Four of a kind: Homes with stables and pastures for horses
Rathmore Park, Rathmore, Co Carlow €1.25m
Rathmore Park originally dates from 1735, was extended around 1830, and further renovated in 1860. The current owners subsequently restored and extended in 1999.
The early Georgian house is surrounded by 50 acres of parkland, paddocks, mature woodland and newly planted woodland in the heart of rural Carlow, bounded by the River Slaney.
Rathmore Park is approached via an avenue running parallel to the river, and there is a large gravel forecourt to the front. The facade is immediately attractive, with seven bays and a pedimented Doric door-case.
Although undoubtedly impressive, and retaining many original period features, the classic house is a comfortable family home, as well as being ideally suited to entertaining on a grand scale. In addition to the main house, the Rathmore Park estate includes a fine coach house - itself a sizeable family house - as well as a studio apartment, stable yard, auxiliary buildings, walled gardens and extensive frontage onto the River Slaney.
The coach house was the original cut-stone coach house and stable yard of Rathmore Park and sits in a secluded private spot away from the main house. The conversion was done to a high standard.
Of interest to horsey folk will be the American barn with loose boxes, tack and feed rooms, and the fact that 25 of the estate's 50 acres are currently in old pasture in large open fields dotted with magnificent specimen trees.
Rathmore Park is a five-minute drive from the market town of Tullow which has shops, supermarkets, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Carlow town is 20 minutes away, and Dublin Airport a little over an hour's drive via the M9.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Cantering to Callan
Built in 1979, Mallardstown near Callan in Co Kilkenny stands behind a stone wall and electric gates on 42 acres, currently mainly planted with corn and with one grass paddock. There are views over the King's River which flows close to the entrance. Mallardstown has 336sqm of living space, with a downstairs layout ideally suited to family life, including a newly fitted kitchen/breakfast room, as well as four double bedrooms upstairs. The house has a large garage and six stables, and there is an area that could easily be converted into a sand arena. There is also a self-contained unit to the side of the main house that is ideal for staff accommodation. Callan lies 16km south of Kilkenny, on the border between Tipperary and Kilkenny
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 237 6300
Galloping to Garristown
Hawkinstown at Riverstown near Garristown in Co Meath is an architect-designed executive-style home standing on 2.08 acres of immaculate lawns and mature grounds. A separate entrance allows access to the two stables at the rear. The residence was re-constructed in 1996 and now has 200sqm of smart and well-designed living space, with two bedrooms on the ground floor and a further two upstairs. Two of the bedrooms are en suite, and Hawkinstown also has two bathrooms, which makes it ideal for a family with teenagers. The kitchen has an oil-fired AGA. Garristown lies about 30km to the north west of Dublin city centre, and Hawkinstown will be of interest to those seeking a rural lifestyle within easy reach of the capital.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Geraghty (01) 835 0577
Manege-ing in Mizen
Kealfadda Bridge House is an equestrian property that includes a family home, guest cottage, hobby house and 11 stables, standing on 23 acres of mixed land near Schull in Co Cork, with views of the Fastnet lighthouse. The main house was designed according to the specifications of the German vendor, and has 186sqm of living space, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The stables are contained in two blocks around the manege, where horses can be trained, and have beautifully finished attic space and shingled gable ends. Kealfadda is located on the Mizen Peninsula, surrounded by heather-covered hills and lush valleys, between Schull and Goleen about 32km from Skibbereen and 113km from Cork city and airport.
Agent: Henry O'Leary Auctioneers (023) 883 959