Co Antrim Castle on sale for €1m
A castle in Co Antrim that was once owned by Unionist MP Ronald McNeill is up for sale with an asking price of €1m ($1.1m).
McNeill is famous for having ‘thrown the book’ at Winston Churchill in 1912. He was said to be unhappy at the attitude of the future British Prime Minister during a Home Rule debate and so threw a book of standing orders right at Churchill’s head.
The estate had been in McNeill’s family for hundreds of years and Craigdun Castle was built in the 1860s. It is believed to have been designed by one of the most famous architects of the day – Charles Lanyon – although there is no conclusive proof.
Craigdun Castle is surrounded by over 10 acres of land with gardens, woodlands and courtyard buildings.
There has been significant refurbishment work done on the castle over the last 10 years and it is now a modern family home. It has eight main bedrooms and elegant reception rooms.
However, there is still refurbishment work to be done on the upper floors.
The reception rooms include original features such as sash windows with shutters, corniced ceilings with ornate decorative plaster features, marble fireplaces and wood panelled walls.
The grounds include walled gardens and ornamental gardens, which have been recently used for marquee events such as weddings.
It is 32 miles from Belfast, 35 miles from George Best Belfast City Airport and 20 miles from Belfast International Airport.
Other nearby areas of interest include the famous Giant’s Causeway which is 27 miles away and Lough Neagh (17 miles).
Craigdun Castle is being sold by Savills
Take a look at the pictures of the inside of the castle and the grounds: