Farm Ireland

Friday 15 December 2017

€600,000 for 40ac in Meath

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Knockrath Stud at Ballinlough, Kells, Co Meath, set on 40ac and centred around a handsome Georgian House built in 1835, sold after auction recently for close to the guide price of €600,000.

Located 12km from Kells and 8km from Oldcastle, Knockrath is a well-known stud standing two stallions and with an excellent record for producing and preparing sport horses.

The classic two-storey house has remained unchanged for almost two centuries. The accommodation on the ground floor includes an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a study, a morning room and a dining room.

On the first floor are four bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite and a bathroom. The basement includes the kitchen, a living room, staff bedroom, sitting room, utility room, games room and wine cellar.

The extensive stone-built stable yard accommodates nine horse stables, tack room, groom's office, barn and a sizeable all-weather training arena.

The land is to the front of the house and described by Ronan McKenna, of selling agents Raymond Potterton Auctioneers, as exceptionally good quality ground. The land is south sloping and laid out in one big field with shelter provided by mature trees.

The property comes with extensive road frontage and is bounded by perfectly maintained Whitethorn hedging.

There was keen interest in the property prior to the sale but there was no action when it came to buying in the public arena.

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The property was bought immediately afterwards by a Meath farmer who has connections in Kells.

Irish Independent