Historic Killeavy Castle and Farm up for sale

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The historic KIlleavy Castle and estate goes on the market next week with offers invited just shy of one million pound – £975,000. The Castle (a grade 1 listed building) is located on the Eastern slopes of Slieve Gullion, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and dates back to 1810. The Castle is for sale with the farm and surrounding estate (as one or multiple lots) which extends to 134 acres and includes a mix of quality farmland on the lower slopes and mature woodland and pasture on the upper slopes. An additional lot of 202 acres of planted timber is also available – it’s currently leased to the Dept of Agriculture to 2112. Director of Best Property Services Garry Best spoke to Newry Times about the estate. “This is truly a rare opportunity to purchase an historic Castle situated to take full advantage of the views of this area of outstanding natural beauty. Owned latterly by the Bell family, but dating back to the early 1800s, the Castle is in need of complete renovation. It consists of approx 4000 sq ft and is a two storey over basement premises. “Planning permission was agreed in January of this year for a reinstated Gatelodge which sits on a building site of 0.65 acres and this can be offered as a separate lot to the farm. Garry continued, “There has been significant local and media interest in the property in recent months and the local community have a huge desire to see the Castle restored to its former glory so it’s certainly going to be a very interesting sale for Best Property Services to be involved in.” The building started life as an elaborate farm lodge with gothic styling built by the Foxall Family between 1810 and 1820 – the Foxall’s were the founders of a private bank in Canal Street Newry. In 1836, the Foxall’s commissioned Dublin Architect George Papworth to build four stone towers to the lodge and a number of outbuildings and add Tudor style windows – the changes earned the property the title of Killeavy Castle. By 1881 the Castle came into the Bell family and remained in the family until the death of Maureen Bell in 2000. The Castle and farm, Building Site and estate lands are for sale as a single lot or multiple lots with a guide price of £975,000 for the entire site. For a full brochure with maps and aerial photography of the lands, please contact Best Property Services, tel 028 3026 6811 or email info@bestpropetyservices.com
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