The House from a circa 1910 postcard
Earlier Houses: An early 19th century house on the site called Springvale was demolished in the mid-19th century, when the current house was built. Elements of Springvale were incorporated into the current house.
Built / Designed For: Andrew Mulholland, mayor of Belfast.
House & Family History: Ballywalter is particularly noted for its two-story hall, carried on Doric columns on the first floor and Corinthian columns and pilasters on the second floor. The hall, which is 60 feet long, is lit by two stained glass domes and features a stone imperial staircase with an ironwork balustrade.
Comments: Ballywalter is considered Ireland's finest 19th century Italianate palazzo style house.
Country Life: CXLI, 456, 516, 1967.
Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
Year Published: 1988
Reference: pgs. 28-29
Publisher: London: Constable and Company
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Ballywalter Park Guidebook
Author: Lord Dunleath; Hamilton, Rosemary
Year Published: 2003
Reference: pg. 24
Publisher: Co. Down: Ballwalter Park
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
Year Published: 1990
Reference: pg. P 398
Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade A*
Park Listed: Unknown
Current Seat / Home of: Brian Henry Mulholland, 6th Baron Dunleath.
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Matthews family, early 19th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Andrew Mulholland, 1846-66; John Mulholland, 1st Baron Dunleath, 1866-95; Henry Lyle Mulholland, 2nd Baron Dunleath, 1895-1931; Charles Henry George Mulholland, 3rd Baron Dunleath, 1931-56; Charles Edward Henry John Mulholland, 4th Baron Dunleath, 1956-93; Michael Henry Mulholland, 5th Baron Dunleath, 1993-97.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home