A midlands classic - Georgian-style mansion for under €1m
This striking mansion and 88ac of mainly forestry land is on the market in Westmeath for less than a million
Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30
Kildevin house is a fully restored Georgian-style mansion on 88ac near Streete in Co Westmeath. The land is in a mixture of grazing and forestry and the entire comes to market with a guide price of €950,000.
Located in its own townland of Ballykildevin the property is 2km from Streete, 25km from Mullingar, 27km from Longford and just over an hour from Dublin.
While technically built in the early Victorian era it has all the feel of a Georgian pile.
The place is steeped in history and was once home to Meredith Merry Johnston who played rugby for Ireland between 1877 and 1884 and captained the team to its first international rugby win.
Meredith's wife Edith Mary Jane Wise was a first cousin of William B Yeats and according to Celia Lamb of selling agents Ganley Walters there is reason to believe that the great poet himself visited the house on more than one occasion.
Prior to this the occupants of Kildevin were more notorious than salubrious. The Sproule family built the house in 1833 and one Robert Sproule was known as "an authoritarian figure of much local notoriety' who emigrated to Australian 'under duress' in 1847. No one knows what happened him in the then penal colony but his death notice was found in Adelaide as recently as 2013.
From 1916 the place changed hands a few times and when bought by its current owners in 1998 it was in a state of considerable disrepair.