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Head turner ideal for all equestrian operations

Add to rich breeding history of ready-to-go Co Wicklow farm

Jim O'Brien

Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00

This two-storey, three-bedroom house is in excellent condition throughout, with accommodation extending to 2,000sqft
This two-storey, three-bedroom house is in excellent condition throughout, with accommodation extending to 2,000sqft

There is no doubt that equestrian properties are becoming plentiful on the market. While this is leading to a certain familiarity, there is always a place that will turn your head.

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A superb equestrian farm at Killoughter, Ashford, Co Wicklow, is one such property. Comprising a two-storey farm house on 160ac and extensive horse facilities, it is a beautiful place for man or beast.

Killoughter is close to the N11 and the village of Ashford, with outstanding views to the sea.

The farm was established by Sir Chester Beatty in the 1950s and is currently used for sales preparation, pre-training, breeze-ups and foaling. Many important winners on the Flat have been bred at this farm.

Approached via a tree-lined avenue, the house and yards are located at the heart of the farm. The compact, traditional, two-storey farmhouse is in excellent condition throughout. At 2,000sqft, accommodation includes a kitchen, dining room, family room, drawing room and a ground-floor toilet. There are also three bedrooms, one en-suite, a bathroom and toilet.

In the yard, a former out-office has been converted into an attractive one-bedroom apartment, comprising a sitting room with kitchenette and a bathroom.

The lands are in several divisions, all in permanent pasture, with around 140ac being of excellent quality. Around 20ac are described as low-lying. A portion of the lands has post-and-rail fencing, while there is a lot of good, natural thorn hedging with mature timber throughout. Water is provided to each of the fields and there is good road frontage for the farm.

The well-designed and well-laid out yard has everything the equestrian buyer would want, including 70 boxes, a range of stone buildings, two automatic walkers, three all-weather gallops, a two-unit horse spa, a lunging ring and a four-furlong sand and fibre gallop. CCTV cameras for foaling, and stocks, feed and veterinary rooms complete the outstanding facilities.

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The yard also has a traditional loft and store, with limestone walls, pitched pine floors and ceilings. The entire is all under concrete with lighting.

According to Paddy Jordan, of Jordan Estate Agents, the property is ideal for breeding, racing, showjumping and eventing.

The holding is for auction at Glenview House, Delgany, on Tuesday, October 19 with a guide price of €2.5m.

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