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Knockdrin Castle is a magnificent example of a Gothic Revival castle, one of the finest castellated country houses built in Ireland during the first half of the 19th century. (LeadingEstates.com)

Irish castle where Winston Churchill regularly stayed on market for €13.5 million

A former holiday retreat of Winston Churchill has gone on the market for €13.5 million. Knockdrin Castle, in Co Westmeath, Ireland is being offered for sale for only the fourth time in its 150-year-plus history.

The 19,375 square foot “castle”, which is technically a Georgian country house, was commissioned in the early 1800s by Sir Richard Levinge and stayed in his family for more than 100 years.

War-time prime minister Churchill was a regular visitor to the house during the Irish War of Independence. His mother, Lady Churchill, who regularly hunted on the estates, said “the foxes are as wild as the locals”.