DescriptionExceptional estate with a quality stud farm in a prime location
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Dollanstown was owned by the Hamilton Smythe family in the nineteenth century and for generations before. They are believed to have constructed the present house. The estate was taken over by the renowned horse trainer, Peter Purcell Gilpin, who established a stud at Dollanstown to run in conjunction with his stud at Newmarket. He sent out many notable winners, including two Derby winners and the mare, Pretty Polly, winner of 22 races.
In 1939, following the death of Mr Gilpin, his widow leased Dollanstown to Mr J A Dewar, nephew of Lord Dewar, with an option to purchase the estate upon her death. Mrs Gilpin died in 1948 and Dewar availed of the option, subsequently adding a further 76 acres. Mr Jack Olding purchased the estate in 1954, following Mr Dewar's death and after two years, sold it to Dr and Mme Plesch who added a further 100 acres to the estate to comprise a total of about 500 acres. Dr Plesch was a Doctor of Law, entrepreneur and horticulturalist, while his Austrian-born wife had a life-long affinity with horses. A total of 38 mares, fillies and yearlings were quickly acquired at public auction and privately to increase the broodmare band at Dollanstown.
The couple bred many notable winners at Dollanstown, including the Derby winner from 1961, Psidium. Arguably the greatest horse owned by Dr and Mme Plesch was Sassafras, whose highlight was success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The death of Dr Plesch in 1974 led to a dispersal sale in 1975. The estate had a number of Irish owners before it was purchased by the present owners in 1982. The adjoining farm at Ferrestown was purchased in 1992. The present owners created a International-standard event course.
Dollanstown Stud & Estate is an equestrian, agricultural and residential estate extending to about 284 acres (115 hectares) in total. It is situated in an area of Ireland which is famed worldwide for its equestrianism and combined with its excellent facilities, places Dollanstown in the premier league of country estates and stud farms in the country.
The estate comprises a wide range of assets including a fully modernised country house at its core. The house is set within formal grounds and includes well-balanced and beautifully proportioned accommodation.
Dollanstown includes an additional 6 residential properties which are of traditional construction and design. They provide employee accommodation and offer the potential for holiday cottages or longer term letting properties.
The estate has immaculate formal gardens, a beautiful walled garden, parkland and wooded policies.
The equestrianism at Dollanstown is the key feature with 71 stables spread over five yards, an all-weather gallop, two outdoor arenas, an indoor arena, a horse walker and an event course.
A livestock-rearing enterprise is presently run in-hand at Dollanstown with farm buildings. A particular advantage of the estate is the extent and quality of the farmland which lies in a contiguous block and has good access via the public roads and a network of internal roads and tracks.
The estate is partially enclosed by a traditional stone wall. While the house is within commuting distance of Dublin city centre and is just 23 kilometres from the M50 Dublin bypass, it occupies a private situation with no evidence of suburbia from the estate. The house and main yard are conveniently situated at the core of the estate.
1. Newtown Yard Lodge, BER No 111191458, BER D1
2. Gate Lodge Dollanstown, BER No 111191565, BER G
Dollanstown has a prime situation on the edge of the Meath/Kildare county border. County Meath is also known as the Royal County owing to it formerly being the seat of the High King of Ireland, while County Kildare has the reputation for being the centre of the Irish horse industry. The area is synonymous with equestrianism; being home to many of the world's leading stud farms, international bloodstock sales and the country's premier horse racing and eventing venues.
Bloodstock auctioneers can be found locally at Tattersalls in County Meath (21 kilometres) and Goffs in County Kildare (27 kilometres). Some of the country's top racecourses are a short distance away, including Fairyhouse Racecourse (21 kilometres), Naas Racecourse (25 kilometres), Punchestown Racecourse (33 kilometres), The Curragh Racecourse (40 kilometres) and Leopardstown Racecourse (46 kilometres). International Horse Trials take place at Tattersalls, while the famous Dublin Horse Show is 39 kilometres distant.
There is excellent hunting in the area with a number of local packs including the Meath, Ward Union and Kildare Foxhounds.
In addition, a key feature of the estate is its convenient location for accessing Ireland's capital city of Dublin (34 kilometres), the national motorway network (4 kilometres) and Dublin Airport (40 kilometres).
The historic, former market town of Kilcock is situated 2 kilometres to the south of Dollanstown. It is a thriving town with a vibrant community and provides for everyday amenities including supermarkets, cafés, post office, medical centre, dental practice, bank and numerous public houses and restaurants. Primary and secondary education are available in the town. Kilcock lies within the commuter belt and has a railway station with regular services to Dublin city.
The university town of Maynooth lies 7 kilometres to the southeast and provides a broader range of services and amenities.
Dublin city centre is about 34 kilometres to the east of the estate and offers the full range of amenities, services and culture expected of a capital city.
Dollanstown is well-placed for shopping, with the luxurious Kildare Village 38 kilometres to the southwest and the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, one of Ireland's largest shopping and leisure destinations, 23 kilometres distant.
