This 118ac Wicklow stud farm could sell for over €2.5m
When time and fortune favour, I like to leave the main roads and take to the byways on my journeys around the country.
On a trip to Wicklow last week I left the industrial road complex at Naas and took the winding roads through the Wicklow Mountains, over the Sally Gap and down to Roundwood and into the shadow of the Sugarloaf.
My journey on the road less travelled was rewarded with a breathtaking drive through the wild expanses of Wicklow, clothed in a myriad of autumnal browns.
The beauty of the mountains wasn't the only loveliness I was treated to that day. My journey from Roundwood took me to Ballinteskin Stud, a residential stud farm on 118ac in the fertile lower reaches of the Wicklow hills.
The understated Georgian house around which Ballinteskin is built is reached at the end of a shared private road lined with cherry trees.
Nestled behind some fine stands of trees that include a pair of rhododendrons planted in 1850, the house and yards are in perfect condition, having been renovated in the last decade.
The stud is located just 5km from Enniskerry, 3.5km from the N11/M50 at Kilmacanogue and 27km from Dublin.
This property is a turn-key proposition for any prospective buyer and even includes its own helicopter hangar and helipad. The original part of the house is a smaller Georgian structure that has been sympathetically extended to the rear.