Video: Massive estate totalling 1,140 acres to be sold with castle in Westmeath
A massive area of land totalling well over 1000 acres is to be sold in Westmeath as part of the picturesque Konckdrin Castle estate.
In all some 1,140 acres (460 hectares) comprising some: 600 acres (243 hectares) in arable lands; 415 acres (168 hectares) in woodland; 95 acres (38.4 hectares) in lake(s); and the balance comprising the gardens and farmstead.
Knockdrin Castle has been described as is one of the finest picturesque castellated country houses built in Ireland during the first half of the nineteenth century.
The property which has been listed by Sotheby's International Realty is being guided at €13.5m
The castle was built by Sir Richard Levinge (1785-1848), who first commissioned Sir Richard Morrison to design a new Gothic Revival style castle residence circa 1810.
However, attractive undulating topography throughout the estate is also a key highlight and includes belts of highly productive arable lands along with commercial woodland and a small lake (Lough Drin).
The core estate demesne extending to over 1,000 acres is intact, relatively unique in an Irish context, with the castle privately and centrally positioned within the lands and enjoying uninterrupted views over estate lands to the distant hills beyond.
A most striking feature at Knockdrin Castle is the top-lit staircase made of carved oak, like the doors throughout the castle. An abundance of natural light provided by a central glazed dome.
The elaborate first floor gallery is decorated with fluted shafts and a sequence of ogee-headed niches around the walls. Reception rooms on the ground floor include a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, ballroom and library.
The accommodation within the castle extends to some 19,375 square feet and provides 7 bedrooms, including the Crown Bedroom where British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill stayed during the War of Independence (his parents being regular hunting visitors to the estate). 4 estate lodges complete the accommodation.
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