Tuesday 16 October 2018

Wells House is Wexford's most visited attraction

Uli and Sabine Rosler reopened Wells House and Gardens to the public in July 2012
Uli and Sabine Rosler reopened Wells House and Gardens to the public in July 2012

Fintan Lambe

As Wells House and Gardens celebrates its fourth birthday this weekend, owners Uli and Sabine Rosler have a special reason to celebrate. Last year, Wells House became the most visited tourist attraction in Co Wexford.

Visitor numbers have swelled considerably since they reopened the gates of the historic house to the public in July 2012. In the first six months, they welcomed 27,000 visitors. That grew to 58,000 visitors in 2013, and to 98,500 visitors in 2014. The trend continued upwards in 2015, when some 122,000 people went through the gates, meaning over 300,000 people visited Wells House and Gardens in its first three-and-a-half years. This year is looking to continue the upward trend.

Sabine Rosler said they were absolutely delighted to become Wexford's most visited tourist attraction in such a short time. She added that the work on restoring the house and gardens continues thanks to the support of the public. 'We are busy all year round,' she said. 'When we opened, we made the commitment to be a twelve-month tourist destination for Wexford. We have also worked to constantly improve the visitor experience.'

Additions since they opened include a craft courtyard, an animal farm, a second woodland walk, a par terre garden, and the restoration of the house continues. 'It's been a very fast four years, and it has been very busy,' said Sabine, who is looking forward to celebrating the fourth anniversary at the Victorian Garden Party on Sunday, July 17. She said the reaction from customers has been very encouraging to all of the team. Last year, they were voted Ireland's Best Family Day Out by listeners of Today FM.

Sabine also won an FBD Women in Agriculture award, and she will travel to Brussels later in the year to represent Ireland at the European Women in Agriculture award.

Wells House and Gardens is also on one of the routes on Ireland's Ancient East trail being promoted abroad by Bord Fáilte, helping encourage more visitors to Wexford.

Gorey Guardian