A stunning 18th century gothic castle with 500 acres of land is being auctioned in Ireland with an expected sale price of somewhere around €5m.
Knockdrin Castle is located in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and would be a wonderful purchase to add to your property portfolio, if you are lucky enough to be shopping in these markets.
The castle is surrounded by 500 acres of rolling parkland which can be left to grow naturally or be divided up into grazing fields for horses, tree planting, flower gardens or anything else the new owner chooses.
The castle is full of beautiful fittings that would have been part of the original design, such as the carved oak staircase, high ceilings and large bay windows.
The castle underwent a renovation
The ground floor of Knockdrin Castle features a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, ballroom and library, so there is plenty of space for all members of the family to relax and wind down.
The space would also be ideally suited to hosting large parties where guests can wander and mingle freely throughout the comfortable setting.
Upstairs there are seven main bedrooms, and a further five secondary sleeping quarters. So there is room to sleep a large number of guests and staff as required.
There is also a local story that Winston Churchill stayed at Knockdrin Castle when visiting Ireland to try and quell the War of Independence.
The rail line between Mullingar and Dublin had been bombed and could not be used, but the British Prime Minister turned up at the station and insisted he needed to get to Dublin.
The local policeman told Churchill it was not possible, to which he replied: “I don’t think you realise who I am.”
The story goes that the policeman wittily replied: “Even if you were the Station Masters son we could not get you on a train to Dublin.”
Below is the YouTube video promoting the sale of Knockdrin Castle. If you would like to know more about the property or the sale then visit sothebysrealty.com.