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Option for hobby or residential farm at historic Acraboy stud

A Tipperary es-tate, once owned by a World War II general and a leader in the Irish horse breeding industry, is for sale with up to 91 acres of land.

General Sir Ian Harris led battalions in the invasion of Normandy against the Germans and in Burma and Malaysia against the Japanese.

After he retired to the family's Ballykisteen Stud in Tipperary in 1969, Sir Ian, who was better known as Tommy, became active in horse breeding and served as chairman and president of the Irish Bloodstock Breeders' Association for spells in the 1970s and 1980s.

The estate changed hands in the 1990s and this led to part of it being developed under separate ownership into Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Club, while Acraboy House in Monard retained stud farm facilities.

Now the agents Colliers is quoting €1.5m for Acraboy on 25 acres or €2m-plus for the house on 91 acres.

Approached by a long, tree-lined avenue Acraboy was built around 1840 and its living rooms and main bedrooms are of graceful proportions, full of light with high ceilings, bay windows, timber floors, marble chimney pieces and decorative cornicing. The courtyard can also be approached by a separate tree-lined avenue.

The cut stone yard also has a staff cottage and stables.

Located in the heart of the Golden Vale, it has commanding views across the surrounding countryside towards the Galtee Mountains and its land is considered good grazing land.

The village of Monard is 0.2 miles away, Tipperary three miles away and Limerick city is 20 miles away.

Accommodation in the house itself extends to almost 530sqm.

Off the main hall there are three reception rooms including a drawing room with two bay windows for enjoying the views.

A sitting room has double doors which lead to a conservatory and doors from the dining room also lead to the conservatory as well as to the kitchen.

The formal reception rooms are embellished with a range of period features including cornices, coving and marble chimney pieces.

As well as having a partially glazed roof and gothic style windows, the conservatory has double doors leading to the gardens and with its connections to the formal reception rooms it combines to enhance the house's flexibility for entertaining small or large groups in the summer or winter.

As well as the attractively designed outer hall, an inner hall leads to a well equipped modern kitchen with a central island, marble work top, large Aga cooker, parquet floor and bay window. Its space is supplemented by a pantry, larder and utility room.

At first-floor level there are six bedrooms, three of which are en suite, and a family bathroom is located at this level.

The hospitality areas also extend to two other buildings each of about 139sqm. One of these is a traditional style bar with stone walls, bar counter, an open fireplace and WC. The other has a snooker table and is used as a games room.

The cut stone courtyard comprises six loose boxes, a dovecote and a partially lofted barn while another block with 12 stables is adjacent. Other buildings in the courtyard include a workshop and garage.

A staff cottage, which requires upgrading, accommodates a kitchen, living room, cloakroom and two bedrooms.

Together the buildings and gardens stand on six acres while a further 85 acres are in permanent pasture and divided into seven level well-fenced paddocks.

Contact Colliers 01 6333700

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