Ballintubbert Gardens in Co. Laois are a complete revelation to the first time visitor. On entering through what must be one of the humblest and unassuming garden entrances, a short distance further along the drive reveals the fine Georgian Manor House around which the 14 acres of gardens are found. The house was first built in 1725 and has the distinction of being the birth place of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis (father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis). There are further associations with the artistic fraternity as the actor Sir John Hurt and his family lived here in the 1990s. It is now firmly on my list of must-see gardens in Co. Laois.