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This Irish castle can be yours - for just €13.5 million

A grand little starter home.

PastedImage-43480 Knockdrin Castle Source: Sotheby's

FANCY OWNING AN 18th century Gothic revival castle? Now is chance.

Nestled on 1,000 acres outside Mullingar in Westmeath, Knockdrin Castle has been placed on the market by Sotheby’s, with a guide price of €13.5 million.

That’s just over $15.9 million for any American investors.  It is the former home of former DCU President Ferdinand Von Prondzynski.

The brochure for the castle says that it is “one of the finest picturesque castellated country houses built in Ireland during the first half of the nineteenth century”.

“It was built by Sir Richard Levinge, 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.

It has seven bedrooms and five full bathrooms across its 19,375 square feet.

It may be a bit cold, as it is BER exempt, but the oil-fired central heating should keep you warm enough.

PastedImage-34961 The carved oak staircase. Source: Sotheby's

Aside from the bedrooms, it features a carved oak staircase, a central glazed doom and an elaborate first-floor gallery.

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Reception rooms on the ground floor include a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, ballroom and library.

The person who drops €13.5 million on the castle will also get a commercial wood and a small lake.

The property is hooked up to water and electrical mains and has a landline telephone. Which makes €13.5 million a bargain, really.

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