Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Equestrian dream is true champion

Massive interest expected in state-of-the-art horse facility with panoramic views of the sea

The selling agents expect big things for this 40ac equestrian site including stables, arenas and paddocks
The selling agents expect big things for this 40ac equestrian site including stables, arenas and paddocks
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

It isn't often a property takes your breath away but Sleighduff in Co Wicklow does just that. This is a magnificent, new, state-of- the-art, equestrian facility that has to be seen to be believed. It is located on 40ac south of Arklow in Co Wicklow and comes with a fully renovated farmhouse and panoramic sea views.

The facility is privately owned and is being sold by the owner. According to Celia Lamb of selling agents Knight Frank, it cost in the region of €5m to develop and is now for sale with a guide price of €2.1m.

The equine facilities are mainly found under the cover of an American-style barn and include a 23,520ft2 arena, along with stables extending to 14,295ft2 with both indoor and outdoor access to the arena.

In all, there is about three quarters of an acre of land under one roof.


The indoor arena is constructed from a double-skin insulated membrane in a mansard-style with double hip roof and an artificial sand surface. A 2m-high glass perimeter over kicking boards gives exceptional levels of daylight, while high-bay electric lighting gives high levels of artificial light.

The arena can be accessed directly from the stables or through roller shutters. There is a raised viewing area between the arena and the stables, as well as an indoor WC.

The stable block consists of 32 high-spec Monarch stables of varying sizes, constructed in an Elizabethan/Victorian style, with cherry wood hardwood cladding and brass finishings and individual water drinkers.

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The stables around the perimeter have both internal and external access. There are two tack rooms and two wash bays, one of which has a solarium for drying the horses. An independent feed storage is also included, with a separate external access. The stable block has generous circulation and working areas, and is fitted with extensive Acco drains for washing out and maintenance.

An unfinished outdoor arena extending to 13,000ft2 is timber railed, fully drained, floodlit and ready for surfacing.

The yard also includes a range of multipurpose sheds and outhouses.

The equestrian facility is set on 40ac of top-quality limestone pasture land, laid out in large manageable paddocks that are stud fenced and fitted with automatic water drinkers.

There are also eight fully fenced 0.25ac paddocks with water and gates to suit individual turnout, as well as a designated area for nine further sand turnout paddocks. A gallop around the perimeter of the property has great natural inclines ideal for ride out and training. Mature trees and hedging surrounding the farm provide plenty of natural shelter.

The residence is a newly renovated traditional farmhouse with four ensuite bedrooms, a full kitchen, and dining and living rooms. The garden includes a large outdoor dining area with spectacular views out to sea.


Planning permission has been granted for a substantial two-storey over-basement neo-Georgian residence with large attic space as well as six stone-clad traditional holiday homes forming a courtyard area.

Sleighduff is located outside the village of Johnstown minutes from Arklow and an hour's drive from Dublin, via the M11. A 10-minute drive from Sleighduff will bring you to sandy beaches and the coast. According to Ms Lamb, this property is the last word in equestrian facilities.

"I am familiar with the equestrian world and I am not aware of any facilities like this. I'm sure the Cian O'Connors and the Jessica Kurtens of this world would regard this as their dream equine facility," she said.

"If the holiday homes are developed this could be a world-class equestrian training facility."

With a guide price of €2.1m, Sleighduff will surely stir up a huge amount of interest both home and abroad.

Indo Farming