Survey Data

Reg No

31801007


Date

1800 - 1840


Townland

CASTLETENISON DEMESNE


County

County Roscommon


Coordinates

188192, 312667


Description

Detached U-plan eight-bay two-storey late Gothic Revival castellated former country house with central four-stage tower, built c.1873. Designed by Thomas Newenham Deane, it abuts an earlier revived Gothic house built c.1820. In ruinous condition and undergoing renovation. Replacement pitched slate roof to north-west wing with oversailing eaves, stone coping, cut stone chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Random coursed limestone walls with ashlar walls to earlier rear section. Remains of advanced entrance porch, parapet, gable-fronted entrance with gabled dormers and canted bay to north-west. Pointed-arched, trefoil and square-headed window openings some with hood and label mouldings. Oriel window to side elevation with some tracery windows. Cobbled basement area to north-west side with underground passageway to open sunken track. Three blind-arched openings on western side. House is located on elevated site in mature grounds with rear elevation overlooking Lough Meelagh. Landscaped garden to rear. Limestone arched gateway to demesne to north-east.

Appraisal

Kilronan Castle is an amalgamation of styles from early to late Gothic Revival, reflecting the tastes of the various owners throughout its history. The earlier revived Gothic style section of the house was designed by an unknown architect while the later section was designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. Visually striking on approach, this complex building is embellished by elaborate and intricate features such as the castellated parapet wall and attractive oriel window. The sheer scale and atmosphere combine to make this a captivating house, which is centrally located on the demesne grounds.