Fancroft Mill and Gardens

The water wheel at Fancroft Mill which is 4.5 m in diameter is driven by a tributary of the Little Brosna River which forms the boundary between Co. Tipperary and Co. Offaly.

Fancroft Mill and Gardens


Fancroft Mill

The water wheel at Fancroft Mill which is 4.5 m in diameter is driven by a tributary of the Little Brosna River which forms the boundary between Co. Tipperary and Co. Offaly.
The word Fancroft is an Anglicisation of "Fionn Choradh, the white weir". Numerous water ways, flowing gently, powerfully gushing or marvellously quiet are fundamental to Fancroft and its appeal.

A major conservation programme began in 2006 by Marcus & Irene Sweeney on this Protected Structure (OF 320). New mill stones were installed in 2010.
Visitors are taken on a guided tour of the complex.

Visitors marvel at the massive rotating gears, are delighted by the whooshing, hypnotic sound of the water wheel and gaze in admiration at the wonderful joinery work of the milling experts, craftsmen from Weimar, Germany who executed the refurbishment of the milling equipment. A photographic display illustrates the many stages of the conservation project. A recently installed small generator now contributes to the domestic heating system. The mill is home to a significant colony of bats and in summer swallows swoop in and out over the wheel tending to their numerous chicks.

The extensive Gardens at Fancroft were created in the 1990's by previous owner Angela Jupe. Serious gardeners revel in a visit to Fancroft but it also holds great appeal for those with an interest in architecture, photography or wild life while poets painters and dreamers find in it a haven of great peace and beauty in all seasons. More than 1 km of this, paved, gravelled or grassy invite visitors to ramble and explore the herbaceous borders, fruit paddocks, woodland, grass garden, walled garden and river paths.
Structurally interesting are the Turret, Glass House and River Cabin.

Numerous seats throughout, many offering shelter from a shower, encourage rest and reflection in this lovely place. The recent installation of ramps and further paved areas has increased the number of areas accessible to users of wheel chairs and mobility scooters.

If requested when arranging a visit, refreshments are provided in the Mill Tea Rooms. Home baked treats are served, fruit juices and cheeses are sourced locally.
Toilets are accessed through the Tea Rooms. There is ample parking for cars and for coaches.

Open on selected days throughout the year.

Please make prior arrangements before visiting.

Directions From Dublin:

Exit motorway, M7, at junction 21.
Proceed toward Roscrea via R445.
Follow signs for N62 (Birr).

Directions From Limerick:

Exit motorway, M7, at junction 22, for Roscrea .
Proceed through town centre to N62 (Birr).

Directions From Roscrea:

Head North on the N 62 (Birr road) for 2 km.
Turn right onto L 3104 (A brown & white signpost indicates Fancroft Mill & Gardens). Pass by Roscrea Oil depot on left hand side. After 1 km, at crossroad, go straight through.
After 1 more km, at T junction, turn left.
Follow the winding road, after 400m you will see the gates of Fancroft Mill & Gardens.

Directions From Birr:

Follow the N62 (Roscrea).
After 17 km on left hand side note Dromakeenan school.
Proceed 1 more km, turn left onto L3104 (A brown & white fingerpost indicates Fancroft Mill & Gardens).
Pass by Roscrea Oil depot on left hand side. After 1 km., a crossroad, go straight through.
After 1 more km, a T junction, turn left.
Follow the winding road, after 400m see the gates of Fancroft Mill & Gardens.

Large Coaches/Trucks:
Recommended route to avoid Hairpin Bend!!

From Roscrea take R 421 (Kinnitty road ).
Proceed 2.9 km and turn left onto L 4029. (A fingerpost indicates Fancroft House & Gardens).
Proceed for 500m to a Y junction, take the right hand route.
Follow the winding road, after 400m see gates of Fancroft Mill & Gardens.

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Location: 
Contact Name: 
Irene Sweeney
Address: 
Fancroft
Roscrea
Tipperary
Phone: 
+353 (0)505 31484
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