Bespoke Wine Wall for Belvelly Castle, Cork

A stunning helical castle staircase, bespoke wine wall, window seats and fireplace surround for Belvelly Castle in Ireland

A new castle staircase was required for Belvelly Castle, which dates from circa 14/15th Century, standing sentinel by the narrow waters between Cork’s Great Island and Fota Island near the iconic Belvelly Bridge. In the 16th Century, Walter Raleigh once described Belvelly as “broken down”. In the 17th Century it was abandoned and then continued to decay for the next 400 years until Gary & Anne Wilson bought Belvelly in 2016 as an ambitious restoration project.

Working closely with interior designer, Peter Plaskitt, our commissions are part of what turned out to be a 150 week, €5m project to restore the castle into a 6 bedroomed, 4,500² ft home.

Bespoke Wine Wall & Sliding Ladder 6813

Our brief was to design, manufacture and install a bespoke wine wall with a sliding ladder for the kitchen wall.

The rack design has evenly spaced pewter finish columns, matching steel finish of the staircase. The columns hold alternatively cantilevered bottles, standard wine bottles to the inside of the rack with capacity for magnums on the outer columns. Bottles are held in place by turned oak grommets matching the rungs of an elegant sliding ladder. Concealed behind every vertical column are the fixings for remote-controlled colour changing LED strips.

The ladder takes on a “split-pin” design and is forged from blackened steel with a handhold at its top. Shaped oak rungs climb the ladder with no visible fixings, with a thin leather handrail to one side for support. The ladder is finished with polished highlights complementing the inner stair wall, with the timber finished to match the castle flooring. The top rung has holes to hold a selection of bottles while one continues to browse the collection.

To view other projects at Belvelly Castle, please click on the relevant heading

Bespoke Fireplace 7196

Window Seats 7107

Belvelly Castle Staircase 6574

We are happy to discuss other architectural aspects of your project as well as the staircase.

Project ID: 6813