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Wednesday 22 November 2017

See the Georgian residence on 28 acres in Meath set to make over €1.6m

Phepotstown House avenue
Phepotstown House avenue

Phepotstown House near Kilcock in Co Meath was once the home of jockey, Willie Robinson, a three times winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup along with the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He was also the pilot on Mill House which came out second best to Arkle and Pat Taaffe in the 1964 and '65 Cheltenham Gold Cup showdowns. Robinson had guided Mill House to National Hunt's blue riband in 1963 and completed a rare double by also winning that year's Hennessy Gold Cup.

The following year he steered Team Spirit to victory in the Aintree Grand National.

His one-time base and adjoining equestrian facilities are for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.6m.

Phepotstown House is located close to Kilcock and 35ac from Dublin
Phepotstown House is located close to Kilcock and 35ac from Dublin

It was bought by its current owners, Liam and Siobhan Treacy in 1995 and now, with the family grown up, they are downsizing and moving on. The house was completely renovated with a new wing added in 2000.

Located between the M3 and M4 the property is 6km from Kilcock, 10km from Summerhill and 13km from Dunshaughlin. The main house is approached by a beautiful, tree-lined avenue that runs through stud-railed paddocks while a second avenue to the rear gives access to the office and yard.

The entrance hall is typical of late 18th century/early 19th century design. With its limestone-tiled floor and an arch leading to a winding staircase at the rear wall, it is an elegant introduction to the residence.

The reception rooms include a dining room with a timber floor, a decorative wooden fireplace with marble inset and a corniced ceiling with a large centre rose.

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Throughout the house there are many original features such as ornate plasterwork and fireplaces and these are also present in the drawing room and the study.

The kitchen/breakfast area is set on a tiled floor and includes a Stanley range, built-in units, a central island and double doors leading to a sheltered patio.

There are six bedrooms on the first floor where the master bedroom includes an ensuite bathroom and a dressing room with a Jacuzzi bath. The remaining bedrooms are each fitted with showers. In all, the accommodation extends to 4,951 sq ft.


A former owner was jockey Willie Robinson
A former owner was jockey Willie Robinson

The original courtyard has also been the subject of extensive renovations where its single and two-storey cut stone buildings are home to a fully fitted gym, a freezer room, WC and a storage loft. A second building houses a laundry room, tack room, feed area and gives access to the stable yard.

The stable yard is large and enclosed and includes 11 stables with automatic drinkers, a tack room, feed area, wash area storage space and a haybarn. To the rear of the stableyard is a floodlit sand arena and a number of grass covered and solid turn-out areas.

An office building with three rooms extending to 645 sq ft stands separate from the other buildings on the property.

The current owners have put huge work, care and attention into the gardens and especially into bringing the 18th century walled garden back to life.

The revival has included the addition of a modern garden pavilion and a barbeque terrace. The gardens are home to an array of plant life, fruit and vegetables including mature specimen trees, herbaceous borders, flower beds, an orchard and a polytunnel.

The 28ac of land is set around the house in three grass paddocks with stud railing, electric fencing and piped water.

According to Pat O'Hagan of selling agents Savills, the fields are well protected by bands of mature trees and serviced by cattle-handling facilities.

All in all this is a very fine rural property located in good farming and equestrian country and yet only 34km from Dublin.

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