Strong international interest expected for one of Ireland's most expensive farms
Ballymacoll Stud near Dunboyne in Co Meath, is to be sold at auction next week.
Set on 294ac, Ballymacoll is a world-renowned equestrian holding and is best known as the birthplace of the legendary National Hunt chaser Arkle.
On the market by private treaty for some time, the property is now to be sold at public auction and can be bought in three lots.
While an exact guide price was not available at the time of going to print, the selling agents hope the sale will realise between €6m and €8m.
The property is situated 7km from Maynooth and 3km from Dunboyne with access onto a quiet country road on two sides of the estate.
Ballymacoll was built by Henry Hamilton towards the end of the 18th Century and over the years had many owners and tenants including the Irish Army who occupied the farm during World War II. In 1946 it was bought by Dorothy Paget who never visited Ballymacoll but actively built its equestrian reputation until her death in 1960.
It was then bought by industrialist and philanthropist Michael Sobell and his son-in-law Sir Arnold Weinstock who paid £250,000 for it.
The stud farm was managed for the Sobell-Weistock partnership by Charlie Rogers who concentrated on breeding from a limited number of top-class mares and targeting the Classics.