|Mellon Stud, Kildimo, Co. Limerick, Ireland.|
A GLORIOUS COUNTRY ESTATE AND STUD OF 295.82 ACRES / 119.718 HECTARES IN AN UNRIVALLED POSITION OVERLOOKING THE SHANNON ESTUARY.
The estate comprises a Classic C18th Georgian house - completely modernised to the highest standards. 2 Guest and 3 Staff Cottages, Offices, 75 boxes in 5 yards, indoor School, outdoor School, Horse Walker, extensive Paddocks, foreshore and grass Island.
Mellon Stud is a rarity – a charming Georgian house, on a low hill overlooking the Shannon Estuary at the confluence with the River Maigue. No expense has been spared in the restoration and extension of the house and buildings. The paddocks are superbly railed and the reputation of the stud has been enhanced over the last 10 years. Whilst this is a stud farm, Mellon is primarily a fine house in a fabulous position.
Mellon is 17km west of Limerick, and only a fast 38km by the tunnel to Shannon Airport. Following the opening of the new M7 at Limerick, Dublin is under 3 hours’ drive by the M7/N7. Adare, renowned for its Championship Golf Course, is only 14km away. Hunting is with the Limerick, while the Scarteen and the Duhallow are within easy reach.
The area surrounding the Lower Shannon contains The Burren, a limestone plateau with a unique botanical environment where alpine and Mediterranean plants grow side by side; the 650 foot high Cliffs of Moher; historic villages such as Glin and Adare with their castles, and numerous other castles such as Knappogue (which specialises in medieval banquets), 15th century Bunratty, Tudor Ormonde Castle and the Rock of Cashel, seat of the kings of Munster in the 5th century, and then a major religious centre for a millennium.
The house at Mellon was built by John Westropp in the 1780s. It was set up as a stud farm in the 1970s and the current owners have continued to run it as a private centre for their own horses and as a stallion station, standing in particular Environment Friend as a stallion.
The house and cottages have been completely renovated during the current ownership.
The approach to Mellon, past Ardcanny church, leads up the avenue and through the gates to the fine house in its own park like gardens overlooking the Shannon.
On 2 storeys over an extensive lower floor, this classic Georgian house is entered through a main door with fanlight, into a charming entrance hall leading to the main reception rooms, facing towards the sea.
The kitchen, a striking Palladian style addition is designed for ease of use. The drawing room, dining room, hall and study are well proportioned rooms that make the best use of the lovely views down to the Shannon.
The first floor has 4 good sized bedrooms with three bathrooms.
The basement with access to the garden has been designed for entertaining with billiard room, office and stores.
MELLON HOUSE - GROUND FLOOR:
A glass panelled front door with large fan light above and panelled bays either side leads to the well lit reception hall; which has wood boarded flooring, high ceilings, excellent cornicing and a white stone and marble mantelpiece.
Wood panelled floor, 2 large sash windows, tall fitted bookcases and marble mantelpiece.
A lovely room for entertaining, with exceptional views over the River Shannon, three sash windows, high ceiling, a glass chandelier and a white stone mantelpiece with marble inlay.
With good views of the river, a glass chandelier and a black marble mantelpiece.
Through a passage with WC, Larder and Boot room is the magnificent outlying kitchen, with a Palladian-style exterior with fluted pilasters and French windows between Doric capitals and frieze. Above this is a well-proportioned low dome with a cupola lighting the room.
Similarly the kitchen has tall windows and French windows opening to the terrace. It is well equipped with 6-hob gas cooker and 4-oven Aga; below a large extractor fan hood, double Belfast sinks, cupboards and storage.
Stairs near the kitchen lead to a corridor with flag stoned floor and vaulted ceiling. This houses a store, cellar, communications room, WC, and plant room with hot water tank.
A large room with wood boarded flooring, a wood burning stove, arched bays and windows looking out to garden terrace and the Shannon.
with a private office with carpet flooring. Both have internet and telephone connections and windows with views looking out to the estuary. Laundry Room
Plumbed for 2 washing machines, dryers, two Belfast sinks and built-in cupboards.
The elegant staircase has a magnificent window with fan light above and leads up to the first floor landing.
To the left of the landing is a dressing room with a door to:
Used as a dressing room, and fitted with an excellent range of wardrobes.
This is currently the principal bedroom, well lit and with telephone points, a wood boarded floor and cupboards.
Used as a sitting room, and has some of the best views of the Estate. This has a plain fireplace.
Ensuite bathroom 1 with bath, shower, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Freestanding iron bath, wash basin, WC.
