Thursday 19 October 2017

On doorstep of the Curragh

Paul Brazil-designed family home perfect for lovers of horses

Foxwood in Brackrath was built in 2010
Foxwood in Brackrath was built in 2010
The open fireplace in the inner hall
The inner hall has smoked oak flooring
The drawing room with a limestone fireplace
The outdoor terrace leads to the landscaped gardens
The fitted kitchen has an island unit with extra storage

Alison Gill

When Prince Charles and Camilla paid a visit to Kildare last month, they went their separate ways - the Duchess to the National Stud at the Curragh and the Prince to the Curragh Army Camp. So vast is the Curragh, that both royals were kept busy on the 4,500 acres of common land.

Charles was the first member of the royal family to visit the army base since it was handed over to the Irish state in 1922. Here, he walked in the footsteps of his great-great grandfather, King Edward VII, who trained at the camp in 1861.

Over at the ranch, Camilla was in her element meeting the retired legends of the horse racing world like Beef or Salmon, Hurricane Fly and Invincible Spirit. So successful was the trip that as she left she proclaimed: "I'm coming back here every year until I drop."

So if she was in the market for a house on Irish soil, close to the stud, and fit for royalty, Foxwood in Blackrath would be ideal. On the market with a guide of €1.5m, the house has views over the Curragh plains and local stud farms and would make a dream home for a horsey family.

The drawing room with a limestone fireplace
The drawing room with a limestone fireplace

The house was built in 2010, under the watchful eye of architect Paul Brazil. It has a floor area of 3,945 sq ft and sits on 4.5 acres.

A tree-lined avenue takes you up to the front of the house where there is parking for several cars.

The outer hall has a limestone floor and double-height ceiling, while the inner hall has smoked oak flooring, Seabury timber panelling, an open fireplace and a 9ft ceiling.

To the left of the hall is a utility room that steps down into the kitchen. This bright room has an 11ft ceiling, Seabury bespoke units with Silstone worktops, an electric Aga, Miele appliances, a Neff dishwasher and an island with extra storage.

Recessed sliding doors take you through to the drawing room, with its limestone fireplace and French doors that lead out to a terrace. Another set of sliding doors allow the rooms to flow as you enter the dining room with an open fireplace and access to the outdoor terrace. These rooms would really lend themselves to entertaining as the whole back of the property can be opened up and also out to the gardens.

There is a library at the front of the house, to the right of the hall, that has an oak floor, open fireplace and hand-painted bookshelves. This would make an ideal home office or could be used as a TV room for teenagers. It also has doors out to a patio area.

The outdoor terrace leads to the landscaped gardens
The outdoor terrace leads to the landscaped gardens

A cloakroom, guest WC and back hall with boot storage complete the accommodation on the ground floor.

At the top of the stairs is the landing with a bright atrium with enough room for a sofa and computer desk. The master bedroom is to the left with a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite bathroom with Carrera marble shower and underfloor heating. Double doors take you out to a balcony where you can enjoy views over the Curragh.

There are three more bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms. You won't have to worry about dragging the washing up and down the stairs either, because there is a laundry room just off the landing with a Miele washing machine and dryer, a sink, shelving for linen storage and an ironing board.

The house and gardens are in great condition, with landscaped lawns framing the property. There is a beech gravelled driveway, herbaceous borders and flower beds, and a raised lavender bed on the terrace. There is a post and railed paddock that offers good shelter and is ideal for stables because of the easy access to the plains. There is also a tennis court.

A detached studio with a floor area of 1,400 sq ft provides an opportunity to add to the already ample accommodation. It could be used as a guest apartment, a games room, home office or even gym. It is fitted with Marvin windows so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of the house.

The Curragh is on your doorstep and is not just for horses, but also very popular with runners and walkers.

The fitted kitchen has an island unit with extra storage
The fitted kitchen has an island unit with extra storage

For horse racing enthusiasts, The Curragh isn't the only racecourse close by, as Punchestown and Naas can both be reached in about 20 minutes.

It's a good spot for golfers too with The Royal Curragh Golf Club on your doorstep and the K-Club, Naas Golf Club and Rathsallagh Golf Club all only a short drive away.

Foxwood in Blackrath, Curragh, Co Kildare is on the market with a guide price of €1.5m through joint agents Savills Country (01) 6634350 and Jordan Town & Country (045) 433550.

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