Location: Meigh, Newry

Killeavy Castle is a Grade A listed building, designed in 1836 for the Foxall family to transform an early Georgian farmhouse. Described as a “sugar plum Gothick Castle” this is a very fine example of a pre-Victorian mock Tudoresque Castle. One of only a handful of Grade A listed buildings in Northern Ireland, by 2015 it was in such poor condition that access was not possible due to the risk of collapse.

The Castle and its Estate was bought by Mick and Robin Boyle and after a four-year restoration project has recently opened as a boutique hotel with the Castle at the centre of a working Estate and with a 45-bed hotel located within and extended from the original farm complex.

The Practice was appointed Conservation Consultant for the project, working to the lead Architects, Pat OHagan Architects, Newry. We prepared detailed condition reports on the castle and farm complex and a conservation Plan on the Castle. During the design and post contract stage the Practice provided a full professional service in preparing detailed conservation drawings and then overseeing the restoration of the Castle. The very poor condition of the Castle meant that this was a complex project, but conservation was always a priority for the Design Team and the new Owners.

The Estate opened for business in April 2019.