Four of a kind for horse lovers: Properties with their own stables
Sunday Independent Property measures up five similar abodes each ideal for horse lovers.
Millpark House, Roscrea, Co Tipperary: €475,000
Approached by a sweeping, tree-lined driveway, Millpark House outside Roscrea is a three-storey-over-basement property with eight bedrooms dating from the 1700s. Millpark was once the home of the Vaughan family of Welsh descent and later, in the 1800s, the land was leased to one Adam Acres.
The current owners bought the property in the early 1960s and since have carried out various upgrades including some wiring, plumbing, roof and floor repairs.
They also installed a new kitchen, which has recently been renovated, yet retains a country feel. Millpark retains many period features including original wooden floors, fireplaces and sash windows.
The eight bedrooms are well-proportioned and the agents suggest that the house could be used either as a family home or for another purpose, subject to planning permission.
With the house come 40 acres of good grassland, with farm buildings and a courtyard to the rear of the property with covered space to house livestock or bloodstock.
The land is all fully fenced and keen equestrians will have the opportunity to hunt with the local Ormond Foxhounds.
Roscrea is an Irish Heritage Town and a fine example of a midlands market town, with a wide main street lined by shops and businesses and several buildings of historic importance. The town has supermarkets, pubs and restaurants and a choice of primary and secondary schools. There is also a leisure centre and swimming pool.
The walking paths of the nearby Golden Grove Forest offer panoramic viewing points, while the Slieve Bloom Mountains are popular with hikers, horse riders, and mountain bikers.
The Roscrea Golf Course, founded in 1892, is one of the finest 18-hole courses in the Midlands and Lough Derg is a 35-minute drive.
Millpark is close to the M7 and a 90-minute drive from Dublin city centre and Dublin Airport.
- Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Wilds of Wicklow: €1.15m
Woodlands in Craffield near Aughrim in Co Wicklow is a lavishly renovated family home on 10 acres suitable for equestrian use. The original cottage dates back to the 1800s, but has been extended significantly to 374 sqm. The setting is private and tranquil, and there are panoramic views over the surrounding countryside from the three-storey house. Eight of the 10 acres are laid out in three stud-railed paddocks and there is a three-bay shed that accommodates four loose boxes with an area for hay and straw.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country (01) 237 6300/ Sherry FitzGerald O'Reilly (0404) 66466
Clip-clop Corrandulla: €295,000
This three-bedroom detached bungalow located at Parce, Corrandulla, 13km from Galway city centre, comes with 10 acres of land, three stables and 24 kennels, so offers plenty of opportunity for earning an income from the property as well as providing a family home in a rural location. The house is set well back from the road and has a southerly aspect.
It is described by the agents as being in good decorative order, with a sitting room, open plan living/dining room, kitchen and separate utility room, as well as three bedrooms, a family bathroom and a home office.
- Agent: O'Donnellan Joyce (091) 564212
Riding at Robin Hill: €595,000
You don't expect to find a farmhouse with stables in Dublin 15, but Robin Hill in Mulhuddart is just that - offering prospective purchasers a taste of the good life close to the capital. The four-bedroom house sits on 2.54 acres in an almost rural setting, with wild rabbits and pheasants on the lawn, bees in the hives, and a stream to boot. Robin Hill is approached via an avenue lined with lime trees. The paddock is fenced with stud railing and there is one large stable and adjacent feed shed. Clonee is 4km away, the city centre is within easy reach and Dublin Airport is a 25-minute drive.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 820 1800