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12 bedroom castle for sale

Ireland - Mullingar, Westmeath

£10,789,440* €12,000,000

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KNOCKDRIN CASTLE, MULLINGAR, COUNTY WESTMEATH, IRELAND

A splendid eighteenth century Gothic Revival Castle majestically positioned within a rolling parkland estate of over 1,000 acres.

Knockdrin Castle is one of the finest picturesque castellated country houses built in Ireland during the first half of the nineteenth century. 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, neither of Morrison's two designs were built and the built design is attributed to James Shiel, assistant to Francis Johnston, one of Ireland's best known architects, and a noted exponent of this idiom of architecture. Elements of the front façade do appear to have been influenced by the Morrison designs.

The castle is noteworthy as one of the leading examples of the transition from Classicism to Gothic, when the latter was still a style and not yet an ideology and the former classical principles very much survive beneath a veneer of ornamentation. Knockdrin's late-mediaeval trappings are lightly worn and the castle is in essence a classical Georgian country house in Gothic dress. Possessing none of the heaviness customarily associated with the Gothic Revival Movement and benefiting from large windows, the principal reception rooms facing south, the accommodation is elegant and bright.

A most striking feature at Knockdrin 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 principal bedrooms [12 in total], 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.

The picturesque is also celebrated beyond the castle with an attractive undulating topography throughout the estate, which 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.

BER EXEMPT (Building Energy Rating)

Services include mains water, mains electricity, landline telephone, septic tank, foul drainage, oil fired central heating [radiators, boiler upgraded 2012]

In all some 1,000 acres [405 hectares] comprising some: 500 acres [202 hectares] in arable lands; 400 acres [162 hectares] in woodland; and the balance of circa 100 acres (40.4 hectares) comprising lake(s) and the gardens and farmstead.

Dublin city centre 52 miles or 84 kilometres. Driving time of 60 minutes. Mullingar town 5 miles or 8 km. M4 motorway intersection 1.1 miles or 1.8 km. 5 minutes driving time. Crookedwood village 2.2 miles or 3.6 km Dublin International airport 56 miles or 91 kilometres. Driving time of 60 minutes via M4 and M50 motorway

Eircode N91 AOK7 [Property Specific Code]

GPS location 53.567419, -7.323021

Selling Agent David Ashmore [PSRA Licence 003640]

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Nearest Airports*

  • Dublin (INTERNATIONAL), 44.9 miles
  • Knock (INTERNATIONAL), 66.1 miles
  • Galway (INTERNATIONAL), 68 miles
  • Sligo (LOCAL), 73.4 miles
  • Shannon (INTERNATIONAL), 87.4 miles

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