Saturday 24 August 2019

Luxury is par for the course at Mount Juliet on the market for €900k


South Paddocks
South Paddocks
South Paddocks
Walton's Grove
Walton's Grove

The author PG Wodehouse tells the story of a novice golfer who spends his afternoons practicing his putting on the sitting room carpet. He progresses to chipping golf balls into a wastepaper basket. Soon, his longing for the open fairway becomes too strong, he drops a ball on the carpet, takes his stance and whacks a full seven-iron through the open window.

Wodehouse's golfer would probably be first in the queue for either - or possibly both - of two properties for sale on the Mount Juliet estate, both of which stand about a seven-iron shot from the famous Thomastown course.

No 18 Walton's Grove is an attractive, semi-detached, four-bedroomed house in a cul de sac of 22 houses located beside the 12th fairway. It features a half-hipped, gabled roof with pretty dormer windows.

Inside it's spacious, with 221 sqm of floor space. The double-height sitting room is a highlight, with tall windows looking out to the garden and French doors leading out to a terrace.

The dining area leads down to the sitting room and there is also a kitchen, utility, cloakroom and spacious hall on the ground floor.

The main bedroom is also on the ground floor and features a dressing room and separate en suite bathroom. Upstairs there is the main bathroom, another bedroom with en suite, a double bedroom and a smaller bedroom.

There is ample parking outside, and a special screened bay for a golf buggy. The sale is being handled by Ken MacDonald of Hooke and MacDonald, and the guide price is €900,000.

Meanwhile, adjacent to the 16th fairway, No 5 South Paddocks is also offered for sale through Hooke and MacDonald, with a guide price of €595,000.

This property is a three-bedroomed end-of-terrace house with a steeply-pitched roof and a two-storey central bay. Just like its near neighbour, No 5 has the look of an Edwardian cottage, with touches of the Arts and Crafts style about the windows and details.

On the ground floor there is an entrance hall leading to a double-height dining area and sitting room. There is a feature window in the steep pitch of the roof here, flooding this area of the house with light. There is also a fitted kitchen with breakfast bar on this level.

The three bedrooms, one on the ground floor and two upstairs, are of a good size and very bright. All have en suite bathrooms.

Buyers of either property will be electing to join a community centred around the activities of the Mount Juliet estate: golf, fishing and equestrian pursuits. There is even a Mount Juliet cricket club, tucked away on a hidden bend in the river on a remote part of the estate.

Residents are entitled to discounts at the hotel facilities, and each house comes with two golf memberships included. Management fees, which cover 24-hour security patrols, grounds maintenance, water charges (the estate has its own water source) and waste charges, come to between €4,500-€5,000 per year.

"Increasingly, the houses on the estate are occupied full time," says Ken MacDonald. "Probably close to half of them are occupied year-round." Both houses are being sold with carpets, curtains and light fittings, and the vendors are open to discussions about furniture and other contents.

The Mount Juliet estate is owned by Tetrarch Capital, formerly Brehon Capital, which also owns the Mount Wolsey resort in Co Carlow and the Powerscourt estate in Co Wicklow, among others.

In fact, Tetrarch is the vendor of No 5 South Paddocks; it was formerly the house of the estate manager.

No 18 Walton's Grove is a private sale.

Tetrarch is investing heavily in Mount Juliet. Expansion to the Hunter's Yard area is underway, and a clubhouse for golf members is planned. However, the company also plans to increase green fees and review membership rates for 2016.

Mount Juliet's history is closely associated with the bloodstock industry. The former owners were the McCalmonts, legends in the horse-breeding world.

These days, golf has taken over as the emblem of the estate. The course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is a beautiful parkland layout. Time to get practising with that seven-iron.

Words by Dave Robbins

Sunday Independent

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