Thursday 29 September 2016

Equestrian haven in east Galway

Jim O'Brien

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

Cooliney is a 50ac estate with restored period residence located near Kilreekil, close to the Dublin/Galway motorway.
Cooliney is a 50ac estate with restored period residence located near Kilreekil, close to the Dublin/Galway motorway.
The equestrian facilities include an extensive indoor arena.
Stables and yard at Cooliney, Co Galway

Cooliney at Kilreekil in Co Galway is a beautiful small estate set on 50ac. The residence is five-bedroom period house in excellent condition with a lovely stone built yard, an indoor sand arena and a self-contained apartment. The property is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.3m.

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Kilreekil is located on the old N6 between Ballinasloe and Loughrea and anyone familiar with the Dublin to Galway trip before the days of the motorways will know the village well. Cooliney is 1.5km from Kilreekil, 15 minutes from Junction 15 on the M6 coming from Dublin and 10 minutes from Galway via exit 16.

The property is reached by 1km tree-lined avenue leading to the long two-storey house standing on a site that was first built on 200 years ago. The residence is a grand country house with all the feel and intimacy of a comfortable family home. It is a spacious structure replete with high ceilings, ornate plasterwork, woodwork and marble fireplaces.

The accommodation includes an entrance hallway, a cloakroom, a drawing room, dining room, study, playroom, a snooker room, a fully fitted kitchen complete with an Aga, a butler's pantry and a utility room. The first floor is home to five ensuite bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Just behind the house is a fine traditional stone-built courtyard.

The yard has an array of stabling and equestrian facilities including 15 loose boxes, a tack room, a farm office and overhead lofting. Adjacent to the yard is a fine indoor sand arena measuring 120' X 60'.

A two-bedroom self-contained apartment completes the package in this section of the estate.

One of the most attractive features of the property is the wonderful walled garden in full use and well stocked with fruit and vegetables.

The lands extend to c.50 acres of fertile limestone ground set out in easily managed, well fenced divisions with extensive road frontage.

The house is for sale with all the fixtures and fittings, aside from the chandeliers, but their inclusion is negotiable. Services include oil-fired central heating, a private water supply, septic tank, electricity and telephone.

Andrew Young of selling agents Goff's Country says this is lovely small equestrian holding located close to one of the major national motorways and adds that it would be particularly suitable for keeping hunters or brood mares.

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