North Dublin equestrian centre on market at €1.4m
A purpose-built, modern equestrian centre in Kilsallaghan, Swords, north Dublin is for sale with a €1.4m guide price.
Set out on 14 acres of lands, the Thornton Park Equestrian Centre generates income from two key sources: riding lessons, which are taken by about 400 people each week; and livery or boarding income from the stabling, which can accommodate 58 horses and ponies.
Owner Suzanne Murphy has decided to sell the property as she intends to take up some new challenges.
She hopes that the new owner will share an enthusiasm for introducing people to the joys of horse riding.
"There are many people in Ireland who enjoy horses and quite a few who would like to operate an equestrian centre but they rarely get a chance to buy one which they can operate from the get go because they seldom come to the market," she says.
Joint agents are Sherry FitzGerald and Christies.
As a British Horse Society (BHS) Approved Horse Riding Establishment, Thornton Park has also generated respect within the industry for the calibre of the many people who have qualified as instructors at the centre over the last 25 years.
The main building includes a reception area and coffee area, suitable for viewing the indoor arena, with a safe children's area. There is a lecture room that has fully tiled floor.
Above the reception room, an entertaining area with a gallery overlooks the indoor arena and can accommodate parties and hospitality occasions.
This area is furnished with a fully operational kitchen and toilets are also located at this level.
A three-bedroom bungalow suitable for staff accommodation is also located on the site. Tiled flooring makes it easy to maintain the hall, kitchen, utility area with shower and WC. The bedrooms and living area are carpeted.
The centre's facilities include a small cross-country run, paddocks and parking for 35 cars.
The main stabling is located in four excellent barns suitable for a range of horses. Barn 1 accommodates 15 loose boxes, toilets, tack room, coffee room, and secure tack room. Barn 2 is a pony barn with 12 loose boxes with access to the indoor arena. Barn 3 accommodates 11 loose boxes, an equine solarium and a feed room. Barn 4 has 13 loose boxes, loft storage for straw and hay, and a storage area.
Stabling also includes a private barn with five private loose boxes that can be removed. This barn also has a secure tack room and staff area with kitchen facilities, a lofted area for extra storage and it facilitates staff and their own horses.
The indoor arena extends 1,875 sq m (20,182 sq ft), which can be split into two to facilitate separate classes, and it is floodlit allowing lessons to take place in the evening.
Surrounding the main yard, the outdoor facilities include two sand arenas; a six-bay horse walker; all-weather turn out arena; a grooming area; 35 turn-out paddocks and three paddocks for grazing.