Georgian house dining room

Belvedere House

A few photos from our visit to Belvedere House, located outside Mullingar in Westmeath, Ireland. Belvedere House was a Georgian villa built in 1740 by Robert Rochfort, Lord Belfield from designs by renowned architect Richard Cassells.  It was originally designed to be a hunting lodge or holiday villa but later became the main residence of Robert Rochfort, after he accused his wife Mary Molesworth of having … Continue reading Belvedere House

Mullingar greenway

Old Rail Trail

We cycled the new Westmeath Greenway along the old Mullingar-Athlone railway line.   This is the Westmeath section of the Dublin–Galway Greenway and extends from the existing Royal Canal Greenway in Mullingar to the town of Athlone.  It will be known as the Old Rail Trail Greenway and is for recreational cyclists and walkers. The walking and cycling route is on a tarmacadam surface and is … Continue reading Old Rail Trail

Tullynally Pakenham estate

Ireland’s first house with central heating

We visited Tullynally Castle (also known as Pakenham Hall Castle), during Heritage Week.  The castle is located 1.5 kilometres from the town of Castlepollard in County Westmeath, in the midlands of Ireland. It featured on RTE’s TV cooking show ‘Lords and Ladles’. After the English civil wars (1642 – 1651), Henry Pakenham, a Captain in Oliver Cromwell’s army, was granted land by the King and … Continue reading Ireland’s first house with central heating

Sacred centre of Ireland

We visited the Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath in the midlands of Ireland.  We got a guided tour at the Hill of Uisneach as it is Heritage week, we also got an archaeological lecture with Dr Roseanne Schot from University College Galway.     We first heard of Uisneach, when we attended the Festivals of Fires a few years ago. Uisneach is the original seat … Continue reading Sacred centre of Ireland