile (really three-quarters-of-a-mile, if you’re counting). This circular, woodland path is a real highlight of any visit, and as you return to the house marvel at the lilac blankets of crocuses covering the lawns. There are some great views en route and look out for Frizzel’s Cottage, an 18th-century mud-walled house that was fully refurbished two years ago.

Explore the house

Learn about the Clarke and Ensor families who lived at Ardress from the late 1600s to the mid 20th-century. See how the originally modest farmhouse was enlarged and re-modelled over the years. Some of the furnishings are original while others have made their way back here. Highlights include the drawing room, dining room and a fine collection of paintings on loan from Stuart Hall in County Tyrone.

Autumn activities for all