DescriptionDOLLANSTOWN ESTATE, KILCOCK, COUNTY MEATH, IRELAND
A splendid late-Georgian country home, enjoying a majestic position within delightful gardens, as the centrepiece of a glorious parkland estate. Enjoying a remarkable position deep within the estate, comprising some 284 acres or 115 hectares, magnificent panoramic vistas are captured from large windows throughout all the principal rooms. Whilst an extremely picturesque and private estate with a rich equestrian provenance the position is equally desirable, being just 21 miles or 34 kilometres from Dublin city centre and about 30 minutes driving of Dublin International airport.
Dollanstown House is quite beautiful, and when considered within the context of the glorious gardens and wider picturesque estate, it is nestled within, the effect is decidedly magical. Dating to circa 1780 the house features all the charm and eloquence of late-Georgian design. The principal rooms are well-proportioned and benefit from good natural light and fine decorative features, such as large timber sash windows, tall ceilings and restrained plasterwork. Accommodation within the house extends to some 8,396 square feet or 780 square metres and includes 5 reception rooms and 7 bedrooms. A guest cottage and studio apartment within the enclosed courtyard provide further accommodation, giving a total of some 10,494 square feet or 975 square metres combined. A manager’s house and 3 gate lodges complete the accommodation within the estate.
Quite a feature of Dollanstown Estate are the remarkable gardens and grounds. The formal gardens surrounding the house are laid out in carefully clipped lawns interspersed with many notable and mature shrubs. A magnificent and intact walled garden is serenely private and quiet. The wider grounds of the estate comprise well-timbered and highly fertile parkland augmented with belts of mature woodland. Well maintained throughout the overall effect of the estate is visually pleasing. Being within a single contiguous block the estate has superb internal roadways and bridal ways and offers great amenity for leisure rides and walks, taking in a pleasant mixture of open parkland, woodland shelter belts and copses.
The renowned horse trainer, Peter Purcell Gilpin, ran a stud at Dollanstown in conjunction with his stud in Newmarket. Dollanstown was subsequently owned by an Austrian couple, who bred many notable winners at Dollanstown, including the Derby winner from 1961, Psidium. This strong equestrian tradition continued with the present owner, a former Swedish international event rider, who, seeking an elegant country house with lands suitable to keep and train champion horses, purchased in 1982.
Subsequently an International-standard event course was created at Dollanstown, with an assortment of testing cross country fences over varying terrain, including woodlands and open parkland. Among notable events held were trials for the Olympic Games and European Championships in three-day eventing. A Derby Course has been used in competition up to 2016. There is also a 1.5 mile or 2,400 metre all-weather gallop. There are 3 stable yards within the estate. The main stable yard is positioned nearby to the main house and manager’s house and comprises 14 loose boxes and is augmented by the 4 original stables within the courtyard, indoor and outdoor arenas, a covered 6-bay horse walker and a large Dutch barn, used for hay and straw storage.
An in-hand farm is operated alongside the equestrian enterprises. The woods are mainly laid out as shelter belts or small copses and provide shelter, privacy and amenity. An additional, adjacent, out-farm comprising some 80 acres or 32.4 hectares can also be purchased.
Eircode W23 XY6K, GPS Location 53.4118548 (latitude), -6.6490713 (longitude)
Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty and Savills (Ireland)
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