HISTORYIt was built in 1740 by Robert Rochfort, 1st Count of Belvedere, as a hunting lodge. The well-known German architect Richard Castle (1690-1751), one of the most famous Palladian architects in Ireland, was chosen for the project.
The famous country palace is located in the vicinity of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. Its gardens, which include “The Jealous Wall” and many acres of forest, attract thousands of visitors annually for their beauty. The house has been fully restored and the grounds are well maintained. The stable block houses a modern visitor center with a multimedia exhibition, exhibitions and café. Adjacent to the visitor center is the animal sanctuary and a children’s park.
WHY THIS PLACEAlthough not very big, the house is very architecturally significant due to its delicate rococo ceilings, diocletian windows, dramatic nineteenth-century terraces, and a landscaped domain, which boasts the largest and most spectacular folly (garden whim) in the country. Worthy of a royal wedding, for the good taste and refinement of the place.
• A fascinating walled garden, designed by Ninian Nevin in 1857, contains one of the best collections in Ireland of rare and special plants.
• English balloonist James Sadler started a balloon flight at Casa Belvedere on October 1, 1812, in an attempt to cross the Irish Sea. However, it almost drowned as a result.