Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

Liffey View Stud on 98ac of prime Wicklow land to go under hammer with guide price of €600k

Race is on for slice of sporting history

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

There's a lot of truth in the maxim, "you can't beat the end of something good". Liffey View Stud on 98ac at Baltinglass, Co Wicklow was a great property in its heyday and, in the right hands, it could be great again.

The property, which includes a derelict manor house, 48 stables and a three-bedroom bungalow, comes to auction later in the month with a guide price of €550,000 to €600,000.

The holding is located about 2km from Blessington overlooking the Blessington Lakes with frontage onto Lake Drive Road.

Situated within 25km of Dublin and 1.6km from the village of Manor Kilbride, the property is not far from Punchestown, Naas and the Curragh racecourses.

According to Philip Byrne of selling agents REA Coonans Maynooth, in its day, the stud was a superb place.

It once hosted the sire of the famous Golden Miller, the most successful Cheltenham Gold Cup winner ever, having won the race in five consecutive years between 1932 and 1936.

In 1934, he became the only horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year.

King Hal, sire to Mill House, the 1963 Gold Cup winner, also stood at Liffey View.

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Since those halcyon days, the property has fallen into significant disrepair, but the remnants of auld decency are visible everywhere.

The farm is approached by an avenue lined by beech trees with an impressive main entrance to the house and yards.

Overlooking the Blessington Lakes, the land, which is all in grass, is of good quality.

Laid out in nicely- sized divisions and dotted with a selection of mature trees, the farm enjoys extensive road frontage giving excellent access to the property from a number of points.

The farm has not been in use for some time and requires significant husbandry and attention.

The yard and residences are in a state of disrepair but, according to Mr Byrne, with some planning and investment the place could be brought back to what it once was.

The manor house, extending to 2,500sq ft and standing on an elevated site, is in a state of near dereliction, while the bungalow and the 48 stables making up the yard are in need of extensive repair.

Liffey View Stud will be sold by public auction at Lawlors Hotel, Naas, at 3pm on Friday, June 21.

Irish Independent