Vale of plenty a short hop from the capital
I picked the finest day we've had since the Indian Summer of late 2015 to walk Farmersvale Stables near Kill in Co Kildare, just off the N7.
Paul Doyle of JP & M Doyle was at the Blackchurch Inn to lead me to the 32ac residential stud farm, for sale by private treaty at €790,000.
"It had a price tag of over a million at one point," Mr Doyle said, "but the market dictates."
Located just off the N7 close to the Steelstown Interchange (Exit 5) Farmersvale Stables is situated within 12km of Dublin City Centre, close to the villages of Kill and Rathcoole and within easy access of Naas, Punchestown and the Curragh racecourses.
The farm shares an entrance with the current owners who have a large house on a separate folio adjacent to the property but once a sale is concluded the present entrance will be for the sole use of the new owner.
The neatly hedged avenue leads to the bungalow residence that was once the manager's quarters. Immediately behind the dwelling are some of the finest equestrian facilities in the country.
The house is a modest neat three-bedroom bungalow with a kitchen/dining area, a sitting room, a bathroom and a sunroom/porch that looks out over the yard and on to the land.
On the day I visited the house was bright and welcoming and flooded with sunlight but while it is perfectly habitable it will need some upgrading.