Four on the market: for horse lovers
A selection of four properties which will appeal to those with a love for all things equine.
Woodlands, Aughrim, Co Wicklow
€1.15m Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O'Reilly (0404) 66466; Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300
Woodlands in Craffield has its origins in a 19th century cottage that's been turned into a sprawling, 4,024 sq ft, house on two storeys with a mezzanine. By way of reception rooms, there's a drawing room, a dining room with doors to the patio, a sun room, and a library, plus the kitchen which has an Aga and a Belfast sink. There are four bedrooms, all en-suite. Woodlands is on 10 acres with gardens, a patio, a tennis court, paddocks, and a shed with four loose boxes.
Shamrock Lodge, Co Kildare
€1.05m Savills Country (01) 663 4350
Although it's just on the edge of the town of Athy, at Geraldine Road, Shamrock Lodge has 20 acres around it, so it's secluded despite the urban setting. It dates from about 1835 with a later extension. It's now 3,767 sq ft with six first-floor bedrooms (one en-suite). The ground floor has a drawing room, dining room, breakfast room, conservatory and kitchen, and there's a library on the return level. There's a courtyard with a coach house and stables. There's the option to buy the house on just 3.32 acres for €580k.
Churchtown Stud, Co Cork
€575k Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan (022) 42651; Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300
If you were to move to Churchtown in north Co Cork, you'd be following in some celebrated footsteps. The English actor Oliver Reed also moved there and, after he died in 1999, he was buried in the local cemetery. Churchtown Stud is on 32 acres in the village, and has 18 loose boxes, an all-weather paddock and a six-furlong gallop. The house is 3,419 sq ft with four bedrooms, two en-suite. There's also an office upstairs, while downstairs is a living room, drawing room, family room and lounge, and a sunroom off the kitchen.
Coolstown Hse & Stud, Co Louth
€1.3m Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Coolstown House stands on the site of the former Greenmount Lodge in Castlebellingham that's been replaced with a modern dormer bungalow. The Victorian stableyard is still standing though. The stableyard, surrounded by 99.9 acres of land, includes 20 loose boxes, a tack room, all-weather arena, an office and storerooms, as well as two staff apartments. The house is 4,117 sq ft with six bedrooms (one en-suite). There's also a study, sitting room and drawing room, along with a kitchen and laundry.