Champion horse trainer wins race for d910k home
Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott bought Cullentra House and its 78ac farm at auction at the Property Exchange, Trim, recently.
The trainer of 2007 Aintree winner Silver Birch and 99 other winners paid €910,000 for the property, located at Longwood, Co Meath.
Described by auctioneer Thomas Potterton as "a gorgeous place", it included a spacious five-bedroom country house with lots of character set in extensive parkland. The yard combines modern farm buildings -- including a haybarn and slatted units -- with a traditional courtyard.
The farmland is described as being in good heart, well-fenced and well looked after. Entirely in grass, the farm was never let and was looked after with a lot care by the late owner.
The family decided to hold the auction on the birthday of the late owner and 32 years to the day after he first bought it on May 23, 1979.
A large crowd attended the auction and four bidders took to the fray when matters opened at €600,000. In increments of €25,000, €10,000 and €5,000 the auction continued and when the bidding got to €810,000 the auctioneer consulted the vendors and went back to the bidding.
Three bidders stayed with the action until €850,000, it then fell to two, but Mr Elliot won the day with the final bid of €910,000.