Horse sense in rural idyll

THIS is a big modern house, an American barn with floors you could eat your dinner from and 25 pristine acres with primed, paddock fencing.

Not the run-of-the-mill sale and certainly not an average property, even by Celtic Tiger, hobby farm standards.

Ballyogan House, at Barefield, Ennis in Co Clare, is an eight-year old self-build with a number of wings including an unusual gull wing projection that provides a triple-height sunroom. A DeLorean of a house, really.

And it covers 4,300sq feet with upwards of six bedrooms, a range of living rooms and quality fittings. This property is sensitively finished and while not achingly architectural, it has country house quality with high ceilings, lots of light and a big circular living space.

There are at least six stables, a floodlit sand arena, tack room and 25 acres of land to keep, most of which is woodland. This will keep the horsiest of horsey children amused.

The centre of this bright, big house is the kitchen area which is decked out with rows of hand-built white oak cabinetry, including a central island and quality appliances.

This sits in the centre of a space that leads into the soaring sunroom and also into the separate dining/ family room in a triple aspect space that has a number of points leading outwards.

The open plan rooms overlook woodland and paddock and a large, sandstone patio at the rear, with pergola connecting to the gardens beyond.

Ballyogan House has up-to-date fittings with solar panels, condenser boiler and pressurised system, (enough power to run up to eight showers), underfloor heating and central vac system.

The flooring runs from quality tiling to white oak to carpet, in what Diarmuid McMahon of Sherry FitzGerald McMahon describes as exceptional quality.

There is one formal lounge/ dining room on the ground floor with dimensions of 10.35ft by 4.3ft, an impressive double height entrance hall with white oak staircase and on the first floor, six bedrooms,. About a third of the land has been cleared for paddock and the rest is woodland with occasional recreation areas around the house.

The property would also suit as an equestrian centre, says Diarmuid McMahon and is guided at €850,000, a sum which includes a 500sq foot double garage, and a 3,826 sq ft American barn with six stables.

And of course, the house is set at the end of a long driveway from a country road. It is two miles from the Ennis bypass and also accessible from the M18 Crusheen bypass.


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