Farm spanning 164ac on the market in Cavan was once home to a Breffni family stronghold
Kevit Castle at Crossdoney in Cavan looks more like a large contemporary house than a castle, but it sits on the site of an ancient settlement belonging to the O'Reilly's of Breffni.
The 5,100sqft 1950s architect-designed house with a gate lodge and 164ac of land is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.4m.
Located just outside Cavan town, the property is on the site of a 13th century O'Reilly castle referred to in the Annals of the Four Masters.
It developed in various shapes and sizes over the centuries and, according to records, a residence was built on the site in 1775.
In 1855 a local man, Phillip Smith, who made his fortune building the Pennsylvanian railway, returned to his native soil, bought the site and renamed it Kevit Castle in honour of the O'Reilly clan. He married, had seven children and the Smith family and their descendants have lived at Kevit ever since.
In 1958 the current house was built to the design of a Danish architect named Berthelson. The gate lodge at the entrance was part of the original buildings and dates from around 1800, while the entrance, with its stone piers topped with two stone-carved lions, dates from 1856.
The house is reached by a long avenue leading through parkland dotted with specimen trees. It is a split-level structure and would have been unique in Ireland when it was built in the late 1950s.
A flight of steps leads to the front porch, hall and the ground floor. This floor is home to a drawing room, dining room and a fully-fitted kitchen, the master en-suite bedroom and bathrooms.