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by Sarah Finnan
10th Jul 2024

Living in Westeros may not be a possibility but this castle in Co. Armagh might just be the next best thing. Featured in the uber-popular Game of Thrones series, the property was used as the location for Riverrun, the ancestral home of House Tully.

Originally built in the mid-1800s, Gosford Castle was originally used to house soldiers during the Second World War. Located on the outskirts of Armagh City, the property is believed to have been built for Archibald Acheson, the second Earl of Gosford, who was a prominent figure in British and Irish politics. 

Designed by renowned architect Thomas Hopper – known for his Gothic Revival style – the castle is a prime example of the Gothic Revival movement that was popular during the 19th century, characterised by its battlements, turrets, and large windows.

At the moment, just one part of the property – Bastian Gate – is on the market. Located within the walls of the prestigious Gosford Castle and on the grounds of Gosford Forest Park, it’s surrounded by nature with highlights including a herd of red deer, an arboretum, a walled garden, two mill ponds, five children’s play parks, many walking and cycle paths and a host of flora and fauna. 

Boating three double bedrooms and an abundance of space to facilitate more, the property has been fully renovated in recent years, with special care and attention taken to maintain the integrity and historical background befitting of this fantastic building.

Spanning three floors, the accommodation comprises the main foyer, a sizeable reception room, a lounge area on the first floor, not one but two kitchens, three bathrooms (one on each floor) and three double bedrooms. Other highlights include gas central heating, private parking facilities, a lift and an entertainment area to the rear of the property. 

The centrepiece of the property, the foyer is an expansive living space with high ceilings and medieval-styled chandeliers. Within, there is a lift which can take you to the remaining floors.

Further inside is the kitchen, a long, galley-style room with tiled flooring and plenty of storage. A small utility area adjoins the kitchen.  A bathroom and canopy area, currently being used as a bedroom, complete the accommodation on this floor. 

At basement level, there is another kitchen/dining room along with two bedrooms and a bathroom. Meanwhile, on the first floor, you’ll find a function room and a third bathroom.

Externally, the property is accessed via two automatic gates. A grand entrance leads up to the front of the property. A lawned garden can be found to the side of the original castle, while to the rear of the property, there are private parking facilities and a recently built entertainment area with stone patio space for a table and chairs. Within the rear garden is a concrete-constructed barbecue and raised stepped balcony leading you to the rear entrance of the property.   

Conveniently located within a 10-minute drive from Armagh City, the property is also within easy access to Newry (15 minutes away), Belfast (50 minutes away) and Dublin (70 minutes away).

Currently on the market for £625,000, you can arrange a private viewing of this historic property through CPS. Otherwise, take a peek inside Catelyn Stark’s (played by Michelle Fairley) ancestral home in our gallery below.

Imagery courtesy CPS.

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