The location of this 90-acre residential farm could hardly be more fully steeped in racehorse lore: Coolmore Stud — headquarters of the world’s largest thoroughbred-breeding operation — is just 10km south of here and all around are various horse-breeding operations of differing sizes.
It was a productive dairy farm milking 60 cows until about 14 years ago and the quality of land would lend itself to a return to dairy.
However, the agent says it’s more likely to be bought by a horse-racing enthusiast than a dairy farmer and this farm has been producing quality horses for over 100 years.
“It could be someone expanding a dairy farm, but it’s in the heart of limestone countryside and horse-breeding territory — the epicentre of National Hunt breeding area so I’d imagine that someone will buy it for a training yard or even a small stud,” says Portlaoise-based selling agent Clement Herron.
The current owners — Pat and Louise Joyce — are certainly steeped in equine tradition and the farm has been in the Joyce family since the 1930s.
Pat rode point-to-point races while running the dairy farm at the same time. His wife Louise was the first woman to ride in Punchestown when she won the Ladies Cup there in 1973.
“All National Hunt breeders riders have traditionally been in dairying or beef as well,” says Louise.
“Either that or they’re running for office!”
Now, according to the agent, the plan is down-size the operation and buy a smaller one, leaving the way open for someone to step in and take control of this ready-to-go live-in stud farm.
It has produced a very long line of illustrious horses, including Hardy Eustace, Liscannor Lad, Eldorado, Mr Mulligan and Looks Like Trouble (the latter two are former Cheltenham Gold Cup winners).
The main house is in superb condition and is approached by a winding avenue, with neat lawns and flower beds to the front and rear. The original house dates from the 1820s.
It has an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, living room and utility room on the ground floor, while upstairs, there are four bedrooms.
Accommodation in the two-storey new wing include living room, dining room, office, kitchen, utility room and two more bedrooms on the first floor.
As far as the equine equipment is concerned, the farm is well equipped, with a stable yard containing 26 loose boxes, a tack room, wash bay, barn and loft.
There is also a horse walker, a lunging ring and three furlong gallops. Sheds include a five-bay hayshed and lean-to with another six sheds and a machinery shed. In addition, there is a farm yard with a number of other outbuildings.
The agents haven’t ruled out the possibility of splitting the property into lots either. The stud farm and gallop could constitute one lot, for example, while the remaining land could be another lot that an expanding dairy or tillage farmer would be interested in.
Access to the property is excellent; it is close to a number of prominent towns, including Cashel (20km), Thurles (15km) and Kilkenny (40km).
The M8 Dublin-Cork motorway is just 10km away.
The asking price is €1,300,000.