Castle in Northern Ireland set for £10m boutique hotel and spa transformation

Killeavy castle

Killeavy Castle in Northern Ireland is set to be converted into a new boutique hotel and spa, as a £10 transformation project gets underway at the historic property.

The 19th century castle, which was been derelict for around 10 years, was purchased by Mick Boyle in 2013 at auction for £1.2m for the property and its grounds.

Boyle is originally from Northern Ireland but emigrated in Australia as a child and now runs his own construction company there.

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Now the project to transform Killeavy Castle is well underway, with development agency Invest NI supporting the conversion with almost a £1m backing.

The boutique hotel, once completed in late 2018, will feature 42 bedrooms, a wellness centre, with plans also outlining a proposal to create meeting rooms within the Grade-A listed castle as well as outbuildings and a permanent marquee.

Boyle said: “We want to create a distinct visitor attraction that maximises the heritage and beauty of the Killeavy Castle Estate and makes a positive contribution to the local community.

“Progress on the project is well under way and the hotel, spa and wellness centre is on track to be operational by late 2018.”

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