Killeavy Castle Estate was purchased by Mick and Robin Boyle in 2013. Killeavy Castle at this time had been derelict for a number of years and was in a state of disrepair and was under threat of collapse. The Estate woodlands and farm was also badly maintained and in need of total reclaiming to ensure that they could be operated as a working farm.
In 2016 the mammoth job of restoring Killeavy Castle and Estate commenced under the remit of Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure cumulating in the restoration works and the development of Killeavy Castle Estate that can now be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come. This restoration project could not have been achieved without the support, help and guidance of Invest NI, First Trust Bank, Newry Mourne and Down District Council and DEARA.
Construction was led by Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure under the direction of local Architects, Pat O’Hagan and Associates and conservation architect Chris McCollum. Local sub-contractors and tradesmen all worked on the project including Dowdall Contracts, ESL and JMG Mechanical to name a few.
The 19th-century Killeavy Castle is the beating heart of our Estate. The Grade A listed building is an architectural gem, having been built to emulate a pre-Victorian style, complete with imposing turrets and Tudor windows.
On taking ownership of the site, our first priority was restoring Killeavy Castle Estate’s former opulence and grandeur. Extensive structural work was conducted, as well as a loving restoration or the interior, complete with authentic period fixtures and fittings.
Our main hotel is housed inside of the Estate’s former Mill and Coach House. Our mission was to preserve the charm of this heritage building, and to bring out its true potential as a modern hotel.
Each of the hotel’s 45 rooms are specially designed to complement the local natural beauty. Panoramic windows offer sweeping views over Killeavy Castle Estate, while our decor and design blend beautifully with the outdoor environment.
At the entrances to the Estate, our multi-purpose Lodges were designed to blend seamlessly with the other buildings on the Estate. With all modern conveniences, it is the perfect luxury self-catering accommodation to enjoy the sights and sounds of the estate.
As one of the leading sustainable tourism initiatives in Northern Ireland, the outdoor space on the Killeavy Castle Estate plays a vital role in our daily mission. When we first arrived at the Estate, it was largely overgrown, and in need of extensive renovation.
Our vision for sustainable tourism at the Killeavy Castle Estate meant that preserving the grounds and their natural beauty was a top priority.
Today, our manicured gardens, working farm and extensive woodland trails are a long way from how we found them only a few years ago. Our working farm on the Estate provides much of the produce which we use in our restaurant, allowing us to ensure that the freshest, most sustainable, and highest quality ingredients are showcased for our guests.