Belvedere House, County Westmeath

Belvedere HouseBelevedere House is located just outside Mullingar in County Westmeath.

Jealousy and revenge are the key themes highlighted in this somewhat unusual house which is reputed to be haunted.

Although impressive from a distance, Belvedere House feels quite small when you go inside. There is a rather gruesome story of a wife who was locked up here by her husband and whose ghost now haunts the house. Perhaps it is just knowing that story that gives Belevedere house a somewhat claustrophobic feel.

Outside, the gardens at Belevedere House offer good walks, including a Narnia trail that will appeal to children familiar with the CS Lewis books. There is also a pretty walled garden.

Belevedere House is famous for its ‘follies’ and ‘jealous wall‘.

On a fine day it would be possible to put in quite a few hours exploring the grounds of Belvedere House. There is plenty of parking and a coffee shop on the site.