I paid Belvoir Park, Newtownbreda, County Down, a visit this afternoon.
Belvoir was built by the 1st Viscount Dungannon; and later sold to Sir Robert Bateson, 1st Baronet.
Belvoir forest park is now in greater Belfast.
I have written quite a lot about this extraordinarily fine 18th century demesne, though little trace remains of it.
There are, however, several indicative features.
The stable-yard survives, mercifully.
The old retaining wall is largely intact. It stands to the east of where the mansion house stood (now the car-park).
There were four or five ornamental fish-ponds below the wall, though their remains are barely discernible.
The sweeping lawn immediately in front of the house (above) is now completely overgrown.
I strolled along the old tow-path, beside the former river Lagan navigation and canal.