Make hay while the sun shines in €1.3m ‘horse heaven’ farmhouse
Published 09/09/2015 | 14:31
Anyone doing battle in the trenches of the Dublin property market had better stop reading right now, for fear that discovering just how much in the way of house and land their money could get them outside of the capital might cause them to despair.
These days €1.3m will get you a reasonable family home on a pocket square of a site in one of the city’s better suburbs, and that’s about it. You might be able to swing a cat, but probably not throw a rugby ball.
Cooliney House in Kilrickle, Co Galway, is located 170km from Dublin, 47km from Galway, and 6km from Lough Ree on the old Dublin road. It’s safe to assume that the property is not going to suit as a principal residence for anyone who has to commute to the capital. Working in Galway might be a possibility, and the drive could just be worth it for the lifestyle possibilities that Cooliney offers.
Approached by a long tree-lined driveway, and built about 200 years ago, the stone-built house is a classic, long and low farmhouse of its time with a total floor area of 840 sqm. It was last refurbished about 40 years ago and both house and lands have been well maintained.
On the ground floor, the entrance hall is bright, with an attractive staircase leading to the first floor, the space filled with light from a large window on the landing. At ground-floor level there are four reception rooms, retaining original period features including ornate plasterwork and marble fireplaces. The kitchen is farmhouse cosy with original stone floor tiles, wooden units and an AGA, which no self-respecting country kitchen should be without. There’s a butler’s pantry, as well as a separate larder, pantry, and utility room — all those luxurious extra rooms that are conducive to a good quality of life.
Upstairs there are five en suite bedrooms, all with fitted or walk-in wardrobes, and a separate bathroom. There is oil-fired central heating throughout.
As charming as the house is, outside is where things get interesting, with potential to use the land and buildings for a wide range of purposes.
Cooliney is a property intended for owners who are serious about matters equestrian. The farm sits on a small estate of about 50 acres, with the fields in grass and well arranged for easy access. The fields are suitably fenced and have extensive road frontage, and the land is described as being limestone and highly fertile, suitable for a number of agricultural purposes. There is a cut-stone courtyard with beautiful stone arches, and a dozen or more loose boxes. It is the very model of horse heaven.
There is a tack room and also a spacious, sand-floored indoor riding arena suitable for schooling, lunging and jumping.
At 36.5 m x 18.2 m it is as big an arena as you would find in many commercial riding schools. An enclosed haggard has a three-bay hay barn, and other outbuildings include a tool shed and fuel store, calf-feeding pens, a cow byre, a poultry house and a calf shed. There is a two-bedroom apartment ideally suited as staff accommodation.
As well as the facilities associated with the keeping of animals, there’s also an attractive walled garden that will be of enormous interest to enthusiastic gardeners. There are established fruit trees, and plenty of potential for more in the way of fruit and vegetable growing.
For those in search of the good life, Cooliney offers the possibility of an alternative income stream, whether from some equestrian-related activity, or small-scale farming with an associated farm diversity business.