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.
Book a tour today or come stay for a relaxing retreat.
Lynneee has spent the lions share of her life in customer service and hospitality. Her passion is people-pleasing and sharing the spectacular Clonmel Castle with others. A gracious and fun loving hostess, Lynneee welcomes individuals and groups for custom events designed to their specific needs and wants.
The revitalization project to bring Clonmel back to its original “Gatsby” grandeur has been a delightful adventure.
Come for stroll or book a room today. Clonmel Castle now is now open as a B&B, Long Term retirement residence and a unique event destination in Port Dover.
Norfolk Tourism– Information on tourism and events in Norfolk County.
Culture Rodeo– Learn about events for locals and tourists.
Norfolk Golf & Country Club
Offering a coupon for 2 rounds of 18-hole golf along with power cart for only $75 (a $100 value.) This coupon is valid on weekends only.
Natur Organic Beds– Organic beds that are used at Clonmel Castle.
Trumeau Stones – A boutique provider of handcrafted stone creations for both residential and commercial properties.
Rogue Tiger Charters– Yacht and sailing charters launching from Port Dover.
Elements Day Spa– Spa partner located on the shores of Lake Erie.