Horses for courses, this could be your winner’s enclosure

THIS property at Bridgestown, Inniscarra is a mere 20 minutes from Cork city, and packs a lot into its 4½ acre site.

The equestrian holding is wide open for new owners looking for a manageable spread on the western outskirts of Cork.

As a mini-stud, riding centre or livery business, the property has a host of local amenities, and was used as a riding school in a much earlier incarnation.

Since then, the city has moved out a bit, and the number of new builds in the immediate vicinity has made a hamlet of this part of Moneyflugh townland.

The centre of the property is a large, detached farmhouse which comes with five bedrooms and three reception rooms.

It also has a detached garage, offering 800 square feet of space, and it’s ready to go for conversion to a staff or family apartment, with storage on the ground floor.

The working part of the property is screened from the house by dense tree planting, and the layout means there is very little mess or untidiness to be seen.

The main stable block has accommodation for up to 10 horses, along with tack room and feed store, and adjoins a large horse walker. Below it is a sand arena with jumps, and two paddocks run along both sides of the long, tree-lined driveway.

A further paddock runs to the rear of the south-facing house, and all of the divisions have water laid on, and post and rail fencing.

The sale represents a rare opportunity to purchase a substantial property in a planning restricted area, says selling agent Terence O’Leary, who gives a guide of just under €1m for this modern property.

It’s certainly going to appeal to a specialist market, but will also suit wannabee hobby farmers.

Because building is restricted in this area of the city’s green belt, properties sell for a premium price, especially with this amount of land on offer, which is rare.

Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh are the selling agents.

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