Markree Castle Sold, Will Undergo €5M Renovation
Markree Castle, a Victorian Gothic Revival castle in Co. Sligo, has been sold for an undisclosed sum, and will undergo extensive renovations.
The property, which was on the market for €3.12 million, was bought by Luxury Manor House Hotels, according to the Irish Independent. Manor House Hotels is member-owned non-profit organisation, established in 1986 to market small independent luxury and family run Irish properties overseas. The four Corscadden family-owned castles are all members of Manor House Hotels.
Luxury Manor House Hotels will spend €5 million restoring the castle, which will be carried out over three years in three phases. The first phase will see the public areas and a large portion of the 30 bedrooms improved. The castle will be closed until March 2016.
The Markree Castle came into possession of the Cooper family in the mid-17th century, and has been owned by them ever since. It is situated on 225 acres of parkland in Collooney, Co. Sligo.
The Corscadden family currently own three castles operating as hotels in Ireland; Cara Castle in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Bellingham Castle in Castlebellingham, Co Louth, and Ballyseede Castle in Tralee, Co Kerry.