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7 castles that cost less than a two-bed gaff in Dublin

Who says the capital is overpriced?

1. For less than this two-bed apartment in Donnybrook (€550,000)…

“A range of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants are on the doorstep.”

… you could buy Grantstown Castle in Kilfeacle, Co Tipperary (€535,000)

Comes with its own Great Hall with musicians’ gallery, and they’ve even chucked in three extra cottages as a bonus. An hour and a half from Dublin Airport.

2. For less than this two-bed terraced house in Dublin 8 (€695,000)…

Two beds, one bath.

… you could buy Ballindooley Castle in Galway (€599,000)

Fully refurbished with modern comforts, and the seller is even throwing the furniture in with the deal. As a talking point over dinner, Ballindooley Castle was shelled by the British during the 1916 Rising.

3. For less than this two-bed apartment in Ashtown, Dublin 15 (€170,000)…

With its own car parking space.

… you could buy Ballymaquiff Castle in Ardrahan, Co Galway (€145,000)

Needs work BUT still has its spiral staircase and vaulted ceilings. Incredible views from the battlements. Handy for the railway.

4. For less than this two-bed apartment in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (€975,000)…

“Wonderfully generous proportions and spectacular views”

… you could buy Tower Hill Castle in Glounthane, Co Cork (€950,000)

Five bedrooms, two turrets, wine cellar. Bish bash bosh.

5. For less than this two-bed semi-d in Drumcondra (€275,000)…

“Well served by numerous bus routes.”

… you could buy Sigginstown Castle in Tacumshane, Co Wexford (€250,000)

Looks like the battlements could do with repointing. But, as the description says: “A treasured piece of history… This property would lend itself to re-furbishment”

6. For less than this two-bed semi-d in Dalkey (€795,000)…

“Ideal… for people downsizing that would like to remain in the area.”

… you could buy Castle Leake in Cashel, Co Tipperary (€625,000)

Fifteenth-century Norman castle, converted into an eight-bedroom house. Sadly the battlements were taken off in the 17th century.

7. And for the same price as this two-bed penthouse in the Four Seasons (€900,000)…

… you could buy Smarmore Castle in Ardee, Co Louth (€900,000)

Just the eight bedrooms. Fully refurbished around the old tower, dating back to 1320. Rooms include the Blue Room, the Knight’s Room, the Viscount’s Room and the Count’s Family Suite.

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