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Belvelly Castle

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Belvelly Castle

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Siverfoxtravelexpert wrote a review Dec 2020
Dublin, Ireland17 contributions1 helpful vote
Think this is privately owned. The refurbishment is fantastic. Stunning location. Great photo spot. Next to Fota House and Gardens.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Alan D wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland54 contributions54 helpful votes
As this is now a private residence I only seen from the outside but it goes to show how tasteful people can be when doing up their home. Congratulations to whoever owns this. You have a beautiful home.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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HowlnBubba wrote a review Oct 2019
Key Largo, Florida1451 contributions927 helpful votes
This is a 14th century tower house, built by the Anglo-Norman Hodnett family, overlooking the only bridge connecting Fota Island and Great Island. It changed hands many times and fell into ruin by the 19th century. In WWI, local coachmen would bring sailors from Cobh for a fee, telling the sailors it was Blarney Castle. The castle was occupied and partly restored in WWII. It was sold to a wealthy couple in the early 21st century, and they restored it to a private dwelling 2016-2019. During the restoration, an oak tree growing from the roof had to be removed. The owners replaced it with a 24-carat gold leaf tree sculpture that is eye-catching; especially on a sunny day. The owners also added an Orla de Bri sculpture, "Quiet Listening", which is a deep-in-thought bronze figure facing the tree. Now the tree and figure are far from being in keeping with the prior history of the castle, but I think the owners can be allowed a certain amount of discreet latitude in making this a home.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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CarnmoneyUK wrote a review May 2019
Harrogate, United Kingdom46 contributions30 helpful votes
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As you go past Fota resort and golf course on your right you will come to an old bridge which is the entrance to the island of Cobh, most famous as the last departure point of the Titanic. Look up to your right to see Belvelly Castle, built in c1500 and once owned and occupied by the invader, Sir Walter Raleigh. Recently restored in a €5m project to a stunning private residence and topped with The Thinking Man and The Golden Tree; statues by Irish artist, Orla de Bri
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Date of experience: May 2019
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