Situated amidst majestic trees in the tranquil countryside on the County Meath and Cavan border, M13517 commands magnificent views of Lough Sheelin, a 4500 acre lake famous for it’s brown trout and liberally stocked perch and large pike.
The secluded setting and spacious, comfortable accommodation offer the visitor an exclusive retreat. The perfect situation to relax and unwind, away from the stresses and strains of modern city life, or as a venue for a private party or function.
The castle can be entered through a gateway to an inner courtyard and lawn, surrounded by a stone wall and trees. On the ground floor is a large entrance hall connecting the tower and sitting room. This large room, with a lovely open fireplace, has wide French Windows, giving a beautiful view across the lake.
One double bedroom, en-suite, has private access to the terrace and there are two other double rooms and a bathroom. In the tower there are two double, en- suite rooms, a spacious sitting room with fireplace. The accommodation is furnished throughout with antiques of excellent taste.
At night you could have the chance to see Myles O’Reilly, known as the Slasher, who stayed in the castle the day before he went into battle. It is thought that he is still haunting the castle to this day. There are supposed to be other ghosts, like Savannah, who is known to have died of a broken heart.
The Building of the stronghold to be known as the M13517was begun by Richard Nugent, 12th Baron of Delvin, in the year 1533. The tower was completed by him in 1537. The great hall and further extensions were finished by his grandson and successor, Richard, the 13th Baron, by 1539.
The castle later fell into disrepair and was restored in 1864 by Anna Maria O’Reilly, a lineal descendant of Myles O’Reilly.
Lough Sheelin provide many a fine opportunity for some coarse and game fishing, this is an anglers paradise with a multitude of rivers and lakes. Boat Hire is widely available.
There are lovely walks in the surrounding countryside, including Mullaghmeen Forest Park.
Guests are invited to use the facilities of neighbouring Ross House, which is under related management, including fishing, boating, riding, cross-country, tennis and shooting.
Other activities would include bird watching, carting, cinema, bowling, cruising, cycling, flying, greyhound racing, golf, horse racing, sailing and swimming. All within about 30 mile radius.
Nearby attractions and activities:
Sites withing 15 miles of the castle include: Oldcastle - where some of the battle of the Boyne was fought, Loughcrew Cairns and Gardens, Cavan County Museum, Tullynally Castle and Gardens, Fore Abbey. Interesting Sites which are slightly further would include Cavan Crystal, Kells High Cross, Hill of Tara, Hill of Slane, Newgrange, Belvedere House, Tullamore Dew, The Viking Ship, Beleek Pottery and Clonmacnoise.
100 km west of Dublin
Credit Card is taken at booking time, but no charges will made with cancellation four weeks before arrival. At two weeks before arrival 50% of accommodation charges and 100% thereafter will be taken of the credit card. If we are able to rent out the room no charges will be made. No minimum stay. Smoking in rooms is possible. Children Welcome.
Price reduction with stays of 3 nights or more.
Check in: 3 o’clock
Check out: 12 o’clock
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