Golden Vale's Thonogue House
Published 09/09/2011 | 05:00
Georgian residence, gate lodge, 10 stables, outdoor arena, 18 ac of paddocks
Nestled in the heart of the Golden Vale, Thonogue House is a seven bay, two-storey Georgian residence set on 20 acres of prime limestone land in Co Tipperary.
Situated at Roosca, 5km from the town of Cahir and the main Dublin-Cork motorway, the property is ideally located for the equestrian buyer.
It stands in the famous Tipperary Foxhounds country and within boxing distance of numerous other hunts, including the Kilkenny, Limerick, Scarteen and Waterford. Clonmel, Thurles, Mallow and Limerick Junction racecourses are all within a 40-minute drive, as are the famous Coolmore stud and Ballydoyle racing stables.
Owner Elizabeth Kroeger and her daughter Valeska, formerly one of Ireland's top junior event riders, have been breeding and producing both event and race horses at Thonogue for the past four years.
Many of their horses, bred from notable stallions such as Carnival Knight, Un Desperado, Oscar, Flemensfirth and Vinnie Roe, have gone to satisfied customers in England.
During their time at Thonogue, the pair have upgraded the equestrian facilities to include a state-of-the-art 60mx30m outdoor arena with a sand, rubber and fibre surface that cost in the region of €80,000, as well as overhauling the enclosed cut-stone stable yard that contains 10 loose boxes.
The yard also contains a tack room, rug room, hayloft, feed room and other storage sheds. The 20 acres of land has been laid out in five half-acre paddocks, suitable for individual turnout, as well as three larger paddocks of seven acres, six acres and five acres respectively. With free-draining limestone soil, horses can easily be out-wintered on the land, according to Elizabeth.
The mother-and-daughter team have also renovated Thonogue House, creating four spacious bedrooms from six small rooms, and adding two additional bathrooms, as well as completely rewiring and replumbing the property.
The floor area of the Georgian house extends to 226.6 sq m and opens with a large, marble floored hallway, off which is a double-aspect drawing room and a large dining room.
As befits an equestrian property, the welcoming country kitchen includes a four-door Aga and leads to a cosy sitting room with gas stove. A larder, utility room and toilet complete the ground floor. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms (two ensuite) and a large family bathroom.
Standing inside Thonogue's stone entrance pillars is a pretty gate lodge, which has also been renovated and includes a kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. The tree-lined avenue leads to the stone steps of the main house and its secret garden to the side, and continues around to the enclosed stone stable yard.
Thonogue House has an AMV of €1.05m.
Enquiries to Knight Frank on 01 662 3255.