After leaving Killeavy in South Armagh over 50 years ago to settle in Australia, Michael and Pauline Boyle have returned home this July to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony of the newly developed four star Killeavy Castle Estate.
The once derelict estate bought by their son Mick and his wife Robin in 2013 has undergone a comprehensive restoration and building programme, creating a world class hospitality destination. Set on 350 acres, the estate has been developed into a luxury country retreat, with the restored 19th century Killeavy Castle as the centrepiece.
New developments of a modern 45 bedroomed hotel, spa, restaurant, bar, walled garden and café and an event space for up to 220 people all complete the picturesque Killeavy Castle Estate.
“South Armagh has always been a special place for Pauline and I and we are so happy to be able to return to open this hotel that will showcase its beauty to the world,” said Michael Boyle Senior. The food and drink offerings are strong on local produce in the hotel’s restaurant, bar and café.
Fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs are picked daily from the walled garden, or foraged from the onsite woodlands. Estate-reared Cheviot lamb and Longhorn beef are also regularly part of the offerings. “I believe good food is all about combining fresh natural flavours and produce in an imaginative way, and that’s what we offer here every day,” said Executive Chef Darragh Dooley.
“We want all our guests to get closer to what’s important to them, be this food, nature, history or total relaxation,” said General Manager Jason Foody.
“As well as being a luxury rural retreat, Killeavy Castle Estate is also an ideal for venue for corporate events with a range of meeting and reception spaces.”