Belvedere House & Gardens

Who would guess that behind the tranquil Victorian walled gardens and enchanting woodland trails of Belvedere House lies one of the most dramatic family histories in Ireland? This grand Palladian country house was built as a hunting lodge for Robert Rochfort in 1774, but it wasn’t quite the peaceful retreat you might imagine.

At the house you can hear the story of the jealous Earl who locked his wife away for several years because he suspected her of infidelity.


Having locked up his wife in his previous home on suspicion of an affair with his brother Arthur, Robert later set about constructing what’s known as the Jealous Wall in the grounds of Belvedere, to hide the larger and more impressive house of another estranged brother, George, on a neighbouring estate.

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Belvedere House & Gardens
Co. Westmeath
Tel: 353 44 934 9060

This Website is part funded by Westmeath Local Enterprise Office.