Friday 24 November 2017

Take four - Stately homes: Scottish Baronial Castle

Where: Castle Oliver, Limerick

Castle Oliver, Limerick is on the market for €2.95m
Castle Oliver, Limerick is on the market for €2.95m
Castle Leake, Tipperary
Baldwinstown Castle, Wexford
Knockabbey Castle, Ardee

Settled in 1658 by one of Cromwell's soldiers, Castle Oliver is located 47km from Limerick city and 70km from Shannon Airport.

It has myriad reception rooms including a formal hall, library, billiard room, drawing room, dining room, ballroom, pantry, kitchen, offices and Ireland's largest private wine cellar with room for 55,000 bottles.

On the first floor and mezzanine are 14 bedrooms, 12 being en-suite, the largest of which measures 800 sq ft. A further nine rooms, some in need of refurbishment, are on the second floor along with a sewing room and nursery. Much of the restoration work has been carried out since 2006.

Elsewhere there are servants' quarters, laundry, a groom's house, stables, a battlement turret and an outdoor hot tub. All furnishings are included in the sale.

Enquiries to: Savills (01) 6634306 or Ganly Walters (01) 6623255.

What: 15th century Norman castle

Where: Castle Leake, Co Tipperary

Built in the 1400s and extended in 2005, Castle Leake is an eight bedroom family home over three floors. It has retained many original features including exposed stone walls and a tower window. At 6,005 sq ft, it houses a vault, library, dining room, kitchen, study, boot room, sewing room and a 'secret' room along with eight bedrooms, five of which are en-suite.

There is a two-bedroom gate lodge at the rear which comes to 916 sq ft in size, and a ruin, previously used as a distillery which could be refurbished. The property is set in two acres of gardens with direct access to the River Suir. Castle Leake is 5km from Cashel and 2km from the M8 motorway.

Rockwell College is 10 minutes away and Glenstal Abbey 45 minutes.

Enquiries to: CCM Property Network (025) 41129.

There is a two-bedroom gate lodge at the rear which comes to 916 sq ft in size, and a ruin, previously used as a distillery which could be refurbished. The property is set in two acres of gardens with direct access to the River Suir. Castle Leake is 5km from Cashel and 2km from the M8 motorway.

Rockwell College is 10 minutes away and Glenstal Abbey 45 minutes.

Enquiries to: CCM Property Network (025) 41129.

What: Five bedroom period home with Norman Castle ruin

Where: Baldwinstown Castle, Wexford

Built in 1195 until the Keating family was dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell in 1649, Baldwinstown passed into the hands of the Staffords where it remained.

The original castle is in ruins, but the family home on the grounds is in good order.

There is 3,552 sq ft of space over two floors with a sitting room, drawing room, dining room and conservatory downstairs along with the kitchen. Upstairs there are five bedrooms, two ensuite, and a main bathroom housing a sauna. There is also an annexed one-bedroom apartment and sitting room c. 540 sq ft.

Set in 16 acres of parkland, the property includes a lake stocked with carp, an orchard, outbuildings, paddocks and stables.

Waterford airport is 52km away while Rosslare seaport is 20km.

Enquiries to: Shelley & Purcell (051) 649992.

What: Eight-bedroom castle on 30 acres

Where: Knockabbey Castle, Co Louth

Few castles come with their own museum and interpretive centre, but Knockabbey would suit someone who wishes to run a stately home with a commercial eye.

With Gothic, Queen Anne and even Thai influences, this eight bedroom castle comes with a bar, dining room, reception hall, billiard room, tack room, library, various reception rooms and the original 1860s kitchen.

There is a Victorian Tea House, Fernhouse, greenhouses and octagonal gazebo in the formal gardens which extend to 30 acres.

There is also a two bedroom gate house built in 2002 and staff apartment. The car park has space for 30 cars and three buses.

The property is located 9km north of Ardee with Dundalk and Drogheda 20km away.

Enquiries to: Hassett & Fitzsimons (01) 677 3591, Coldwell Banker Estates (01) 411 0012.

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