This castle currently on the market was originally a Norman Tower House, which dates back to at least 1206. It replaced a Norman motte-and-bailey fortress, and originally it consisted of a tall stone tower that could provide a strong defence in the thirteenth century. In the sixteenth century a long house was added, and in the 18th century Killaghy Castle was expanded again with the construction of two further buildings.
Killaghy Castle was often at the centre of important political events. In 1798 it was the headquarters of the local military garrison, the Compsey Militia under Lieut. Despard. He had acquired it through marriage from the family of a previous owner, Greene, a Cromwellian planter. The Despard family remained at Killaghy until 1860, when the estate was auctioned by the Landed Estates Court and the core part of the estate sold in two divisions with the back wing of the house divided from the front portion. Subsequently repatriated the core estate is again intact and the manor has been open as a country guesthouse since circa 1980.
The property for sale consistes of the original castle and an adjoining later manor house, located on approximately five acres. Further lands available if desired. The estate is situated just 300 yards from the village of Mullinahone, with the estate walls adjoining the village bounds.
The accommodation includes impressive entrance and staircase hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) and two further bathrooms.
A rear wing comprises of sitting room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms (1 en suite) and bathroom.
Two walled gardens adjoin the grounds – one beautifully landscaped with lawn shrubbery and important mature specimen trees.
The castle has been owned by numerous families over the years. The present owners bought the property in 1995. It was their priority to adopt a sensitive approach to the restoration project, ensuring that the Castle retained its historic feel while providing all modern conveniences.
The local area is mainly rural in nature with a nice pastoral outlook and the Slievenamon Mountain providing a pleasant backdrop and walking amenity, yet the new M9 and M8 motorway routes are within easy reach and give great connections to Dublin, Cork and Waterford and the arterial motorway network that now connects Ireland.
To learn more about this castle for sale, please contact Helen Cassidy at Helen Cassidy Auctioneers on 094 95 46868 or 087 2463748. Or visit her website at www.premierpropertiesireland.com.