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A Curragh Cottage Curiosity

The Curragh Stud, County Kildare


An expansive rural cottage brimming with exotic personality and charm, this home sits comfortably alongside an enduring racehorse training enterprise in the heart of County Kildare – Home of the Thoroughbred.
Host to Ireland's Premier Flat Racecourse, and bordering the Wicklow mountains, The Curragh is less than an hour from the centre of Dublin City.

the drawing room

Traditional yet idiosyncratic interiors

For a time during the 1960’s American socialite and racehorse owner Liz Whitney Tippett invited friends, including actors Burgess Meredith, Gregory Peck, John Houston, Bing Crosby and others here to the 18th century farmhouse that she had converted for the purpose.
And it is that same sense of privilege that permeates these fat, rustic, stone walls today. This is a home that is no stranger to entertaining.

entrance gates cobbled yard drawing room furniture

A grand reception room stretches through the central part of the L shaped cottage, with a drawing room at one end where a broad carved fireplace with shoulder high mantle, is the host to a couple of generous sofas – not quite a pair – and adjacent to double doors that open onto the private gravelled entrance courtyard.

dawing room rugs
Rates & Dates view over wall

Persian rugs embellish an already carpeted floor, and table lamps jostle for position on surfaces busy with books, ornaments and the cherished paraphernalia of generations.

At the far end of this space, a formal dining area is dominated by a slender antique dining table of polished rough-hewn oak boards, that can easily accommodate eight.
Occasional furniture and dressers, heaving with collections of blue willow china, are all of the antique mahogany and oak variety.

spiral stairway collections of china dining table detail
conservatory furniture

Parallel to the drawing room, a verdant conservatory spans the length of the sunny southern elevation and looks out onto the tree lined lawn.

dining room the kitchen

In common with many rural homes, the kitchen which occupies a heterogeneous space at the end of the house, is the usual entrance. Country cottage in style with Aga range, pine presses, table and ceiling, and a rugged glazed brick floor, the room morphs into a relaxing living area at one end, with open fireplace and TV so you don’t miss a race…

kitchen sitting area

Extending to the garden side, a panoramic dining bay of lattice windows encloses a cosy table for six with traditional Windsor cottage chairs.

breakfast bay window

In a small utility pantry off the kitchen you will find an electric hob, fridge and kitchen sink, as well as access to a WC.

conservatory view bay window table flower arrangement water pump feature
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range with 2 ovens and 2 hotplates
• Electric 4 ring Hob in utility room
• Fridge-freezer, in utility room plus Fridge in Snack Kitchen
• Dishwasher plus 1 in Snack Kitchen
• Microwave plus 1 in Snack Kitchen
• Electric kettle plus 1 in Snack Kitchen
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine in utility room
• Clothes Dryer in utility room
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two Super King-size & two single beds
• Hairdryer
• 2 Trouser presses

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 4 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports
• DVD player & Games console in living room
• Good selection of books

Other

Stables available – please check with us.
Catering and staffing, including breakfasts, by arrangement.

An accommodation wing with supplementary entrance lobby has a spare family bathroom, and an additional living room complete with kitchenette, that links a twin bedroom and a spacious double.

visitors bathroom second sitting room kitchenette

Both have generous ensuites with baths and showers. The double bedroom, full of drama and rich in fabrics pink and gold, also has a walkthrough wardrobe and separate WC.

walkthrough wardrobe main ensuite bathroom
twin bedroom ensuite for twin

In a capricious turn, a wrought iron spiral staircase from the dining area twists past a chandelier and a dressmakers dummy - clad in mauve jockey silks - to a substantial upstairs master bedroom.

master bedroom

Furnished with a Super King size four poster bed and wall to wall upholstered wardrobes, this bedroom has its own ample pine sheeted bathroom.

king size bed master ensuite bathroom
double bedroom
jockey silks prancing horse

Outside

The home sits on 10 acres on the edge of the Curragh Plains, with a large private garden and tree lined perimeter. The property is part of a successful and hospitable racehorse training operation with a yard and 23 stables, and is surrounded by others in the same game, so this is an excellent start for your race day tips.

stable yard

Restrictions

Smoking - No, sorry! Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible. Children - are welcome Pets – are welcome

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

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house from the garden

Out and About

race horse

photo Florian Christoph

County Kildare is at the centre of the Irish horse industry and possibly the golfing one, but it is also home to the Luxury Designer Brand outlets known as Kildare Village

Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

The Curragh Racecourse, 2018 Racing Calendar.
Opening day of 2018 season11/05/2018
Plusvital Race Day12/05/2018
Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas26/05/2018
Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas27/05/2018
TRM Race Day08/06/2018
Junefest Race Day09/06/2018
Derby Festival Friday29/06/2018
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day30/06/2018
Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes01/07/2018
Darley Irish Oaks21/07/2018
Kilboy Estate Stakes22/07/2018
Bank Holiday Race Day06/08/2018
Keeneland Phoenix Stakes12/08/2018
Longines Irish Champion Trials Weekend25/08/2018
Longines Irish Champion Trials Weekend/Rose Race Day26/08/2018
Autumn Racing31/08/2018
Autumn Racing01/09/2018
Longines Irish Champions Weekend (day 2)16/09/2018

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About the Locality

The cottage is within easy walking distance of Kildare town, where you will find a range of supermarkets, and super restaurants.
But in the immediate locality Horses are the name of the game, whether it be racing or breeding, The Curragh Plain is the principal racehorse training region in the country - more than a quarter of all racehorses trained in Ireland are trained here.

curragh races

photo Florian Christoph

The Curragh Racecourse is Ireland's Premier Flat Racecourse, hosting all five classic races in the calendar. It is currently undergoing a state-of-the-art €70 million re-development within site. The first recorded race took place here in 1727.

The Curragh Plains consist of about 5,000 acres of open common-land grazing some 50 km south-west of Dublin City, where an army of sheep keep the grass under control and protect its unique environment.

boardwalk

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

There is a large and rare area of undisturbed wetland adjacent to The Curragh known as Pollardstown Fen. A zig-zag boardwalk has been built through the marsh which makes for a very pleasant morning jog or evening stroll.

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During the World War ll an internment camp was built on the plains to house servicemen of either side who ended up on Irish soil. There were two compounds, 'G' camp, for Germans, and 'B' camp, for British and Allied servicemen. The first guests were 6 German airmen detained in Kerry.
Internees had a fairly easy time of it, eventually being allowed out for two evenings a week.
There is a movie about this period called "The Brylcreem Boys", which is available on Netflix.
The camp is currently the main training centre for the Irish Army and home to some 2,000 military personnel.

round tower

Kildare town has a fine 13th Century Cathedral and round tower. The tower is the 2nd tallest in the country, and one of only two that can still be climbed – inside, a series of long ladders between wooden platforms eventually bring you to the top, and an awesome view.

Today Kildare town is probably best known for its Designer Outlet Retail Village, which attracts thousands of shoppers in search of luxury premium brand bargains.


The Birth of motor racing

Kildare was selected as the venue for the 1903 Gordon Bennett Trophy, the first international motor race to be held in the United Kingdom – motor racing was illegal on British public roads at the time - partly on the grounds that the straightness of the roads would be a safety benefit. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in green which henceforth was known as British racing green.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just under an hour from the cottage
Belfast Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – just under 2 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under 2 hours from the house.

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