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Sunday 21 January 2018

'A place of pure class' - A 171ac stud farm of impeccable pedigree


Loughtown Stud
Loughtown Stud
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Loughtown Stud on 171ac is the most substantial stud farm to come on the market since nearby Ballymacoll.

The top-class equestrian property with three houses and two apartments is located at Donadea, Co Kildare, not too far from the aforementioned home of Arkle.

In a sale also handled by Coonans of Maynooth, the place will be sold at auction with a guide price of €3.5m.

Located 6km from Clane, 6km from Maynooth and 11km from Naas, the farm is in the heart of Kildare's bloodstock industry. It is currently owned by an international bloodstock businessman with interests elsewhere.

From the moment you drive along its extensive road frontage, you get a sense that within the hedged boundaries lies a place of class.

The lovely tree-lined avenue leading to the farm is a good introduction to the quality of the property.

Horses grazing at Loughtown Stud
Horses grazing at Loughtown Stud

It is paddocked by the best of stud railing and dotted with the finest of trees. The natural beauty of the place and the elegance of the man-made structures are quite something to behold.

The land is laid out in 20 divisions, ranging from stallion paddocks and nursery paddocks to summer grazing divisions.

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The 171ac of prime-quality ground has almost 2km of road frontage onto a primary and a secondary country road. The secondary road bisects the farm, leaving the house and main yard with 80ac of ground on one side while a smaller yard on the other side is surrounded by 91ac of ground.

The land is entirely serviced by internal roadways and, at intervals, access to the fields is organised in such a way that four gates are laid out in a diamond shape, allowing ease of turning for vehicles and trailers.

Evidence of such attention to detail is to be found throughout the holding.

This is essentially a horsey property with the pedigree to prove it. The farm is renowned in the bloodstock industry for having bred the 1963 Irish Derby winner Ragusa and hosting Archive, sire of the great Arkle, at stud. Other famous horses associated with Loughtown Stud are Red God and Raise You Ten.

The extensive equestrian facilities are laid out over three yards, with the main yard having a few individual sections to it. This yard is located behind what is called the manager's residence, the original stone-built dwelling around which Loughtown was built.

The yard includes 15 loose boxes, two foaling boxes an observation room and a vets' room.

Ancillary buildings include a stallion yard with four stallion boxes and a covering shed, a four-bay machinery shed, a three-column haybarn with a one-column lean-to, a farm office, four loose boxes and a loading ramp.

There is a six-animal horse walker with this section and a sand arena, now overgrown, and a lunging ring along with three isolation boxes and storage sheds.

There is also a new stable yard containing 26 boxes with a matted exercise area.

The small yard with the 91ac includes an American barn with 12 loose boxes, a large concreted area and a three-column round-roofed shed with double lean-to at either side

The original residence on the property is a beautiful, cut-stone building of early Georgian vintage. It is in need of extensive renovation and has accommodation covering about 2,200sqft that includes an entrance hall, a breakfast room, a kitchen, living room, family room, a downstairs shower room and a laundry/boot room with plumbing for utilities.

Upstairs, on the return is a bathroom, while the first floor is home to four bedrooms and a bathroom. The house is full of character and has plenty of potential for development.

The main residence on the property is a most unusual, imaginative ranch-style single-storey residence in top class condition. Extending to 2,000sqft, it is built in cruciform shape.

The accommodation includes an entrance hall with patio doors leading to an enclosed garden. There are just two bedrooms in the house, but it could be remodelled to make way for further sleeping accommodation.

A state-of-the-art kitchen on a terracotta floor with large picture windows overlooking the paddocks is another remarkable feature of this unusual building.

The house is centred around a large reception room with a large stone fireplace, potentially a great party room.

The stud farm also includes a substantial gate lodge with three bedrooms, along with two staff apartments located in the yard.

According to Phillip Byrne of Coonans the property will be offered for sale in three lots with the residences and main yard on 80ac making up one lot, the smaller yard on 91ac making up the other and the final lot comprising the entire on 171ac.

Loughtown Stud will be sold at auction by REA Coonans on Tuesday, October 24 at 3pm at Carton House Hotel, Maynooth.

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