Vale of plenty a short hop from the capital
Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30
I picked the finest day we've had since the Indian Summer of late 2015 to walk Farmersvale Stables near Kill in Co Kildare, just off the N7.
Paul Doyle of JP & M Doyle was at the Blackchurch Inn to lead me to the 32ac residential stud farm, for sale by private treaty at €790,000.
"It had a price tag of over a million at one point," Mr Doyle said, "but the market dictates."
Located just off the N7 close to the Steelstown Interchange (Exit 5) Farmersvale Stables is situated within 12km of Dublin City Centre, close to the villages of Kill and Rathcoole and within easy access of Naas, Punchestown and the Curragh racecourses.
The farm shares an entrance with the current owners who have a large house on a separate folio adjacent to the property but once a sale is concluded the present entrance will be for the sole use of the new owner.
The neatly hedged avenue leads to the bungalow residence that was once the manager's quarters. Immediately behind the dwelling are some of the finest equestrian facilities in the country.
The house is a modest neat three-bedroom bungalow with a kitchen/dining area, a sitting room, a bathroom and a sunroom/porch that looks out over the yard and on to the land.
On the day I visited the house was bright and welcoming and flooded with sunlight but while it is perfectly habitable it will need some upgrading.
The equestrian facilities are everything a working equine farm would need. The stables and facilities are laid out in an L shaped formation around an exercise area.
The 17 loose boxes are top of the range and in spotless condition while other facilities include a fully equipped tack room, a feed store and an office.
A one-bedroom staff flat, a canteen and an office are located near the yard. Further equestrian facilities include a six-unit automatic horse walker and, the pièce de résistance, a massive, modern, indoor sand arena specially designed and built for show jumping training.
The land is laid out in five post and railed paddocks one located to the front of the property while the other four rise in elevation away from the back of the house and yard. The land is self-draining and firm under foot.
"This place is managed and maintained to the highest standards," says Paul Doyle. "It's as sweet a stud farm as you are likely to see."
One would have to agree; to find a place like this within a few minutes of Dublin is remarkable.
"It is priced to sell and I expect it to sell," he said and he anticipates the likely buyer will be someone intending to use the place as a private stud farm.
"The property has all that is required in an equestrian facility," said Mr Doyle. "Given its proximity to race courses and other well known equestrian centres it would be ideal for somebody with a modest training operation in mind."