Thursday 21 September 2017

Jockey for position in Gilltown

Gilltown, Kilcullen €430k

This detached bungalow measures 1,765 sq ft
This detached bungalow measures 1,765 sq ft
The fitted kitchen with granite countertops

You'd think a jockey would want to get away from the day job during his time off, and get as far from the gee-gees as possible.

Not so the Irish Flat racing champ Fran Berry, who lived at Gilltown, near Kilcullen in Co Kildare, before his move to Hampshire last year.

His home was across the road from the entrance to Gilltown Stud, owned by the Aga Khan, the breeder who most famously gave the world Shergar (and there's a life-size bronze statue of the kidnapped racehorse there).

Berry repatriated to England to become stable jockey for celebrated trainer Ralph Beckett, and his former home is now on the market for €430,000.

The fitted kitchen with granite countertops
The fitted kitchen with granite countertops

It's a simple enough detached bungalow measuring 1,765 sq ft, but it's quite lavishly fitted out inside - especially the kitchen, where there are granite countertops, integrated appliances and a Rangemaster cooker.

The kitchen measures almost 30ft by 11ft and there are French doors in the dining area leading to a deck in the back garden.

The other main living room is a dual-aspect lounge with a bay window and a cast-iron open fireplace with ornate tiling.

The house has four bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, including the master bedroom, which also has a walk-in wardrobe. The master bathroom has a jacuzzi bath and a steam shower.

The property is on three-quarters of an acre with lawns and hedging and some specimen trees. The back garden, where there's a railed deck, faces south.

It's about five minutes' drive from Kilcullen and from the M9 motorway (Junction 2), which means you can get from there to Dublin in about 45 minutes by car.

The agent is Dowling Property in Kilcullen (045) 482 189 and the asking price is €430,000.

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