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Take a look around this stunning Irish castle

Anybody who is fascinated by Irish history – or loves the idea of living in the Irish countryside – might be interested in a Knockabbey Castle.

The beautiful property in Co Louth was put up for sale in 2016 for a cool €1.6m.

Irish castle for sale – for cheaper than you might think

Different parts of Knockabbey Castle have their own individual characteristics as it dates from three distinct eras.

It features styles from the Gothic era, which can be found immediately behind the main hall. It includes a galleried staircase, tiled floors and an ornate stained glass roof light. The family room has oak floors and a stone fireplace.

The Queen Anne section of the castle includes a drawing room and a spacious staircase hall. The drawing room includes a walnut floor, pitch pine columns, and white marble fireplace.

The castle is off the beaten track and is located deep into the countryside. This means there are great views of the stunning gardens in the ample space that surrounds it.

The gardens have undergone a major restoration since 1998. They contain a magnificent array of specimen trees including one of the biggest tulip trees in the country. There is also a stunning and important selection of historical water features.

The third era represented in the style of the castle is Victorian. This can be found in the gardens where there is a Victorian style glass house by the flower garden.

Take a look inside:
Knockabbey Castle

The castle was built as a simple square tower house in 1399 by the Bellew family. The Bellews originally called it Thomastown Castle and it belonged to them for centuries. They enlarged the castle with a with a six bay, three storey Queen Anne extension in 1650.


The O’Reillys gave the castle its current name – Knockabbey Castle and redeveloped the house and grounds.

Miles O’Reilly built a new house on the grounds but it was destroyed by the IRA in 1923 – the O’Reillys rebuilt it two years later.


The O’Reillys owned the castle until 1998. The current owner has spent nearly two decades restoring the house and gardens to their former glory, with the help of a team of experts.

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6 comments

  1. D K LIEBCHEN GREENE M A

    HELLO
    I could be interested in the little castle.
    ARE THE TWO HOUSES ON THE PREMISES INCLUSIVE IN THE PRICE?
    HOW MUCH GROUND BELONGS TO THE CASTLE ?
    WOULD THE OWNER SELL IT TO A PERSON WHO IS AMY GRANDPARENTS WORTH OVER 4 POINT 5 MILLION
    I want to buy a REPLACEMENT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY .
    THE LITTLE CASTLE LOOKS VERY LOVELY .WE LOVE ANIMALS AND WANT AS WELL TO HAVE SOME ANIMALS ON THE GROUNDS AND WE OWN A LITTLE DOG.
    WE DO NOT KNOW YET WEV ARE JUST INQUIRING.THANK YOU.
    sincerely D K LIEBCHEN GREENE M A ,AUTHOR , psychologist and TEACHER FOR YOUNG ADULTS

  2. Michelle Alborough

    Beautiful castle with pristine gardens and breathtaking views. Would move in tomorrow if I could. My heart belongs in Ireland

  3. I would love to live there, finances are just not right, unless there is a single nobleman looking for a single lady!!!

  4. maureen suthetland

    It’s nice an I love castles but I would prefer it in the old style.

  5. Michelle Maria Warne

    My mother’s side of the family came from Ireland. I would love to live there where I could plant lots of flowers. A small countryside cottage (not fancy) would do.

  6. Jaye Lynn (Newman) Kahler

    My family came from Ireland. NEWMAN AND THE McIntire. So I love getting to know Ireland , even though I’m In the USA.

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