Ladestown House

Ladestown House


ladestown Riding Stables History

From Ledwidge Town to Ladestown

Mullingar History  

“ In that rich earth a richer
duct concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped made me aware,

  Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's breathing English air,

   Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

-The Orchid House-

John Charles Lyons

"Orchids for everyman and the Mullingar connection"

In 1843, the first manual on the cultivation of tropical

orchids was written, and then published, in the heart of Ireland!

The author/printer/publisher was John Charles Lyons, JP, of ‘Ladiston’ near Mullingar, Co.Westmeath . He built his own printing press (now in the county Library, Mullingar), and grew orchids in a glasshouse that he heated and watered by filling it from a stream with his own invention. Lyons’ manual is a fascinating period piece, so much so that it was republished in 1983 in a facsimile edition,  available in Mullingar library.

An Irish patriot, Francis Ledwidge was an acclaimed poet from Slane, and to the left are some lines from one of his most famous poems titled ‘The Blackbird’.


It is from this historic and romantic setting overlooking Lough Ennell

that Toni and Bryan Peters offer an equestrian experience to suit

beginners, novice and more experienced riders of all ages.

“...Breeding racehorses, hunting, eventing, children's' ponies, and competing at all levels, horses have indeed been our lives. Its hard work but dedication has its rewards...”

  “..Along with our children, Angus, Andrew and Philippa we have had a lifetime of fun. Over the years we have collected a number of great horses and ponies that we could never part with, and so began our Riding School.......



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