Castle Ellen is an ongoing restoration project, covering both the house and grounds. Michael has dedicated himself to restoring the place to its former state. Progress can be slow, but piece by piece the “Big House” is being continually transformed.
Architectural Features of Castle Ellen:
- Swept Limestone Entrance
- Basement Wine Cellar with Brick-Arched Compartments
- Decorative Plaster Work
- Limestone Floor in the Basement Kitchen
- Wide Variety of Open Fireplaces.
- Tower Castle with Dry Moat dating to 1679
- Livestock Tunnel under Main Avenue
Conservation is very important to Michael Keaney, and coal and oil are never used in Castle Ellen. The Irish language is another subject which is close to his heart, and he hopes that Castle Ellen can be a haven for keeping the language alive.
Outdoor Features of Castle Ellen:
- Tree-lined avenue
- Sunken Rockery
- Two-Acre Walled Garden
- Court Yard (originally built in 1875)
- 70-Foot Water Well with Pony-Driven Reciprocating Pump
- Grass Tennis Courts
It is important to note that Castle Ellen is a non-profit restoration project, which is open to the public at certain times of the year. Any sponsorship towards the cost of restoration would be greatly appreciated. In return, you are most welcome to visit and share the beauty of the house and its surroundings.
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