Stud farm sales seem to be the order of the day with establishments large and small coming on to the market in rapid succession.
Arodstown Stables, a fine 88ac residential training establishment at Moynalvey, Summerhill in Co Meath is for auction with a guide price in excess of €1.5m.
The training stables, located 12km from Dunboyne and 15km from Maynooth, earned a strong reputation in National Hunt circles under the direction of trainer Tony Martin who has owned and developed the property over the last 10 years.
He enjoyed considerable success at Arodstown producing almost 400 winners since gaining is licence in 1992.
The Arodstown yard hosts one of the best equestrian operations in the country. All newly constructed within the last decade the facilities include 70 custom-built loose boxes contained within three American style barns.
There are 26 turnout paddocks and two superb all-weather tracks along with an open yard with dual access.
The three barns are divided into units of 30, 24 and 16 boxes each measuring 12ft X 12.6ft.
Each barn has a 16ft wide central walkway, a feed room and its own tack room. A hot-piped drying room is included in the state-of-the-art facilities along with a spa and two six-bay horse walkers each measuring 8ft across with rubber brick flooring underneath. A large shed with lean-tos attached is used for shavings, bedding and hay.
Among the other buildings is a substantial staff accommodation block with eight bedrooms, bathroom facilities, a kitchen and a living area while there is also a double-roomed office space with bathroom facilities.
The land is the best of Kildare ground covering 87.79ac. It includes a straight gallop extending to 5 furlongs on a high-spec Equitrack surface laid over porous tarmac with a hard-core driveway running alongside it.
A second gallop runs across open land in an oval shaped circuit where each straight is 1.5 furlongs in length on an Equitrack surface.
Schooling facilities with lines of hurdles and fences feature down each side and are laid on silica sand.
A collecting area with a surface of sand and fibre is located near the yard.
The residence with the farm was built seven years ago and is surrounded by post and rail paddocks and lawns. Inside the accommodation includes a range of spacious rooms including a hallway, sitting room kitchen/dining/living area and a south-facing conservatory.
The ground floor accommodation also includes an office space and an ensuite bedroom. Upstairs are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom with a jacuzzi.
Services include a geothermal heating system and a Puraflo drainage system.
Philip Byrne of selling agents Coonans says the property is coming to auction in six lots. The first is comprised of the straight gallop on 23.8ac along with the office and a stable block.
The second lot includes the circular gallop on 42.12ac with 40 stables in two stable blocks, that also house a feed house, drying room and tack room.
The third piece is the house on 6ac while the fourth is made up of 15.6ac of land.
The fifth is the staff quarters on 0.27ac while the entire on 87.79ac makes up the final lot.
Coonans and joint agents Raymond Potterton Auctioneers bring the property to auction on Wednesday, September 5 at 3pm at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth.