This house was built in 1845 and has a colourful history attached to it. Dr. James Roche Verling, a native of Cobh lived here for a number of years. He was personal physician to Napoleon Bonaparte on St. Helena from 1818 to 1820. The eminent doctor died in 1858 and is buried in the Old Cemetery.
The Carbery family, renowned for their relief work during the Great Irish Famine, bought the house and lived there until 1914. In 1916 Bellavista House became the property of the diocese of Cloyne and was officially opened by Bishop Robert Browne as the Sacred Heart Noviciate. The Mercy convents, which had been independent since their foundation in 1850, were thus amalgamated under one Noviciate and one Mother General. Father Browne, a nephew of the Bishop, was a first class passenger on the Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown and frequently stayed at Bellavista. Many of his photographs were used by the international media following the tragic sinking of the Titanic.
Around 1931 the Sisters of Mercy moved out of Bellavista and the house was rented out as a private dwelling and divided into an upper (Northern) and lower (Southern) house. In 1978 the Southern House was sold by the diocese to raise money, and in 1979 the Northern House also came on the market.
Both residences remained separate and private dwellings until they were finally bought by the Ward family in 1998. The two houses were rejoined and extended and the beautiful conservatory which now houses the China Sea Restaurant.
Finally in 2001, Kevin Murphy took over Bellavista and turned it into the hotel we have today!
At Bella Vista Cobh Hotel & Self Catering, we offers a range of custom services to our guests.
A fishing break in the deep sea, a day at luxury golf course, boating trip or deep sea angling, a day at world renowned Fota Wild Life Park, a guided visit to the Cobh Heritage Center, hill walking, town tours, airport pickup/drop, town taxi or private car hire, we cater for all needs.
Above all, though we offer self catering suites in cobh but we won't miss a chance to write a little about our famous chiness restaurant - China Sea Restaurant
We have a 50 seat Chinese and European Award Winning Restaurant over looking Cork Harbour.
- Full Ala Carte Menu
- Open 7 days a weeks from 5pm to 12 mid-night.
The hotel also offers the following facilities:
- Full bar - serving all day
- Lunches & Soups Menu
- Restaurant open daily from 5pm until midnight
- Same day laundry service
- Free Car Parking
- Tourist Information
- Fax & email facilities
- Open fires in the communal areas
- Private Garden with View
- Wheelchair Friendly
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