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. Under the loving guidance of Lynneee Steffler, Clonmel has recently experienced a complete restoration and has now been returned to the original glory of 1929.
Clonmel means Honey Meadow, in gaelic…. our Motto is Lus – Midhe which means FORGET ME NOT/ or UNFORGETABLE sits on a glorious three acres of english gardens beside a lovely waterfall, where the locals plash and play under the falls and in the pools.
United Empire Loyalist, William Francis first owned the valuable mill site (Ivy Dam) and the adjacent hill, the hill upon which Clonmel Castle is located today. From its height one could view the development of the village of Dover Mills and the Port, and then the smoke of its destruction by Campbell’s raiders in 1814.
In 1926 a local farmer William Henry “Harry” Barrett was alerted to an unclaimed estates notice in a magazine. More Barrett proved to the be legitimate heir of the fortune of Quintin Dick, the grandson of the founder of the Bank of Ireland. The fortune included priceless paintings, a large collection of silver and a library of books which can be found in the rare book section of the Royal Ontario Museum.
One of the most lavish homes in Norfolk County, Clonmel Castle is grand but not pretentious, an authentic Georgian revival Heritage Mansion, boasting over 12,000 square feet. Famous for its Heritage designated hand crafted stone wall, and impressive Hilltop presence, Clonmel Castle welcomes everyone to enjoy the grounds.
Come for stroll or book a room today. Clonmel castle now is open as a B&B and Long Term retirement residence.
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.
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.
Top Notch Profiles– Local photographer.
Hickey’s Haven– B&B partner located in Port Dover.
Culture Rodeo– Learn about events for locals and tourists.
Social Feather Events- All your event needs at Clonmel Castle.