County Kilkenny: THE BELLINE HOUSE ESTATE

Standing out among the many country house estates dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Belline House estate, at one time associated with the nearby Bessborough House estate, represents a remarkably intact complex where each range, regardless of function was fully developed as an aesthetically pleasing architectural composition. The pavilions framing the main house, the rustic lodge, the "Inkpot" or "Turret" lodge, and so on, all contribute significantly to the pleasing visual statement made by the collective estate in the local landscape.

Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Detached single-bay two-storey Classical-style gate lodge, c.1775, on an octagonal plan with two-bay single-storey return/wing to north. Now disused. Octagonal slate roof (hipped to return/wing) with rolled lead ridge, octagonal chimney stack to apex having carved cornice, and no rainwater goods on carved cut-limestone cornice to eaves. Rusticated limestone ashlar walls with frieze to first…


Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay three-storey over part-raised basement Classical-style country house, c.1775, on a T-shaped plan with three-bay full-height projecting bay to centre on an engaged half-octagonal plan having single-bay full-height entrance breakfront, and three-bay (overlapping) three-storey parallel range to north-east having two-bay three-storey side elevations. Renovated, c.1925, with single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting bay added to centre…


Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Detached seven-bay two-storey double-pile red brick outbuilding, c.1775, with two-bay single-storey recessed end bay to left, and five-bay two-storey rear (north-west) elevation having series of three segmental-headed carriageways to ground floor. Renovated, c.1975, to accommodate residential use. Pitched double-pile (M-profile) and hipped slate roof on a U-shaped plan (pitched to end bay) with clay ridge…


Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay three-storey building, c.1775, possibly originally mill on a square plan with series of three segmental-headed carriageways to ground floor, and three-bay three-storey side elevations. Renovated with roof remodelled. Now disused. Pitched (gable-fronted) roof remodelled with corrugated-iron, iron ridge having finial to apex, and uPVC rainwater goods on overhanging open eaves. Remains of unpainted…


Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey pedimented rustic lodge, c.1775, with pedimented prostyle tetrastyle Doric portico to front, and five-bay single-storey side elevations. Now disused and partly derelict. Pitched (gable-fronted) slate roof with clay ridge tiles, red brick Running bond chimney stack having stringcourse, and no rainwater goods surviving on overhanging timber eaves having timber modillions. Painted fine…


Belline House, BELLINE AND ROGERSTOWN, Piltown, County Kilkenny

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Gateway, c.1775, comprising pair of limestone ashlar piers with stringcourses, carved cornice capping supporting finials, wrought iron double gates, wrought iron flanking pedestrian gates, limestone ashlar terminating piers with stringcourses, and carved cornice capping supporting finials. Set back from line of road at entrance to grounds of Belline House.