Mod­ern Wick­low es­tate with sta­bles, pad­docks and or­chards

Built in 1990 on part of for­mer Clon­man­non Es­tate, the spread was de­signed by ar­chi­tects Sheehan & Barry

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

‘‘ There are ad­di­tional sta­bles to the front – de­signed to cre­ate sym­me­try with the cot­tage. Th­ese have po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion

De­scrip­tion: Spa­cious fam­ily home and guest cot­tage on 28 acres with sta­bles Agent: Col­liers South Lodge sits on t he grounds of Clon­man­non Es­tate just out­side Ash­ford in Co Wick­low. The es­tate, orig­i­nally owned by Sir Al­fred Ch­ester Beatty, the min­ing mag­nate and phi­lan­thropist, was di­vided up and sold by its last owner, Prin- cess Frances Colonna di Stigliano in 1983.

At the time, 28 acres were pur­chased by Dr Beate Schüler, who de­vel­oped the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Iropharm with her fa­ther Dr Wil­helm Schüler, em­ploy­ing 600 peo­ple in the lo­cal­ity. In 1990, Beate en­gaged con­ser­va­tion ar­chi­tects Sheehan & Barry to design a pe­riod-style house on the grounds and take full ad­van­tage of the views and southerly as­pect.

The cur­rent own­ers – co­in­ci­dently also in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal busi­ness – are David and Nora Dodd. They bought the house in 2006 and added a new kitchen to the rear of the prop­erty – again de­signed by Sheehan & Barry.

“It was the ideal spot to raise a fam­ily, with ex­ten­sive gar­dens and fresh air,” says David, “We built sta­bles and a sand arena, as there are 14 acres of pad­docks and we have kept up to eight horses here.”

Kitchen gar­den

The ad­di­tional 14 acres com­prise two or­chards, a kitchen gar­den, park­lands and an acre of specif­i­cally planted wood­land. The bounty from the gar­dens pro­vides an an­nual sup­ply of wal­nuts, figs, ap­ples, pears and plums in ad­di­tion to a plethora of veg­eta­bles. “We have never had to buy cut flow­ers as the gar­den is full of colour year round.”

Dr Schüler, a keen gar­dener, had planted a host of climbers: roses, Chi­nese wis­te­ria, and clema­tis – which cover most of the ex­te­rior lend­ing a sense that the prop­erty is a lot older than its 28 years.

Ex­tend­ing to 464sq m (5,000sq ft), there are four fine en suite bed­rooms – the main bed­room is par­tic­u­larly spa­cious.

Re­cep­tion rooms

In­te­ri­ors were de­signed by Ryle and Com­pany and con­sist of three re­cep­tion rooms all of which spill out on to sun-drenched pa­tios. In ad­di­tion there is a large study, which could work as a fifth bed­room.

The prop­erty comes with a sep­a­rate 98sq m (1,054sq ft) two-bed cot­tage. There are ad- di­tional sta­bles to the front – de­signed to cre­ate sym­me­try with the cot­tage. Th­ese have po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion but as it stands the prop­erty is spa­cious, and as it is a re­cent build does not have the headaches as­so­ci­ated with a pe­riod house.

The real sell­ing point of the house, be­sides the large com­fort­able in­te­ri­ors, are the metic­u­lous grounds.

The sta­bles and pad­docks will ap­peal to equine en­thu­si­asts; in fact the late horse trainer, Paddy Pren­der­gast leased the lands as gal­lops for his race­horses.

The Dodds are plan­ning a move to Dublin, and are sell­ing South Lodge through Col­liers for ¤2.75 mil­lion.

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