Again this has wonderful views. Wood boarded floor, telephone point.
Ensuite bathroom 3 with freestanding bath, WC, and wash basin.
The gardens are mostly lawned with mature trees and a ha-ha overlooking paddocks.
By the house is a terrace with pool and fountain. Between the house and the cottages is a pretty rectangular dog kennel block, topped by a fox weather vane.
|GUEST COTTAGES 1 & 2:
Across the forecourt from the house are two stone-built guest cottages under a slate roof, both extremely well appointed. Whilst they are capable of being occupied independently with access from the stable yard, they allow Mellon House to be a true centre for entertaining guests, adding another 4 bedrooms to the whole.
Both have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and hall. Guest Cottage 1 has one large sitting room, whilst Guest Cottage 2 has two reception rooms.
|OFFICE AND FLAT:
A 2 storey cottage with well a fitted ground floor stud office. The first floor is a self contained apartment with kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. This backs onto:
A fine 2-storey stone-built terrace of three cottages under a slate roof across the stable yard from the guest cottages.
THE MAIGUE COTTAGE: Living room with fitted kitchen area, 2 bedrooms and shower room.
THE DEAL COTTAGE: Sitting room, fitted kitchen, WC, 2 bedrooms and bathroom.
THE FEALE COTTAGE: Sitting room with woodburning stove, fitted kitchen, bedroom, box room and bathroom.
GENERATOR SHED with an emergency generator for the house, and all buildings.
|STABLES AND STORES:
An L-shaped range to one side of the stable yard. This range backs onto the indoor school and consists of boiler room, with oil fired boiler serving the Mellon House, oil tank shed, and 4 loose boxes, two of which are currently stallion boxes
| FARM AND STUD BUILDINGS:
The buildings at Mellon are conveniently placed at the core of the property and are designed for ease of management with many labour-saving features. Most of the 75 stables have automatic watering, two of the stable barns have hinged fronts to the stables to allow mucking out by skid steer loader. There is an extensive CCTV system covering many of the stables
Below the Yard:
FORMER OFFICES with two offices, one with window overlooking the indoor school.
STABLE BARN 1 (15 boxes): A lean-to alongside the indoor school, with 15 boxes with blockwork partitions and sliding stable doors, feed room, tack room, WC, vet room with stocks, sink unit, and plumbed for washing machine. Entrance to:
INDOOR SCHOOL: 60m x 25m, with 2 entrances and waxed sand surface. Lighting and watering system.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL: 50m x 35m partly walled with sand and gravel surface for summer use.
HORSE WALKER with roof and 6 bays. Constructed by Odon Engineering.
|By the main office:
DUTCH BARN with 3 bays.
STABLE YARD #2 (18 boxes): Two monopitch ranges of blockwork under steel roof, one of 6 boxes and one of 12 boxes. Behind the corner of the 12-box range is a Hound Kennel with run. Machinery store with 3 open fronted bays of 16m x 14m.
STABLE BARN #3 (15 boxes): Steel frame & roof, blockwork walls, 10 internal boxes with hinged fronts, 2 turnout pens, and 5 external boxes.
STABLE BARN #4 (21 boxes): Steel frame and roof with 21 boxes featuring hinged partitions and wide central area. Vet Room with stocks.
TURNOUT BARN(5 boxes): 6 bays, steel frame and roof. Block walls with space boarding above, split into 3 turnout pens; one side with 5 boxes (doors to be fitted).
DUTCH BARN: 6 open fronted bays with steel frame, concrete slab walling, steel roof and side cladding.
| THE LANDS:
Mellon stands in the middle of its own 295.82 acres / 119.718 hectares, the vast majority of which (about 250 acres) is wonderful rolling, railed paddocks with good access tracks.
There are shelterbelts and many isolated trees, which make up the park in which Mellon stands. There is a 4 furlong circular railed gallop, in need of resurfacing, about 800m from the stables.
The lower land is bordered by the sea wall and beyond that a wide strip of salt marsh and foreshore. The Grass Island across the channel of the river Maigue is 2.78 acres.
SERVICES: Water: Private borehole supply, Oil Central Heating to all houses and cottages. Mains electricity with emergency generator back up. Septic Tank drainage to properties.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS: A list of the fixtures and fittings to be included in the sale and available by separate negotiation is available from the agents.
For sale freehold by private treaty.
Viewing by appointment only.
Guide Price: 4,750,000 Euros
For further information, please phone or email William Montgomery's office as follows:
Grey Abbey Estate Office,
+44 (0)28 4278 8666 / 8668
Also in association with:
Windsor Clive International +44 (0)1672 521155