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July 25, 2019

Lee View House


In 2017 the management team of the Montenotte hotel decided to embark on uncovering the history of our unique hotel. Having limited knowledge on its previous residence we commissioned a local historian, Margaret Lantry, recommended by UCC for her knowledge of Cork’s Merchant princes. The research project took over 12 months but the history uncovered and the stories told were remarkable.

The research documents, the background history, to the houses and the hotels on the site preliminary research was conducted involving the examination of the land records including ordinance survey, name books and letters, the tithe allotment books and valuation office records. The 1901 and 1911 censuses and Cork city street directories were also examined as were street directories since 1867. Other sources used where newspapers for mentions of the Lee view hotel and country club hotel in order to find out more about their history.

The original mansion house of the Montenotte hotel was first built in the 1820’s, set on the hilltop overlooking Cork city. A luxurious home built by a butter merchant, to view his cargo coming in and out of Cork harbour. Lee view house consisted of a house, basement, privy, 2 coach houses and 2 stables. William Harrington purchased the remains of a 900 year lease from John Ingram in 1836, he was paying £11 in ground rent.

The gate lodge of Lee view was occupied by Michael Walsh, who would have rented or leased it from William Harrington.

John Ingram of 39 Grattan Hill, Cork, died in about 1844. Probate to his estate was granted on 5/1/1846 in the Prerogative Court of Ireland.

William Harrington, a retail/wholesale chemist, Justice of the Peace, of Lee View, Cork. Son-in-law of William Stanley (formerly Comptroller Inland Revenue Department, Ireland), of Dublin. He had three sons, William Barry, Ignatius Earle and Stanley, who together established the Shandon Chemical Works on the Commons Road in 1885. From this company was later formed Harrington Brothers Ltd, London, and in 1922 Harrington & Goodlass Wall (HGW). In 1896 another company was founded, The Cork Chemical & Drug Company (office at 80 Patrick Street).

Stanley was born at Lee View in 1856. He was knighted in 1907 during the visit of the Prince of Wales to Cork and became privy councillor in 1918. He was involved in many bodies in the city, such as the Cork Chamber of Commerce (President 1982-3), Queenstown Naval Dwelling Company Ltd. In 1907 Stanley was a director of the Munster & Leinster Bank (later AIB) and a member of the UCC Governing Body. He was living at ‘Trafalgar’ in 1907. In 1949 he was awarded an honorary degree by UCC. Stanley was married in 1883 to Catherine Lyons, daughter of Thomas Lyons, JP, of Waterview, Co.Cork. After the death of his father-in-law, Stanley became chairman of Thomas Lyons & Company. Stanley died at his residence. ‘Araglin’, Rushbrooke, Co.Cork, on 31 July 1949.

William Barry Harrington was living at Lee View in 1907. He was also a chemist but also involved in many companies and bodies in the city, such as the City of Cork Steam Packet Company Ltd, Cork Gas Consumers  Company and the Anglo-Irish Condensed Milk Company Ltd. William and his brother Stanley were registered as a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in 1891.
In both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses, the inhabitants of Lee View, located in the townland of Ballinamought West, North East War of Cork city, were William Harrington, Daly, Linehan and O’Keefe.
In the 1921 Guy’s Cork Almanac, William B. Harrington is listed at Leeview.   As if the history of the Harrington Family is not already exciting enough, it turns out that this family who created HGW, is better known today as Dulux Paints, and the original site still is in operation on the Commons Road, Cork.

In the 1943 and 1945 directories, S. Haynes is listed here – could this be a relative of the Coleman-Browns?.....this is where the story of what we know as The Montenotte Hotel really begins and the story of Lee House becomes exciting.

We will continue to share with you the history of our magnificent Georgian Mansion House, it’s inhabitants along with the stories of the here and now.  What has been uncovered is truly unique and we hope you enjoy reading about the history as much as we have along with uncovering even more tails from those that know the hotel and mansion house of old.




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Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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