DiCamillo Companion
Ireland

Belvedere House

  • Built / Designed For: 1st Earl of Belvedere

    House & Family History: Belvedere House was built as a hunting lodge for Robert Rochfort, 1st Earl of Belvedere, who later converted the House into his primary seat. For the interiors Lord Belvedere employed the French stuccadore Barthelemij Cramillion, who created some of the finest Rococo plasterwork in Ireland at Belvedere House.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Belvedere House is famous for its Jealous Wall, the largest folly in Ireland. This folly was built circa 1760 by Robert Rochfort to block the view of Tudenham, the neighboring house of his brother, George, with whom he had fallen out over money. It's likely that Robert, who was clearly a difficult man, was also jealous of the larger and grander house built by his brother.

  • Architect: Richard Castle (Cassels)

    Date: 1740
    Designed: House for 1st Earl of Belvedere

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  • Title: In Ruins
    Author: Woodward, Christopher
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus
    ISBN: 070116896X
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat / Home of: Robert Rochfort, 1st Earl of Belvedere, 1740-74; George Rochfort, 2nd Earl of Belvedere, 1774-98. Brinsley Butler, 4th Earl of Lanesborough, 1828-47. Charles Brinsley Marlay, 1847-1912. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury, until 1963. Rex Beaumont, 1963-82.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by Westmeath County Council since 1982

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 0449-338-960

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.belvedere-house.ie/

    Historic Houses Member: No

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