We have also recently uncovered a number of historic stone paths which will take you back in time and allow you to follow in the footsteps of those who lived on the estate in the past.
On this trail, you will see imposing mature Japanese maple and sweet chestnut trees, while you will also encounter the ruins of a 19th-century glasshouse. Historically, this would have housed exotic fruits, including pineapples, which at the time would only have been available to people in high society. Note that the old boiler, pipes, fireplace and original floor tiles are all still visible, offering a fascinating historical insight into life on the estate, going back over two centuries. A new glasshouse has been constructed, complementing the existing historic building and ensuring that the estate continues to develop over time, while still retaining its unique history.
As part of this initiative, we are working with the Alpine Garden Society (Ulster Group), to use this new glasshouse to house alpine plants. As the first Ulster Group was originally set up by Lady Clanwilliam while she owned Montalto, this will help to ensure that the estate continues its linkages with its storied past.
Finally, visitors on this trail will be able to view The Cutting Gardens; this area is used by the estate to supply flowers for events and workshops.