Knocktoran Stud, Elton, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick on approx. 251 acres
Knocktoran Stud, Elton, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick on approx. 251 acres
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EPI: 271.93 kWh/m2/yr
• An exceptional residential stud farm with outstanding facilities on approx. 251 acres (101.6 ha) with extensive frontage to the Morningstar River
• The top-quality lands are mostly stud rail fenced with a good road network throughout for ease of management
• The property has been developed by its current owners with traditional outbuildings, extensive range of farm buildings, parkland plus walled and formal gardens overlooking Slievereagh
• Knocktoran House is a charming two storey over basement Georgian residence extending to approx. 6,900 sq.ft. (641 sq.m.)
• The farm also includes a gate lodge, main yard including 32 loose boxes, a three-bedroom stewards house and an additional yard containing an American style barn with nine loose boxes
• Additional facilities include an oval three furlong all weather gallop, indoor six places horse walker and lunging ring, a number of isolation boxes and foaling boxes, veterinary stocks, tack room and multiple garages
Type of Transaction
For Sale by Public Auction on the 28th of September 2023 at 3pm in the Castletroy Hotel, Limerick and will be offered for sale in the following lots:
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 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 stud farm in Co. Limerick, which is well-served with residential accommodation and modern 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 – in total approx. 10 acres (4.04 ha). Also included is an evergreen forest (planted 20 years ago) which extends to approx. 6 acres (2.42 ha).
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 - Dublin train line. 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 such as original high cornice ceilings, original wooden floors and three original period marble fireplaces in the study, drawing room and dining room. There is also a stunning orangery to the rear of the property overlooking the lawn tennis court and Slievereagh. The main residence includes a stunning courtyard overlooked by an office and three bedroom apartment. It 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 and 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.
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.
Located in the Golden Vale, Kilmallock is set in the valley of the River Loobagh, at the foot of the Ballyhoura Hills to the south and with the Galtee mountains to the east. It is an attractive town of great cultural and heritage value approximately 10km from the N20 Limerick – Cork Road. Services in the town include primary and post-primary schools, a library and theatre, post office, Garda station, veterinary practices, medical clinics, retail and other businesses.
1km to Elton, 9km to Kilmallock, 22km to Tipperary, 33km to Limerick, one hour to Shannon Airport and Cork Airport, an hour and 40 minutes to the Curragh and Irish National Stud. 30km to the M8 (to Limerick and Dublin) via Hospital.
Other studs in the area include: Mount Coote Stud, Kilfrush Stud, Knockaney Stud and Martinstown Stud.
The area has a wonderful selection of social facilities including Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Club, Dromoland Castle Hotel, the Dunraven Arms and Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Club.
The principal soil association at Knocktoran Stud is the Elton series. The soils are derived from dominantly limestone drift with an admixture of sandstone, shale and volcanic materials. The bedrock in general is limestone except in the south of the county. The soils of this series are well drained, of loam texture and of high base status.
Extract from Soils of Co. Limerick, National Soil Survey of Ireland.
Mains electricity, septic tanks for foul drainage, oil fired central heating to the residential properties and yard, plus private water supplies with well and a group water scheme. The main house has a dual zoned oil fired central heating system. Electric gates to the main house & farm entrance. Security camera system providing coverage to the main areas of the farm and houses.
Inclusions in the Sale
The yards and outbuildings are being sold as seen with some exclusions noted in the contracts. The residential properties are being sold as seen with carpets and light fittings with some exclusions noted in the contracts.
BER details will be supplied with contracts.
Kennedy Frewen O'Sullivan, St. Michael Street, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary
T: 062 51184
Contact Kennedy Frewen O'Sullivan for all title enquiries.
By prior appointment at any reasonable hour.
From Dublin take the M7 to Limerick and exit at Junction 29, turn left at the top of the interchange. At the first roundabout take the second exit and proceed to Eircode V35 HD27.
T: +353 (0)1 610 6053
T: +353 (0)1 505 2708
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.