Farm Ireland

Friday 28 October 2016

Property on the double with a noted equestrian holding

Two houses are included in the sale of this interesting Limerick property

Jim O'Brien

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

An aerial view of Ballyvolane Stud and farm, Co Limerick which comes with 77ac of fine grazing ground
An aerial view of Ballyvolane Stud and farm, Co Limerick which comes with 77ac of fine grazing ground
The main residence at Ballyvolane Stud, Co Limerick

The horse and hunt country of East Limerick was enjoying Indian Summer conditions last Friday morning when I visited Ballyvolane Stud near Bruff. The 77ac stud farm was bathed in warm mid-morning sunlight and looked its best with its stud rail paddocked fields and fine stands of trees.

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The property includes two dwelling houses, a wide range of equestrian facilities and 77ac of fine Limerick grazing ground. The private treaty sale is guided by selling agents GVM Kilmallock at €850,000.

Located 2.5km from Bruff and 28km from Limerick City, the property has a long and proud equestrian history.

"It is the home of former leading sires including Moscow Society, The Parson and Menelek," said auctioneer Richard Ryan from GVM.

The more modern of the two houses is reached by a short, railed driveway. The 1970s bungalow has been somewhat modernised. There are some fine spacious rooms facing south and looking out over the land to the Galtee Mountains in the distance. The house has a lovely feel to it and while it needs modernisation and upgrading there is plenty to work with.

The farmyard and the second dwelling are located a short distance from the bungalow. The second house is in fact the original farmhouse and while it backs on to a large courtyard it is private with some beautiful trees to the front. This house is a traditional farmhouse and is currently inhabited.

Like the other residence, the walls are adorned with pictures and photographs celebrating its illustrious equestrian past.

The accommodation includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, study, and two bathrooms. This dwelling is quaint and exceedingly comfortable but could do with some modernisation.

Out in the yard is found a wide range of equestrian and farming facilities laid out in two courtyards.

The facilities include a tack room, feed storage, a workshop, 30 loose boxes, three four-bay haybarns with lean-to, a four-horse walker and a lunging ring.


The land for the most part is fine elevated Limerick grazing ground, however one field has some lower land to the rear.

The farm is bounded on one side by the Morning Star River and has decent road frontage on to a country road.

The large fields are serviced by a hardcore roadway running down one side and stud railed all the way to the back of the farm. The fields themselves are divided by traditional hedgerow while the ground is in great heart.

There isn't an abundance of grass, which suits the equestrian nature of the enterprise but the healthy tufts of ungrazed ground leave no doubting its capacity to produce a generous sward.

The property can be bought in lots or as an entire with the bungalow on 8ac along with three loose boxes guided at a base figure of €235,000 while the farmhouse and yards on 69ac is guided at €625,000.

"I think the price is realistic and competitive and I am sure the place will find a buyer or buyers sooner rather than later," said Mr Ryan.

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