Athdara Stud, Stirling Bridge, Clonee, County Meath
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- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
CONTEMPORARY SIX-BEDROOM HOME WITH STABLES AND C.17 ACRES OF GROUNDS WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF DUBLIN CITY. IDEAL FOR BREEDING AND RAISING HORSES, ATHDARA IS ALSO RICH WITH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL.
Originally built in 1982, and extended in 2006, Athdara is laid out around a central courtyard, which shelters both a sunny patio, and a stable block. The exceptionally clever contemporary design presents you with the ultimate in
flexibility, as two separate three bedroomed houses, each with its own character and entrance, are connected via a single storey wing.
This wing is currently a work area, housing an office, a bar and a trophy room. This latter is in good use by the present extremely successful owners. Each wing has access to the work area, but this arrangement can easily and smoothly be altered if required.
Both of the accommodation wings are oriented to catch the sun, and offer sheltered patios and seating areas. The older wing is of a striking triangular design, while the newer is to a more traditional template. Features such as circular windows and other openings connect the two visually.
This means that Athdara is uniquely suited to today's working from home arrangements, and also for extended families seeking to share space, while retaining privacy. The different parts of the house can be expanded or contracted as necessary.
Athdara also benefits by being on some of County Meath's best land. With its own stable block and c. 6.927 Hectares (17.12 Acres) of land, laid out in gardens and paddocks, it has been the birthplace of some incredibly successful racehorses. The location of the stable block, as one wing of the courtyard also means you are never far from your beloved and precious animals.
Whether you are planning to continue the success story of Athdara, or have an eye to the future of this land for potential development given its proximity to the motorway network, and to Dublin this property presents an extremely strong and attractive proposition.
The original wing of Athdara is an eye-catching triangle. Built in 1982, it is a design classic, including a show stopping sunken living room with open fire, leading to a pair of conservatories. Accented with white brick and timber floors, the feel is bright and airy. The attention to design detail is exceptional, with feature woodwork and metalwork throughout, such as in the curved bannisters on the main staircase.
Split level floors and changing ceiling heights add to the drama, although the overall atmosphere of the house is one of peacefulness, accented by the wonderful light. There is also a dining room and well-appointed kitchen in this wing, while upstairs there are three bedrooms. The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe, dressing room, ensuite and beautiful views.
A single storey arm of the complex connects the two accommodation wings. This includes an office, trophy room and bar, and also connects to the courtyard via the trophy room. The opposite wing is equally thoughtfully designed, and includes a games room / home gym, office, living room, dining room and large and well appointed kitchen that opens to a sheltered decking area for relaxed al fresco meals.
Upstairs, two of the three bedrooms are ensuite, while the master also has a pair of walk-in wardrobes / dressing rooms. The master ensuite is a very stylish space and has a Jacuzzi bath with TV.
The whole house is presented in turn key condition, seamlessly blending spaces, and offering marvellous flexibility in accommodation and use.
GROUNDS AND FACILITIES
The c. 6.927 Hectares (17.12 Acres) at Athdara are reached via a winding drive, flanked with mature trees and bounded by paddocks with stud rail fencing. The clever contemporary design of the house shelters patios, and the
internal courtyard features further seating areas and a fountain. There are also private gardens, lawns, and a hard tennis court.
The layout of the house, with the living accommodation in two wings, also means that the connecting wing is an ideal arrangement for working from home. There is also a studio/office separate from the living accommodation
that is a converted stable and is perfect for those who want to work from home while still being outside the main residence.
Facilities for horses are excellent here. There are seven stables in all, four within the courtyard, and three facing the paddocks. There is also a tack room, feed room, hay barn, further outbuildings and field shelters.
There is excellent grazing lands that are well sheltered and the loving care the owners have lavished on the grounds and facilities is evidenced in the success of many of the horses bred here. These include Jezki, with 16 wins including at Cheltenham under his girth. Other winners include Jenari, Jered and Jetson who won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
Athdara is situated in close proximity to the ever-expanding towns and villages of Clonee and Dunboyne and may have long-term development potential.
Athdara, Stirling Bridge, Clonee, County Meath, Ireland
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