Horses and courses, homegrown vegetables and a jacuzzi bath
It's not easy to keep a kitchen garden when you have horses. The horses will eat all your apples straight off the tree, munch their way through your chamomile and take their pick of your herbs, and they won't even have the decency to look embarrassed.
The owners of Newbury House at Alasty, Kill, Co Kildare, are up against it, as their horses practically have the run of the place. All the same, they've managed to make a nice garden, with heaps of flowers and raised vegetable beds kept safe from equine snouts with the help of some sturdy post-and-rail fencing.
Built in 1997, Newbury has 12 acres of land around it and it's on a long, 700-metre cul de sac, with a smattering of large detached houses for neighbours, so there's plenty of privacy if you don't count horses peering over fences at you.
Inside, it's 2,780 sq ft with five first-floor bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower and the master bedroom with an ensuite jacuzzi bath. The fifth bedroom here is bay-windowed and overlooks the front, and it's used as a study.
The ground floor has three reception rooms - a sitting room with a gas-fitted marble fireplace, a study with a cast-iron fireplace, and a dining room, where there are sliding glass doors to a skylit sunroom.
The kitchen is dual-aspect and has solid-wood cabinets and an oil-fired range.
There's a separate drive leading to the stable yard, or you can cut across from the garden. As well as the six stables, other outbuildings in the yard are a tack room, a haybarn and a garage. There's also a floodlit sand arena.
It's about 20 minutes' drive from here to the Red Cow roundabout and 20 minutes to Naas. The house is ideal for someone who wants to dabble in an equestrian business or simply enjoy horse riding as a hobby in the heart of Ireland's equestrian belt.
Newbury House is for sale for €1.25m with Coonan Property in Maynooth (01) 628 6128.