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A very modern manor

Clare Hughes and her family are selling Farmley, their Georgian-style home in Co Kilkenny, for €495,000 and moving nearer to their famous horse breeding farm writes Caitriona Murphy...

Farmley is a beautiful five-bedroom Georgian-style property in rural Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny that was built just five years ago by husband and wife Clare Hughes and Melvin Kennedy.

Clare is a member of the famous Hughes dynasty, renowned throughout the world as producers of top sport horses, showjumpers and racehorses.

Her family name is synonymous with dozens of top horses, including the illustrious sport horse stallion Cavalier Royale; show jumper Special Envoy, ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa; Olympic bronze medal winner Jessica and Diamond Exchange, ridden by Jessica Kurten; as well as the famous grey mare Flo Jo, ridden by Clare's sister Marion throughout the 1990s.

Clare and Melvin are currently building a new home closer to the centre of the family farm, where she, her mum Mary, sister Marion and Marion's husband Miguel Maria Bravo, produce horses.

So they have decided to sell their 270sqm Georgian-style Farmley house which was designed to combine the best of period features with the ease of modern living.

Clare, who describes herself as "pharmacist by profession and architect by nature" scoured antique shops and salvage yards all over the south-east of Ireland to find the pieces she wanted for each room.

All the fireplaces are original Georgian pieces, while the windows are furnished with heavy silk curtains. The interior also features the best coving, panelling, light fittings and floor coverings available.

The sale of Farmley includes all fixtures and fittings, curtains, light fittings and kitchen white goods.

The accommodation opens with one of Clare's favourite rooms, a bright and airy entrance hall.

Featuring black and white tiles and timber wainscoting, this room is the perfect introduction to the mix of Georgian and modern luxury found elsewhere in the house.

The kitchen/dining room has a fireplace, Aga and island unit, Belfast sink and French doors leading to a large patio outside. Off the kitchen is a large utility room with extensive cupboards and a laundry chute from the second floor.

The living room and drawing room are interconnected by sliding double doors and both feature white marble fireplaces, timber floors and large sash windows that flood each room with light.

Moving upstairs, there are four bedrooms (two en suite) and a family bathroom on the first floor, while the attic floor also contains a fifth en suite bedroom. The master bedroom on the first floor features a walk-in wardrobe.

Outside, the 1.1-acre property features a car port, garage and two stables, along with a turn-out paddock. The stables have been used for the Hughes-Kennedy ponies -- ridden by Isabel (5), Chloe (7) and Seamus (9) -- but at 12ft x 12ft they would also be ideal for horses.

The house is set back from the public road on a quiet country cul-de-sac lane, just five miles from Kilkenny city. It is easily accessible from the M9 motorway, leading to Dublin and Waterford.

Enquiries to Fitzgerald Auctioneers on 056 7770888

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