Dublin's International Airport is 40 kilometres to the east and can be conveniently accessed via the M4 and M50. The port of Dun Laoghaire, situated to the southeast of Dublin city centre, is about 53 kilometres distant from Dollanstown and is accessed via the M4 and M50. It has regular ferry crossings to the UK.
The estate is well-located for private education, being 15 kilometres distant from Clongowes Wood College and 24 kilometres distant from The Kings Hospital School.
Golfers are well catered for in the surrounding area. Kilcock has a challenging 18-hole parkland course, while the exquisite Carton House Hotel and Golf Resort (home to the Irish Open) and the K Club (home to the Ryder Cup in 2006) are 8 and 14 kilometres distant, respectively.
There is a number of exciting driven pheasant shoots in the area, some of which offer let days.
DOLLANSTOWN HOUSE & COURTYARD
Dollanstown House is entered from a minor public road through a bell-mouthed stone wall with piers and cast-iron gates and is accessed via a hard-core sweeping driveway which has parking at the front.
Reportedly dating from the late 1700's, Dollanstown House occupies a private, south-facing position. It has undergone a full programme of renovation and redecoration to create a fine home fit for the future but retaining period charm. External features include a Venetian window, pedimented doorcase and brackets under the eaves on the southern façade.
The principal reception rooms and bedroom suites have been laid out specifically with comfortable family living in mind, where the spacious and well-equipped dining kitchen is the focal point, with its south and easterly aspects over the estate parkland from the bay window.
Notable internal period features include flagstones, sash and case windows, detailed carving within the wooden finishes, ceiling roses and cornicing, picture rails, fitted bookshelves in the library, decorative marble mantelpieces, timber floors and architraves.
The original staircase was referred to in one of The Irish Georgian Society's books on Georgian houses as being one of the finest examples of an unpainted hand-carved wooden staircase in Ireland. Now fully restored, it still retains its original grandeur.
The accommodation has a combination of double and triple glazing and is laid out over two floors, as shown on the accompanying plans.
The bedroom accommodation is laid out on the first floor and includes three bedroom suites plus two further bedrooms which share a shower room.
They are accessed off an impressive landing with a high ceiling and ample natural light. The master bedroom suite has access to a terrace with expansive views of the estate and includes a dressing area with laundry.
A useful feature of the house is that a wing situated to the north of the house provides the entertaining accommodation and includes a well-equipped kitchen, dining room and drawing room. The reception rooms have timber panelling, fireplaces with impressive mantelpieces and doors opening to the garden. The entertainment wing has a separate entrance vestibule at the rear of the house, where there is a WC.
A two-bedroom courtyard wing attached to the western elevation of the house and facing south provides self-contained accommodation over two storeys. It can be accessed on both floors directly from Dollanstown House. There is also an external access via the courtyard to the rear. It has triple glazing and a raised fireplace in the sitting room.
Adjoining the rear of the house is a former stable yard of traditional construction. It is over two storeys and laid out in a rectangular shape, forming a central courtyard which is laid to a combination of gravel and cobblestones with a central water feature and has a vehicular access through two archways. The courtyard has retained much of its original charm, including its fine masonry work and is the functional hub of the estate. The majority of the residential buildings in the courtyard have been upgraded to provide useful spillover or rental accommodation and include the following:
Attached to the Courtyard Wing and situated in the south-western corner of the courtyard is a two-bedroom cottage with accommodation over two storeys. It is accessed from the courtyard and includes a stove. Studio Apartment An external staircase leads to a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of the northern part of the courtyard. There is a stove in the sitting/dining room. It is conveniently located for the main stable yard.
The courtyard includes stables and three former coach houses, one with an office. A games room and store (created for estate staff) are on the first floor.
Gardens and Grounds
Dollanstown House is set within magnificent mature garden grounds and estate parkland. Lying to the west of the house and within the estate parkland is a walled garden. It is accessed from the house by a gravel driveway and through a cast-iron gate, while it can also be accessed via the public road through an archway.
The walled garden includes two glasshouses, areas of lawn, hedging, borders and beds of shrubs and flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees, pergola, gravel paths and vegetable gardens.
A formal garden is to the front and side of the house. It is enclosed by a cast-iron fence and is mainly laid to lawn interspersed by mature deciduous trees of mixed species, with some beds and borders and a water feature. A number of paths pass through the garden. A ha-ha is strategically positioned to create an uninterrupted view from the east of the house towards the estate parkland.
- 7-bedroom period house with wing
- Formal gardens, railed parkland
- 6 Further estate houses
- 71 Stables and all weather gallop
- 2 Outdoor and 1 indoor riding arenas
- Top quality limestone grassland
- About 115 hectares/284 acres
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
From the M4, exit at Junction 8, signposted for Kilcock and Clane. Take the R407 towards Clane and proceed to the roundabout. Take the first exit on to the R125 towards Kilcock and proceed through the town, continuing on the R125, passing over the Rye Water bridge. Bear left at the fork (signposted for Dollanstown Stud) and continue until arriving at the main entrance.
The Eircode for the property is W23 XY6K.
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