- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 11.92 ac
Superb contemporary home with state-of-the-art equestrian facilities
Sherwood House is a magnificent property which, along with an extensive range of outbuildings and formal grounds, has been meticulously developed by the present owners. It occupies an elevated position on the fringe of the popular town of Athy, with a stunning, expansive outlook over the Kildare countryside towards the Dublin Mountains.
The property is accessed through a stone wall entrance with piers and electrically operated, iron gates, which open to an attractive sweeping tarmacadam driveway, flanked by laurel hedging and leading to parking at the front and rear of the house. Constructed in 2004, Sherwood House extends to about 6,488 square feet of bright and spacious accommodation which is laid out over two floors and includes a floored attic space. A key feature of the exterior of the house are the bay windows which benefit from the exceptional uninterrupted views.
The house is entered through beautiful wooden double doors with a fanlight above which open to an impressive, light-filled reception hall with an oak floor and bifurcated staircase with gallery landing. Upon entering the property, the detail and finishes are notable, with the accommodation being suitable for both modern family living and entertaining.
The entrance hall provides access to the two principal reception rooms which are positioned to the front of the house. The drawing room includes an ornate fireplace and double doors which open into the games room/bar. This room includes a fireplace, fitted oak cabinet with bar and French windows which open onto an enclosed courtyard.
Also off the reception hall is a cosy sitting room with stove and double doors opening into an open plan living room and dining kitchen. The focal point of the house, it is a spacious area which benefits from ample natural daylight. The modern kitchen is well laid out with beautifully crafted and extensive range of floor and wall mounted units. It also contains stylish oak worktops, a five-door oil-fuelled AGA cooker, electric hobs and an electric oven.
The bedroom accommodation is laid out on the first floor and is accessed via the main staircase which opens onto a spacious gallery landing that leads to five generously proportioned bedrooms. The master bedroom suite is positioned to the front of the house with exceptional views. It includes a bathroom with a pair of wash hand basins and a walk-in wardrobe. There are three further bedroom suites, plus a fifth bedroom and adjoining family bathroom.
Outbuildings & Equestrian Facilities
To the rear of the house is a range of outbuildings of modern construction, with ample tarmacadam and hardcore aprons, private water and mains electricity supplies. The outbuildings include:
L-shaped stable block where one half is used as a gym, with wooden floors, heating and two sets of glass double doors. On the other side are three loose boxes.
Workshop in 2 bays of steel frame construction with a box profile roof and cladding, block walls and a concrete floor.
Machinery shed in 2 bays of steel frame construction with a box profile roof and cladding, and a concrete floor. A third bay is divided and includes two horse shelters.
Equestrian complex in 6 bays of steel portal frame construction with a box profile roof and cladding, block walls and a concrete floor. It includes a floodlit sand arena with kickboards, sprinklers, sound system and three up and over rolling doors, five loose boxes with stable doors facing in and out of the barn, a wash down area and WC. It also includes a superb tack room with sink, heating system, electricity and multiple wall mounted units for saddles, bridles and rugs. Above the stables is a viewing area where shavings and hay are currently stored. There is a covered area for lorries to be parked.
The equestrian facilities include a four-horse walker, 30m x 40m outdoor sand area with floodlights, midden, underground water store and a sand turnout paddock.
Gardens & Grounds
Sherwood House extends to about 11.92 acre/4.82 hectares in total. It sits amidst established landscaped garden grounds which are predominantly laid to lawn and include paths and pergolas. There are a number of raised flowerbeds positioned around the house with many flowering plants and shrubs, as well as an orchard offering a variety of fruit trees and a vegetable garden.
A walled courtyard adjoining the western elevation of the house is well-positioned to take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun. It is sheltered and includes a built-in wood burning stove. The grounds also include a tennis court and a golf pad which are both floodlit.
The grass paddocks lie to the north and south of the house and outbuildings. They are easily accessed via internal tracks and have drinking troughs.
Sherwood House is situated just a short drive (3 km) from the picturesque and historic town of Athy. Founded in the 12th Century on a river crossing, Athy takes its name from a 2nd Century battle fought there which resulted in the death of Ae, son of a Munster Chieftain. Thereafter the river crossing was known in Gaelic as Ath Ae (meaning the Ford of Ae), a name subsequently anglicised as Athy.
The town provides a wide range of amenities including restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets. The Clanard Court Hotel is just 3 kilometres from the property and includes an excellent restaurant and spa facilities. The large neighbouring towns of Carlow (21 km) and Kildare (24 km) also provide further shopping and entertainment facilities, including Kildare Village, a renowned shopping destination nestled within beautiful, landscaped grounds. It is one of the 11 worldwide Luxury Brand shopping destinations with 60 brands having their sole operating stores in Ireland in the shopping village.
County Kildare is synonymous with the bloodstock industry, famous for its world-renowned stud farms and busy racing calendar. The Curragh Racecourse is considered to be one of the finest racetracks in the world. Home of The Irish Classics, it is steeped in history and tradition where racing dates back to the 1720' s. Punchestown, home of Irish national hunt racing, and Naas racetracks are both within 39 km of the property. County Kildare is also home to The Irish National Stud, together with The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra' s Garden. There are numerous cross country and show jumping schooling facilities within boxing distance.
Kilkea Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is located just 8 kilometres away and is a beautiful venue to enjoy afternoon tea, walk around their formal gardens or dine at their many restaurants including Restaurant 1180, a unique dining experience in the majestic 12th Century Castle. Golf enthusiasts are well catered for locally with Athy Golf Club (4 km), Kilkea Castle Golf Club (8 km) and the renowned Mount Wolseley Hotel & Golf Resort (29 km). The keen huntsman has a choice of packs, notably the Kildare Foxhounds, Laois Hunt and Carlow Hunt. Athy is also home to several sporting clubs including Gaelic, rugby, and soccer clubs.
The property is conveniently located 8 kilometres from the M9 motorway which connects with Dublin via the M7. Athy has an excellent transport network including a train station just 3 kilometres distant which is on the Dublin to Waterford intercity route. There are also daily bus services to Dublin city and Dublin airport.
There are a number of local primary and secondary schools close by including, Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy Model School and ColÃƒÂ¡iste LorcÃƒÂ¡in to name a few.
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