Ardsallagh Estate is a most attractive and peacefully situated residential and equestrian estate with amenity extending to about 61 acres (25 hectares) in total. At its core is a superb, modernised country house dating from circa 1780 with beautifully proportioned and well-balanced accommodation.
Supplementing the accommodation to the main house is a gate lodge of traditional construction which is in need of refurbishment. There is also a charming cobblestoned courtyard which includes residential accommodation for guests or staff. Notably, the estate includes immaculate formal gardens (including an Italian garden, kitchen garden and herbaceous garden), informal grounds and parkland.
The agricultural element of the estate comprises excellent grassland which is grazed by horses and cattle. The equestrian facilities at Ardsallagh includes 13 loose boxes, a 6-horse walker, ancillary stores and turnout paddocks.
Ardsallagh House is an imposing period property occupying a tranquil setting with stunning views of the rolling countryside and onto the Slievenamon hills.
Accessed via a walled entrance, flanked by beautiful limestone piers with moulded caps, double-leaf cast-iron gates and cast-iron railings, Ardsallagh House is approached along a sweeping gravel avenue lined by parkland on both sides, which leads to a parking area at the front of the house.
Ardsallagh House dates back to the 18th Century and occupies an east-facing position. In three-bays, the principal accommodation is laid out over two-storeys, with supplementary accommodation included in a basement, while there is also a spacious attic level. The light-filled accommodation is of generous and elegant proportions, as shown on the accompanying plans. Extending to about 6,542 sq ft (607 sq m), it has been comprehensively renovated to transform this historic house into a magnificent property, fit for hosting lavish house parties and comfortable family living, in equal measure.
Upon entering the house, an aura of grandeur is evident with period features in the reception hall, which continue throughout the formal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation. With a flagstone floor and beautiful ceiling rose, the entrance hall gives access to the drawing room and dining room positioned to the front of the house. Both rooms have high ceilings, decorative open fireplaces, bay windows with shutters and magnificent cornicing.
The modern kitchen is a spacious room with a beautifully crafted and extensive range of bespoke solid wood kitchen units with solid granite worktops. The kitchen contains an AGA range cooker and has an attractive outlook to the flagged courtyard and manicured garden. Also on the ground floor return is the cosy sitting room with a wood burning stove and doors to the former sunroom. Off the kitchen is a rear hall with utility room, laundry, a store and a bathroom with WC. The office is also located here, and there is a back porch giving direct access to the yard. Also to the rear of the kitchen is a flower room giving direct access to the yard with guest WC.
The bedroom accommodation is laid out over the first floor and is accessed via a spectacular staircase which opens to a spacious landing. The landing leads to the four principal and generously proportioned bedrooms, three of which have en suite bathrooms. The master bedroom suite includes a bathroom, dressing room and an impressive bay window with expansive views of the rolling parkland.
The basement area has a boot room and stores which offer potential for providing further accommodation and storage. It extends to about 196 square metres/2,112 square feet.
Gardens and Grounds
A key feature of the estate is the spectacular landscaped garden grounds which surround the house. They form a beautiful parkland setting and include some outstanding specimen trees, which provide colour as well as shelter and privacy. The formal gardens are notable and were designed and planted by Betty Farquhar in the 1950’s. Housing a renowned plant collection, they include an Italian garden, solarium lawn, walled kitchen garden, shrubbery, walled herbaceous border with Liscannor stone flagged central walkway and a Liscannor stone flagged walled courtyard immediately to the rear of the house.
Outbuildings and Equestrian Facilities
Ardsallagh Estate includes a charming, extensive range of traditional outbuildings which are situated to the rear of the house. They are laid out in two main courtyards, with access via the main driveway and also a secondary farm access from a minor public road forming the western boundary.
Ardsallagh Estate has a peaceful and rural setting located in the Premier County of Tipperary yet is conveniently located just a short drive from the M8 motorway (10 km). The property is located by the picturesque town of Fethard which overlooks the River Clashawley. The town is enriched with history containing the most complete medieval town wall in Ireland with over 90% of the original 1,125m stone wall surviving. The town has an array of amenities including excellent restaurants, traditional pubs, shops and boutique stores.
The historic town of Cashel located 12 km north of the property is home to the famous Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions, and the recently opened five-star Cashel Palace Hotel. Cashel provides a further range of amenities including restaurants, bars, supermarkets, professional services, schools and a hospital.
There are few places in the world with a bloodstock breeding and racing tradition as rich as that in County Tipperary. It is home to some of the most iconic studs and training establishments in Europe, while the county features popular racecourses at Thurles, Tipperary and Clonmel. Tipperary is one of the leading economic contributors to the Irish breeding and racing industry with all core industry sectors well represented including the thoroughbred breeding industry which Tipperary is best known for, being the headquarters of the largest global breeding operation, Coolmore.
There are excellent transport links nearby including the M8 motorway (Junction 8) which is only 10 kilometres from the property and connects Dublin to Cork via the M7 interchange. There is also a regular Dublin to Cork train service running from Thurles (24 km). Daily bus services operate from Cashel and Clonmel to Limerick, Cork and Dublin. The area is also well-positioned for airports, including Shannon Airport (98 km), Cork Airport (108 km) and Dublin Airport (183 km).
There is no shortage of exceptional golf courses nearby with Slievenamon Golf Course being 10 kilometres distant, Clonmel Golf Club 24 kilometres distant and Cahir Golf Club (29 km). The Championship Dundrum House Golf Club designed by 1995 Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton is located 24 kilometres from the property. There is excellent trout/salmon fishing on the River Suir and hill walking is available at the Galtee Mountains.
Moyglass National School serves local primary education needs while for secondary education, there are excellent schools in Fethard, Cashel and Clonmel. The area is also well served for private education including Rockwell College, Glenstal Abbey, Presentation Secondary School and Ursuline Secondary School, which offer education for both day pupils and full-time boarding.