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Ballynoe House
Ardattin, Carlow

Originally built by the Ricky family, this residence is a fine late Georgian two storey house which according to author Jimmy O' Toole' s book " The Carlow Gentry" originally stood on circa 600 acres and was one of Carlow' s smaller estates. Reduced this century to approximately 50 acres,

Ballynoe has had a number of interesting owners over the years. Renowned architect Sam Stephenson owned the property for a time in the 1970' s. The current owners have made Ballynoe House their home for the last fourteen years during which time they bred many fine draught horses from Ballynoe.

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the area has much to offer those interested in country pursuits. The Slaney Valley and the renowned Altamont gardens are just a five minute drive from the property with the choice of first class championship golf courses including Mount Wolseley Golf & Country Club in nearby Tullow, Killerig Castle Golf & Country Club, Carlow 27 hole championship course, Coolattin Golf Club. It is in the country of the Carlow Hunt, and there is also excellent trout fishing on the River Barrow which flows through Carlow town which also provides facilities for boating and cruising. There are a number of gun clubs in the area and private shoots within easy drive which are always in need of new guns. The scenic Wicklow way walk passes the nearby village of Clonegal and provides beautiful walks through the Slaney Valley and the Wicklow Hills.

This is a fine cut stone granite wall and cast iron gates set off a quiet country road leads onto a gravelled lane surrounded by mature trees. At its end stands Ballynoe House on an elevated site taking advantage of the fine views of the rolling countryside and farmland and the Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains.

THE STUD FARM:- Circa 49 acres including residence, gardens and pleasure grounds the lands are arable of excellent quality currently in permanent pasture, with water to all paddocks and due to the lay of the lands can provide great shelter for livestock.

The enclosed cut stone stable yard, containing 9 loose boxes, tack and feed rooms, hay and straw barns are all beautifully maintained, and are an attractive addition to the property. A new machinery and feed storage shed was constructed in 1998.

Surrounding the house and gardens are fine ornamental standing trees, an attractive circa 2 acre old stone walled ornamental garden with extensive orchard, herb & vegetable area, heated swimming pool with adjoining changing rooms and sauna housed in a timber framed pavilion.

To the western boundary of the property lies the river Slaney and Ballynoe has the benefit of salmon fishing rights for approximately 2kms on the bank adjoining the property. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty near the popular Aghade Bridge with a picturesque river walk along the bank. The fishing along the bank is excellent with eight weirs, four named pools a long the beat providing varied and productive water at mort levels. A small fisherman' s lodge along the bank provides welcome refuge from the summer showers.

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