Fancroft Mill & Gardens are located on a tributary of the Little Brosna river, part of the Shannon system, about 4 km. North of the town of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. As the river, rather unusually, flows right through the mill, the structure straddles  the boundarygarden path to glass house between Co. Offaly and Co. Tipperary. FANCROFT is an Anglicisation of the Irish words  FIONN CHORADH ......the  WHITE WEIR.

An extensive conservation project, commenced in 2006 by Marcus & Irene Sweeney, has resulted in the rescue from dereliction of this mill complex which is of noted industrial heritage importance. A set of new mill stones were installed in 2010. Milling capability is now restored for domestic   purposes. A recently installed generator contributes to the household heating system. All of the buildings at Fancroft are included on  the  Offaly County Council list of   Protected Structures. (OF 320).

The rescue from dereliction of the mill complex at Fancroft received public recognition in 2017 when the Irish Georgian Society awarded the owners one of their Conservation Awards. The inaugural Norman Campion award for Best Restored Industrial Site or Museum was conferred on Fancroft Mill & Gardens by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland in 2019.

Approached by the winding  road  one has no idea of what lies behind the hedge  and across the stream which drives the water wheel  in the corn mill. Consequently the extensive gardens, created mostly in the 1990’s by previous owner Angela Jupe, unfold as a series of delightful surprises as one proceeds beyond the pebbled courtyard leaving the busy world behind.

In recent years Fancroft  Mill & Gardens has proven to be a wonderful venue for successful  heritage seminars, classical and traditional music events, sponsored walks and visits by interested individuals and groups from Ireland and overseas.            

The Gardens at Fancroft will not be open to the public for the 2021/22 season


Fancroft Mill & Gardens ,
Roscrea , Co.Tipperary. Ireland.

Eircode: E53 ET72.

Tel. 0505 31484 or click here for enquiries.

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