Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Ireland

Album Description: History, beauty, intrigue, passion and atmosphere make Belvedere an enchanting experience. One of Ireland's finest historic houses, together with gardens and landscaped parkland has been exquisitely restored. The Victorian Walled Garden contains old rose beds, herbaceous borders, a vegetable potager and fragrant herb garden.

Belvedere House is Georgian dating from approx 1740. It was designed by the renowned German Architect Richard Castles. It is the first bowed end house built in Ireland. Belvedere is a grand house of modest proportions, intended for use as a hunting lodge or villa. It also boast some of the finest Rocco plaster work in Europe, with free handed sculpted work by the French Artist Cramillion.

Belvedere House is set in a majestic 160 acres of maintained parklands, one of the very few surviving naturalistic Georgian parklands. The estate is on the shores of Lough Ennell one of Irelands largest inland lakes covering over 3750 acres. Lough Ennell is very shallow with 1/3 being less than 10 feet deep, and very gentle gradient, it also very rich in diverse wild life.

The Jealous Wall is Belvedere's largest (and indeed Ireland's Largest) Folly, built in 1760 to mimic the ruins of an Abbey. It true purpose was to conceal the view between two rivalling brother's houses. The other follies on the estate are the Grotesque Gothic Arch, again built in 1760 to be an eye-catcher at the end of the open parkland. It is said to be the abode of an anchorite or hermit, but has been liken to a stylised screaming face. The Gazebo is the final folly on the estate which is a octagonal in shape, built of stone with a brick lining and Ogee windows.

Meandering through the wood land is a very pretty stream, which is over hung in many areas with trees and lots of wild flowers.

The woodlands and parkland have abundant flowers and grasses, each season brings it own charm.

Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Santa Goes Green at Belvedere 
Narnia at Belvedere House goes back in time, back to when Father Christmas wore Green robes, in Victorian Times....
Col. Charles Howard Bury (1881-1963) 
Col. Charles Kenneth Howard Bury was the second last owner of Belvedere House, he inherited the house from...
The Belvedere Story 
The family associated with the strange story surrounding the “Jealous Wall” and Belvedere House were the Rochforts, a very old...
Portrait of Robert Rochfort later Lord Belvedere who had Belvedere House built 1740 as a Georgian Villa, somewhere to escape the ordeal of Family...
Belvedere hosts many year round events including outdoor Music Festival on its extensive parkland.
The magic of Narnia, comes to life at Belvedere.  Belvedere has special Christmas Events based on the story of Narnia; while year round the Narnia...
Belvedere has year round events and the Easter Bunny is always a favourite.
Belvedere's Victorian Walled Garden, covers 1.5 acres. This view is to the pond guarded by Foo Dogs.
Belvdere's Victorian Walled Garden, is at its best May until August.
A moody sunset view from Belvedere across Lough Ennell.  The lough is 7km (4.5 miles) long by 4km (2.5miles) wide and it covers an area in excess of...
The Jealous Wall is the largest and one of the most celebrated and spectacular follies in Ireland.  The word Folly...
Belvedere's Tram as it meanders around the parkland.
Belvedere's visitor centre in the shadow of The Jealous Wall, Ireland's largest folly.
Belvedere in the springtime.
A snowy day at Belvedere House, a magical place to visit what ever the season.
The view across Lough Ennell from the terraces of Belvedere House.
The Gothic Arch is one of the important follies at Belvedere, built as an eyecatcher, to be viewed across the expanse of parkland.  It dates from...
Belvedere House viewed from Lough Ennell, one of the finest brown trout fishing lakes in the midlands of Ireland.
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