An Historic Estate surrounded by c. 164 acres of superb lands in the heart of the spectacular Cavan countryside.
Kevit Castle is entered via a most impressive entrance flanked by two large carved stone lions on top of piers etched with the date 1856. A long avenue meanders up through the parkland dotted with magnificent trees to the front of the house. The house is nestled within the gardens and trees in a very private and tranquil setting. The unique split level residence was designed by the Danish architect, Mr B. Berthelson in the late 1950's and was very modern for its time in Ireland. The house is entered via a flight of steps into a porch and to the hall on the ground floor. The rooms on this level are of good proportions and are light filled with numerous picture windows to enjoy the gardens and the views. Of particular note is an exquisite Connemara marble fireplace in the Drawing Room. The Dining Room hosts an adapted Kilkenny marble fireplace with a fine Jotul wood burning stove, together with an antique herringbone parquet flooring believed to date from at least 1850. A fully fitted modern country Kitchen adjoins the Dining Room. The Master Bedroom suite along with Dressing Room and Bathrooms
are also on this floor.
Upstairs are three Bedrooms (one having its own Sitting Room area - capable of providing an additional bedroom) and a Family Bathroom. The lower ground floor contains a very large garage and various useful rooms which lead to the upper floors (one of Mr B Berthelson's most prided features). Recent upgrades to the house include new bespoke kitchen & utility, bathrooms, a zoned oil fired central heating system and a new septic tank, together with external and internal painting. The residence has also been fitted with new and sophisticated burglar and fire alarm system, complete with cameras and monitoring services.
The very pretty Gate Lodge was built in c. 1800 (in need of refurbishment). Its bow front which was added in 1856 is believed to reflect the house it once served. It retains many historic features of interest such as the scallop shaped slated roof and profiled window surrounds. The Lodge was extended in 1970 to make a three bedroom residence. The Lodge and gated entrance form an attractive roadside composition which makes an eye catching addition to the surrounding rural landscape.
The excellent quality lands at Kevit are in one large block currently laid out in grass. Off a network of internal laneways are large manageable fields with good shelter, bound by mature trees and hedging. There is piped water throughout most of the lands. The farmyard contains a derelict cut stone yard and a 2 x span sheds & lean to. This farm would make an excellent beef, dry-stock or dairy farm.
The County of Cavan is of great beauty with spectacular countryside of rolling hills and breathtaking scenery. The wildlife and wetland environment of County Cavan’s loughs is nationally and internationally recognised. The town of Cavan is a ten minute drive and has all the amenities that you expect from a large town to include a number of progressive schools & colleges. Cavan town expanded rapidly since the turn of the century with extensive urban regeneration and suburban expansion. It is the main economic hub of the central part of Ireland and has an extensive range of financial services, legal, medical,industrial and retail enterprises.
There are a number of local villages near Kevit to suit daily needs and with primary schools. A short drive finds The Farnham Estate Spa and Gold Resort, a luxury hotel leisure complex and 18 hole Jeff Howes designed Golf Course under the Radisson SAS international Hotel group. There is also the Cavan Golf Club course for the golf enthusiast within a five mile drive towards Cavan town. Dublin city centre and Dublin Airport are just over an hour’s drive.
Group Water scheme (4 separate meters for lands and houses) together with an Artesian well, a zoned Oil Fired Central Heating system, Burglar & Fire alarm system (with cameras and remote monitoring) ESB and Septic Tank.
The original Kevit Castle, referred to in the Annals of the Four Masters as Castle Cosby, is now a ruin, although part of the old house had been a castle (and was one of the O’Reilly’s of Breffni castles from the 13th century). It was on these walls a newer house with two round extensions at the entrance door was built in 1775. Phillip Smith originally from Cavan had made his fortune in the construction of the Pennsylvanian railway. In 1855 he returned
home to his native land bought the castle and lands and promptly returned the property back to original O’Reilly name Kevit Castle. He married and reared seven children. Various members of the Smith family have lived there ever since. The current house was built in 1958 and designed by the renowned Danish architect Mr B Berthelson. The Gate Lodge at the entrance gates is original and dates from c. 1800.
BER: F BER No.108647991 Energy Performance Indicator:388.85 kWh/m²/yr
From the N3 approaching Cavan at the roundabout take a left signed, Ballinagh, Granard, Killashandra. Follow the signs to Ballinagh. In Ballinagh take a right signed Killeshandra, Crossdoney. Continue to Crossdoney in to the centre of the village, take a right signposted Cavan. Then take first right (after the old creamery) which is also on the right and continue on this road for 0.7km and the splayed pillared entrance gates and Gate Lodge for Kevit Castle are on your left.
GPS of entrance gate is: 53.955, - 7.4218
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