Race out of the stalls to South Tipp
The village of Rosegreen, near Cashel in south Tipperary, is probably best known as being the home of Ballydoyle Stables, the racehorse training centre established by Vincent O'Brien in the 1950s, which has given the racing world such famous horses as Nijinsky and Sadler's Wells.
House-hunters who fancy going into that line of work themselves might be interested in this detached country property in the nearby townland of Railstown, about two-and-a-half kilometres from Rosegreen. It comes with 11 acres of land and two stables - perhaps not quite enough to go into serious competition with Ballydoyle, but it's a start.
The house was built in 2008 but looks much older thanks to stone construction, wooden sash windows, and a pleasant higgledy-piggledy layout.
The specs are ultra-modern though - with solar panels, geothermal heating and a creditable B2 rating.
Any new owner will be glad of that energy efficiency as it's a sizeable house that might cost a fortune to heat otherwise. The floor area is just under 3,500 sq ft on two main floors, and there's also an attic room.
The ground floor sprawls into an L-shape, and has an open-plan kitchen and dining room, drawing room, sun room, play room and a study.
There's also one bedroom on this level, with the other four on the first floor. The master bedroom is triple-aspect and has a cathedral ceiling with oak beams, and an en-suite with a cast-iron bath.
The house is at the end of a long driveway and, as well as the stables, the grounds also include a garage, a ball alley, a limestone patio and a gym. There's a fairy fort on the land too, for Halloween fun.
REA Stokes & Quirke in Clonmel (052) 612 1788 is the agent, and the asking price is €650,000.