The Curragh Stud

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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.

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The Curragh Racecourse, 2020 Racing Calendar
  • Sun, 29th March
  • Sat, 18th April
  • Mon, 4th May
  • Sat, 23rd May Guineas festival
  • Sun, 24th May Guineas festival
  • Wed, 3rd June (e)
  • Fri, 26th June (e) Derby festival
  • Sat, 27th June Derby festival, Derby day
  • Sun, 28th June Derby festival
  • Sat, 18th July Irish Oaks
  • Sun, 19th July
  • Sun, 9th August
  • Fri, 14th August (e)
  • Sat, 22nd August (e)
  • Fri, 28th August (e)
  • Sun, 13th September Champions Day at the Curragh, St Leger
  • Sat, 26th September
  • Sun, 27th September
  • Sun, 11th October
  • Thu, 15th October
 

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.

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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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €400 per night (minimum nights apply)
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms & One twin bedroom
    All are ensuite with bath/shower
    plus
    Kids Twin bedroom with WC
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen with sitting room/dining room
    Drawing room with Dining room
    Conservatory
    Snack kitchen with living room
    Family bathroom,
    Utility room, Guest WC
    Attic Games room
  • Features
    Racing Stables, Logs & Fuel
    Table Tennis table
  • Contempo
    4 Flat screen TVs,
    Sky, DVD player,
    WiFi internet,
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday or Racing Festivals

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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.

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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.

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

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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…

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

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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.

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Facilities & Ameneties

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 & four 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
• Table Tennis Table

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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At the yard entrance to the accommodation wing there is an additional twin Kid’s room with WC.

Green Bed

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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.

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Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

    Monday – Friday Friday – Monday
May to September Minimum stay 3 nights €400 per night €450 per night
October to April Minimum stay 3 nights €400 per night €400 per night

Exceptional Dates

Punchestown Irish National Hunt
Tues. 25th – Sat. 29th April
€475 per night minimum 4 nights
Christmas & New Year €475 per night minimum 4 nights

Curragh Racecourse Classic Race days

Irish 2000gns and 1000gns weekend
Sat. 23rd – Sun. 24th May
€475 per night minimum 3 nights
Irish Derby Festival
Fri. 26th – Sun. 28th June
€550 per night minimum 3 nights

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

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

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Reviews

 

just to tell you that we had the most lovely weekend…

here at Curragh Stud. Perfect setting for us being here together to celebrate Michael’s 80th. We lit the fire in the sitting room in the evening and enjoyed dinner at that wonderful table in the dining room, the conservatory during the day. The kids gave Michael a drone we we had fun with that!
Thank you for being so welcoming and for leaving all the goodies, so generous.
I have left a couple of bottles of Kinnegar Scraggy Bay beer in the fridge for you, brewed in Rathmullan!
We have left the place in good shape, no catastrophes.

Oonagh, September 2019

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Out & About

 
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

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Here are some of our favourites…

 

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.

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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.

Fens

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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.

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.

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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