- For sale
Ballybrada is a charming small estate located in the sought-after county of Tipperary. The estate includes an imposing period house with self-contained staff / guest wing. The property is set within delightful and colourful grounds together with courtyard, fine woodland and top-quality grazing land extending to approx. 40 ha (100 acres) bordered by and with fishing rights over the River Suir.
Ballybrada was built in 1879 by Belfast architects Otway and Watt using skilled local craftsmen with materials sourced from around the world. The accommodation at Ballybrada is a wonderful example of comfortable period living. The Victorian charm is conveyed by many of the original features which are still present throughout the property.
The appealing and welcoming accommodation includes, four well-proportioned reception rooms with open fireplaces and large bay windows and a modern kitchen/breakfast room with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
On the first floor there are five bedrooms, two with separate dressing rooms and two bathrooms. The wing of the property is in use as a self - contained guest / staff apartment over two floors which contains a living room, kitchen with stores, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
There is a small basement with wine cellar and storage rooms.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The house is approached by a long avenue from where it enjoys a fine elevated position with spectacular views over the Suir Valley and a magnificent vista towards the Knockmealdown Mountains. The house has a great southern aspect and grants a superb view onto the mountain range.
It is a piece of paradise for nature lovers providing leisure activities like fishing, riding or walking.
The terraced lawns are generously laid out. Old, mature and many rare younger trees are found throughout the gardens. Special species include Mammut, Paulownia, Handkerchief, Magnolia, Camellia, Raisin and Fern Elder trees.
Sloping down to the river an informal woodlandgarden contains some 50 species of rhododendron, azalea, ferns and other native woodland plants. The estate has a walled garden of about 1 acre which is home to an ancient Mulberry tree and an orchard with old apple varieties. In spring carpets of bluebells emerge, turning the woodland into a colourful spectacle.
The estate, in all about 40 ha (100 acres), with approx. 60 acres of well-maintained land, suitable for both tillage and livestock and has been organically farmed for the past 36 years. The balance of the land comprises native woodland, avenue and grounds.
The River Suir, the Tonogue River and several small streams form an integral part of the estates character. The River Suir that borders the estates’ land is well known for its stock of salmon and trout and approx. 1.4 km of single bank fishing rights are included in the sale.
36 years of organic farming has created a haven for wildlife. When you stroll along the banks of the river you may encounter an otter, heron, dipper or even a kingfisher and in the callows snipe or curlew.
Walking through the woods you might come upon pheasants, woodcock, tree creeper and jay; with foxes and badgers at dusk. At night you may hear young Kestrels or Barn Owls, more than 50 bird species live on or visit the estate. Researchers from Cork University have discovered some insects which haven’t been recorded in the area for years.
At the entrance to the property there is a single-story gate lodge and although in need of refurbishment would make a delightful residence.
Close to the house is a charming single storey cut stone and brick courtyard, which includes matching former staff cottages that could very easily be converted into living accommodation. Five stables stand in their original condition with timber lined walls and ceilings, timber doors with iron bars and cast-iron feed mangers. Along with these stables there is a tack room with timber panelling, a groom’s room/studio and a feed room.
A coach house with three sets of double doors offers ample storage and workshop space. Under this coach house and approached from the garden is a former gardener’s room with tool house, apple house, farm office, fuel store and potting shed.
More recently a modern 5 bay multi-purpose shed was erected to facilitate the newly installed wood chip heating system.
For the equine enthusiast Ballybrada is located at the heart of the bloodstock racing industry, close to many stud farms including the renowned Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle racing stables. There are racecourses nearby at Tipperary, Clonmel and Thurles. There is hunting locally with The Ormond, Golden Vale and Tipperary's.
Alternatively, there is golfing nearby at Cahir Golf course, hill walking in the Knockmealdown Mountains, angling on the River Suir from the banks of the property and for food lovers there is the local Cahir Farmers Market which sells local produce every Saturday.
- Cahir 7 km
- Limerick 78 km
- Cork 81 km
- Wexford 122 km
- Dublin 191 km
Beautiful Victorian 5 bed period country home
Mature and very private setting
The entire extends to approx. 40 ha (100 acres)
Courtyard with coach house
Private water supply from 200ft. deep well plus public water connection on stand by
Self-sufficient heating from wood chip boiler
Oil fired boiler on stand by
Centrally monitored fire and burglar alarm systems
Strictly by appointment