Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 March 2018

Georgian stud farm on 40 acres

Jim O’Brien

Knockrath Stud at Ballinlough, Kells, Co Meath, is set on 40ac and centred around a handsome Georgian House built in 1835.

The classic two-storey over semi-basement house has remained unchanged for almost two centuries and is maintained with all of the original features intact including fireplaces, panel doors, moulded architraves and skirtings.

The property, which is coming to auction with a guide price of €600,000, is located 12km from Kells and 8km from Oldcastle.


Knockrath is a long-established and well-known stud that stands two stallions. It is well respected in equine circles and has an excellent record for producing and preparing sport horses.

The residence is in a very attractive setting, with rising ground to the rear providing shelter from the north winds. This is enclosed by some very fine specimen trees, while the lawns have been very well kept.

The accommodation includes an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a study, morning room and dining room on the ground floor.

On the first floor are found four bedrooms – one of which is en suite – and a bathroom.

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The basement includes the kitchen, a living room, staff bedroom, sitting room, utility room, games room and wine cellar.


The extensive stone-built stable yard accommodates nine horse stables, tack room, groom's office, barn and a sizeable all-weather training arena.

The land is to the front of the house and described by Ronan McKenna of selling agents Raymond Potterton as exceptionally good quality ground, south-facing and laid out in one big field with shelter provided by mature trees.

The property comes with extensive road frontage and is bounded by perfectly maintained whitethorn hedging.

The farm will be sold at auction in the Navan offices of Raymond Potterton on Tuesday, June 25.

Irish Independent