During the Midterm break we visited Belvedere House in Mullingar. Its just down the road and has been on our list of places to visit for ages and was really good.
We were lucky with a sunny day but clouds were looming so we didn’t make it down to the lough, even after three years here we are still not that hardy/weather prepared. We started by taking a walk through the gardens before heading up to the house. I love a good country house!! Can we just talk about my son here who is the absolute double of his daddy in this photo? He is growing up too quick!
Can never pass up the chance for a group shot. What a ramshackle bunch we are, I swear as the kids get bigger and outgrow buggies we just look like a travelling circus – its all arms and legs and noise and movement when we come to town. We really need to find a Belvedere House of our own to fill up!
The walled gardens were beautiful with lots of little hidey holes for the kids to enjoy. I really want to go back in the summer as Im sure they are all planted up beautifully.
The absolute highlight of Belvedere has to be the fairy garden complete with a gorgeous tree swing. Most of the tree’s had fairy doors on them, and there were lots of little toadstools dotted about too as well as the odd fairy (so long as you were really really quiet and didn’t make any sudden movements!).
I’ve not worked out any mode other than ‘auto’ on the new camera. If I had then the above photo would not be a big blur but as it is you can just about make out the look of sheer joy on Amelie’s face!.
The house was great too, with an interactive ‘below stairs’ and well restored rooms ‘above stairs’. It was all very Downton Abbey. We finished off our walk with coffee and ice cream in the coffee shop there. Its built into the old stable block and there’s a kiddies playground outside. All in all it’s a great local day out and we really enjoyed it.
I’d thoroughly recommend this as a nice stop between Dublin + Galway, its great for all ages but especially any little fairy lovers!