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Knocktoran Stud – Magnificent Pasturelands and a Track Record for Breeding Success

Knocktoran Stud, Elton, Killmallock, Co. Limerick Working Stud Farm & Residences on approx. 251 acres

Coonan Property are honoured to offer this wonderful property to the market.  This stud farm has been designed and operated to a standard synonymous with care, quality, and winning.

Knocktoran House & Stud is an outstanding equestrian and residential estate on approx. 251 acres (101.6 ha).  This property presents one of the finest opportunities in recent years to acquire both an extensive and renowned equestrian stud farm in Co. Limerick, which is well-served with residential accommodation and modern equestrian facilities.  Knocktoran Stud is well positioned in the heart of Co. Limerick making it extremely accessible via both the M7 and the M8 and ideally located approximately one hour from Shannon Airport and Cork Airport.   

The property is approached by a delightful, tree lined, winding country road and sits at the end of a charming driveway. .  It is located on a quiet country road ideal for peaceful horse breeding and well serviced by internal roadways.  A unique feature is the excellent shelter provided by the mature hedging throughout the property, there are also established tree plantations dotted throughout the farm.

The farm consists of approximately 251 acres (101.6 ha) of land divided by a public road.  The property benefits from over 2km of road frontage with numerous access points, it is also bound by the Morningstar River to the west with over 1.5km of frontage and bound by the Cork to Dublin train line.  The top-quality lands are mostly stud rail fenced with a good road network throughout for ease of management.  This extensive stud farm is in exceptional condition, and ready to go as a thriving equestrian business venture, or other agricultural enterprises, or a combination of both. 

There are four residential properties attached to Knocktoran Stud.  The main residence, Knocktoran House, overlooking the Slievereagh Mountains is a delightful Georgian residence dating back to 1847.  The main house has retained many of its period features including a stunning courtyard overlooked by an office and three bedroom apartment.  The main residence is surrounded by mature woodlands and gardens including a walled garden with a hornbeam walk, two green houses and fruit tree orchard.  There is also a two bedroom detached gate lodge and the separate three bedroom stewards house.  There is plenty of accommodation to help a working farm to thrive, and to run a tight knit team.

The yards are in pristine condition.  Cut stone buildings accommodating the stables, manicured lawns plus quality livestock handling facilities.

The main yard comprises of 32 loose boxes including two stallion boxes, six foaling boxes, veterinary stocks, tack room and setting up room.  It has a two storey stewards house which comprises of three bedrooms and well-proportioned living accommodation.  There are also two garages positioned in the main yard which is laid out in a courtyard style with a central lawn area.

Yard 2 comprises of a nursery barn in an American style barn with nine loose boxes, a seven-bay hayshed with lean-to which is laid out as three loose sheds and a teaser box. There is also a cattle crush, dung heap, machinery shed, three furlong all weather gallop, indoor horse walker and lunging ring.  There is also a wintering shed that is timber panelled for additional safety for bloodstock.

The Hillfield area of the farm to the northeast which is laid out in six divisions contains seven isolation boxes, lean-to shed lined with timber panelling for safety and stoned yard.

Background; Knocktoran Stud has been in the present owners’ hands since 1987 and has an outstanding reputation in the bloodstock industry.  The property has been home to many Group winners and top-class racehorses in recent times.

They have been extremely successful in producing high class winners including Précieuse winner of the 2017 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Group 1 and Tie Black winner of the same Classic in 2008. Dolled Up, La Barrosa, Mayhem and Fancy Me all of which are Group 3 winners with other Group winners such as Scottish and G Force.

Other winners include Roseman, Sea Theme, Sky Angel and Baradar.

Previous owner Geoffrey T. Brooke a well-known English racehorse trainer kept bloodstock for John Pearse.

The present owners have also kept bloodstock for G.A. Oldham of Citadel Stud. 

This is a rare chance to purchase a stud farm on this scale that is a breed apart.  The property is being sold by Public Auction on September, 28th 2023 at 3pm in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick and is being offered in 4 lots, as follows;

  • Lot 1 – Approx. 99 acres (40 ha) with gate lodge, stewards house, yard, gallops and isolation yard
  • Lot 2 – Knocktoran House on approx. 15.2 acres (6.2 ha)
  • Lot 3 – Approx. 137 acres (55.4 ha) with outbuildings
  • Lot 4 – The Entire on approx. 251 acres (101.6 ha)

Knocktoran Stud is guiding in excess of €3,700,000.

Will Coonan of Coonan Property comments that “Coonan Property are honoured to commence the marketing of Knocktoran Stud, 251 acres of excellence that has been developed and cared for to the highest standards”.  He also commented that “The current owners purchased this farm in 1987 because the quality of the lands in this area are renowned for its suitability for the production of bloodstock and livestock.  This phenomenal property coming up for sale presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of Limericks hidden gems and a stud farm renowned for producing bold type bloodstock”.

  For further information please contact Will Coonan or Philip Byrne of Coonan Property on 01 628 6128 or email: for further information or to arrange a viewing.

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