Loughtown Stud is a top-class, world-renowned equestrian farm on 171ac located between Clane and Kilcock in Co Kildare. It has just come on the market and will be sold by public auction at Lawlor's Hotel, Naas, on June 29 with a guide price of €4.5m.
Loughtown has had its share of fame over the years breeding the 1963 Irish Derby winner, Ragusa, and hosting Archive, sire of the great Arkle at stud. Other famous horses associated with the place include Red God and Raise You Ten.
Once owned by Airlie Stud, the farm is currently in the ownership of an international bloodstock businessman on whose behalf it is being sold by Goff's Country.
Located 7km from Clane and Kilcock and 6km from the M4, the property is at the heart of Kildare's equestrian country.
Andrew Nolan of Goff's describes Loughtown as a wonderful farm with a fantastic ambience.
"It is on the best of limestone land ideal for horses," Mr Nolan said.
The holding is laid out in 20 divisions ranging from stallion paddocks and nursery paddocks to summer grazing paddocks. The entire property is fenced with stud rail fencing backed by hedgerows and set on beautiful parkland dotted with magnificent trees, some of which are 100 years old.
The farm is divided into two equal divisions by a country road that gives extensive road frontage. While on one side of the road the land includes the house and main yard, the other side has an American style barn providing some of the stabling.
The main residence is a single storey, ranch-style house reached by a tree-lined avenue and surrounded by lawns and shrubs. While there may be only two bedrooms, the house extends to a substantial 2,000ft2 and is finished to a high specification.
The current owner spends a limited amount of time at Loughtown so the house is not as extensive as it might be. The property includes a manager's house, and a traditional four-bedroom stone building extending to 2,200ft2, and is in excellent condition.
There are also two staff apartments over the stables, one of which has two bedrooms and the other a single bedroom, both are in perfect condition.
There are three yards with the farm; a main yard of traditional design at the heart of the property and two ancillary yards. Facilities include 54 boxes, a horse walker, a lunging ring, a covering ring with three stallion boxes, three foaling boxes, a silica sand outdoor arena and a veterinary unit. Other buildings include a hayshed, offices and storage space for machinery.
Mr Nolan describes the property as the perfect stud farm.
"The facilities are second to none," he said. "There are 171ac of the best of land and a selection of fine accommodation for owners and staff. It is in an ideal location for a stud farm being only 15 minutes from Goff's and Tattersall's and half an hour from Punchestown, Fairyhouse and the Curragh."
Loughtown Stud will be sold at public auction on June 29, at Lawlor's Hotel, Naas, with Goff's Country and Coonan's Real Estate Alliance, Maynooth as the joint selling agents.