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Freynestown Stud, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
Property description

Built in 1975 as a dedicated family home and stud farm

Completely refurbished by current owners in 2015

Reroofed, drylined, insulated, rewired and replumbed

Fully redecorated

Two floors of living space to approx. 356 sq m (3,832 sq ft)

Four reception rooms including elegant drawing and dining rooms

Three bedrooms, including a large master suite

Two further bedrooms in a separate guest suite adjacent to stable yard

Approximately 9.7ha (24 acres) of pasture in paddocks with sheltered grazing

Stud rail fencing throughout

Two all-weather paddocks

Nine stables

Tack room, garage, workshop, haybarn

Two outdoor horse shelters

Sweeping avenue, flanked by mature copper beech hedging

Electric gates

New burglar alarm system installed

Built in 1975, Freynestown Stud has been dedicated by its owners to breeding and rearing top quality Irish thoroughbreds. Purpose built, the house is in the Period style, and sits timelessly in the land. There are three generous bedrooms in the main house, as well as a welcoming kitchen, and more formal entertaining rooms. A semi-separate guest wing houses two further bedrooms, and this opens onto the stable yard.

Completely refurbished in 2015 by the current owners, the stable yard is an excellent working space for a variety of equine pursuits. There are nine looseboxes, a hay barn and plenty of outbuildings. Outside, approx 9.7ha (24 acres) of stud-railed paddocks provide limestone-enriched grazing, sheltered by mature trees.

The house itself has also been completely refurbished and redecorated, and the kitchen upgraded. Refurbishments include replumbing, rewiring, re-roofing, drylining and insulation, which means you benefit from a lovely family home, in a classic style, and yet in walk-in condition with all the contemporary comforts.

Reached via a curving, copper beech hedged avenue, and protected by security gates, Freynestown is a wonderful family home and equestrian facility. Close to Dublin, it is secure and comfortable, and has ample space for an easy life, full of dogs, ponies and horses, in the very heart of some of the very best Irish horse country, famed the world over.

Freynestown House

Clad in Virginia creeper, Freynestown House belies its relatively young age. From your first view, via the curving avenue, that takes you past meticulously cared-for fields and paddocks, it seems as if the house has been there forever. In fact, it was built some forty-five years ago, and has been more recently meticulously restored and upgraded.

A wide entrance hall, off which a stair curves upwards, leads to a very elegant dual aspect drawing room, which has French windows to the gardens, and is warmed by an open fire. Beyond this is a large dining room, that can host extensive and expansive dinner parties, or smaller family celebrations with ease.
Across the hall and to the right, the kitchen/breakfast room is a charming, sunny space with an Aga, and views across the sheltered and pretty patio and gardens. There is also a family room / den and a large utility room. This opens to a long hallway that gives access to a semi-separate bedroom wing, which houses two bedrooms, both ensuite, and a study.

Upstairs from the main hall, there are three bedrooms, all doubles, including a very generous master suite with its own dressing room and large ensuite.

Gardens and Grounds

Freynestown House is surrounded by mature gardens, with patios, lawns and formal planting. Beyond this is a well-designed stable yard that includes nine stables, a tack room, a lockup garage, a workshop, a three-span haybarn, two all-weather paddocks with shelters. There are two additional outdoor shelters in two of the fields.

The lands and paddocks extend to c9.7ha (24 acres) and are fully fenced with stud rails, and some copper beech hedging. The land at Freynestown is renowned for being limestone-rich, and so is ideal for breeding and rearing healthy, strong horses.

The gardens surrounding the house have been planted to reflect the Victorian-era aspect to the design, and are full of mature trees, plants and shrubs, including hosta, lupins and columbines. The curving drive, accessed by security gates, brings you through the paddocks, past well-tended copper beech hedging, right to the front door, and into another, beautiful world.

Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland, and Kildare is renowned as the Kingdom of the Irish Horse. Freynestown Stud is perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of both worlds. Just one hour from Dublin, Freynestown and its nearby village of Dunlavin are in rich landscape, close to the amenities of Blessington Lakes, and mountain walking in the Wicklows.

Dunlavin itself is a charming village, with a choice of schools, while more schools are to be found in nearby Newbridge and Naas. There are cafs, shops, restaurants and bars, and Rathsallagh House and the Rathsallagh Golf Club are also close at hand. For equestrian enthusiasts, Punchestown, Naas and the Curragh Racecourses are all within a short distance.

7km / 8 minutes' drive to Dunlavin

23km /20 minutes' drive to Blessington

25 km/ 25 minutes' drive to Newbridge

26km / 25 minutes' drive to Naas

70 km/ 1 hour to Dublin

77 km / 1 hour 5 mins to Dublin Airport

All distances and times are approximate.
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