In the beginning …
William Henry (Harry) Barrett of Port Dover was surprised to find his name in a Star classified ad in 1926. Solicitors from Great Britain were searching for him regarding an estate in Ireland. Harry had inherited a large Irish castle in the Clonmel district. Thus began an incredible adventure that continues today in the port of Dover. With part of the proceeds from the sale of his assets in Ireland, Harry hired local artisans and tradesmen to build Clonmel Castle on a hill overlooking the original location of Dover, Ontario; a site that had played a part in the War of 1812 that saw the burning of Nichol’s Mill and Brewery. Clonmel Castle opened with great fanfare in 1929.
Power of Now
Clonmel means Honey Meadow, in gaelic…. our Motto is Lus – Midhe which means FORGET ME NOT/ or UNFORGETABLE.
Clonmel Castle sits high on Prospect Hill, surrounded by three acres of English gardens, wrapped in a hand-crafted stonewall. From its impressive hilltop presence you can hear the crashing waterfall where the locals play under the falls and in the pools.
Located in the historic village of Dover just a few minutes from downtown Port Dover.
Clonmel is lavish but not pretentious. An authentic Georgian revival Heritage Mansion it boasts over 12,000 square feet of elegance and sophistication.