Sunday 23 April 2017

Fancy the life of a king? Four Irish Castles on the market

Craigdun Castle, Ballymena
Craigdun Castle, Ballymena
Carrignacurra House
The Baily

Four castles on the market in Ireland

Carrignacurra Castle


In a superb location on the banks of the River Lee at Inchigeelagh, Co Cork. Selling agent Helen Cassidy says that the castle was probably built around 1575 to defend a ford across the River Lee and would have been an O'Leary Castle. It stands on approximately one acre of land with extensive river frontage.

The castle is in need of complete renovation. To date three timber sub-floors at the second, third and fifth levels have been installed, and there has been some restoration on the top floor and the roof. There has also been some rebuilding of loops, windows, door surrounds, the murder hole and other details.

In the past year, planning permission has been granted for restoration and alterations to the castle for use as a dwelling, including the construction of a two-storey extension. Local architect James Bourke has designed an attractive scheme including a roof terrace positioned to take advantage of the views.

Agent: Helen Cassidy Auctioneers (094) 954 6868

Knockabbey Castle


In Ardee, Co Louth dates from three distinct eras, so different parts of the castle have their own individual characteristics - Gothic, Queen Anne and Victorian. The three sections form a single eight-bedroom home. Knockabbey is set well back from the road and has fine views over the gardens, which are a particular feature of the property. These have undergone major restoration since 1998 and contain some of the most important historical water features in the country as well as a magnificent array of specimen trees, including a tulip tree that is one of the biggest and best in the country.

Agent: Hassett & Fitzsimons (01) 677 3591

The Bailey


For those who like the idea of living in a castle without the hassle that might involve, 14, The Baily is a 150 sqm two-bedroom apartment created from within the original Jameson residence dating from 1895, and incorporating one of its grand living rooms, with fabulous views of Dublin Bay. The apartment is replete with period features including high ceilings, original joinery and beautifully crafted windows, complemented by a modern kitchen, and a pair of terraces. There's a lift in the building, an on-site caretaker and 7.5 acres of landscaped grounds. The shops of Sutton Cross are a five-minute drive away.

Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000

Craigdun Castle


In Craigs near Ballymena, Co Antrim was built in around 1867 and is believed to have been designed by the well-known architect Charles Lanyon, who was responsible for many of Northern Ireland's best known Victorian buildings including Belfast Castle. The architectural style incorporates crow step gables, conical turrets and mock defensive features such as crenulations and arrow slits. Later it was used by the NHS as a respite care home for MS patients, and purchased by the current owners in 2002. It is now a comfortable family home and the historic gardens have been restored.

Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350

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