Peacefully situated in Portlaw, Co. Waterford, is the impressive Rocketts Castle Estate on 250ac. It remarkably gathers together a 13th century castle; a finishing lodge; a cottage; outbuildings; equestrian facilities; farmland; and mixed woodland.
The estate itself is situated on the edge of the River Suir while being fantastically secluded. However, as private as it may be, it has brilliantly accessible routes such as: the M9 – Waterford to Dublin; the N24 – to Limerick city; and the N25 – to Cork city.
Advantageously, the area is synonymous with equestrianism. Tramore racecourse lies 22km in distance from the property.
The entire estate, 11,499ft², is being looked after by Savills estate agents.
According to the estate agents, the “estate is home to the Rocketts Castle Polo Club which hosts an annual three-day tournament and meets two to three times a week between May and September, with the field occupying a spectacular setting at the heart of the estate”.
The estate is well serviced for such equestrian events – a hunter trial course has been established, with 18 testing fence jumps and two water jumps.
There is a vast array of outbuildings, including a stables and adjoining Dutch barns with lean-tos. They form the functional core of the estate and are in five-bays of steel construction with corrugated roofs and cladding.
- A hay store;
- A workshop;
- A machinery store;
- A feed store;
- A dog kennel; and
- Eight loose boxes.
The land, totaling nearly 250ac, lies within a ring-fenced block and is 5ft above sea level.
According to Savills, the “topography is mostly level and a feature is the excellent access throughout the estate, including three entrances from the public road and a network of internal roads and tracks”.
It can be classified as follows:
- Tillage – 134.62ac;
- Permanent pasture – 35.93ac;
- Woods – 59.06ac; and
- Roads/yards/buildings – 20.19ac.
The tillage land is free draining. It is a good size and shape for modern agriculture, ideal for growing crops and cereals. The permanent pasture provides shelter for livestock.
About 38ac of land is situated on the northern boundary and with its own road access is currently zoned within the Portlaw Local Area Plan 2014-2020 as land reserved for future sustainable industrial development.
The woods provide shelter, while containing a variety of mature trees. With two strategically-positioned release pens on the estate and mature woods, there is an opportunity to run a low-ground family shoot.
Rocketts Castle is accessed via a pea-gravel driveway, past a cast-iron electric-gated entrance, up to the gravel parking area at the front.
The house, situated within mature gardens laid to lawn, provides excellent views overlooking the River Suir and surrounding countryside.
The ground floor, with a total area of 11,499ft², comprises: an entrance hall; a smoking room; a drawing room; a games room; a dining room; a kitchen; a bar; a billiards room; a switch room; a gun room; two WC; and three separate-room conservatories.
The first floor comprises: a master bedroom with an en-suite; four further bedrooms, all with en-suites; and one singular bedroom without an en-suite; a library; a dressing room; and a family bathroom.
Additional amenities included with the property are: mains water – backed up by a private supply; mains electricity; private drainage; oil-fired central heating; and an underground heating system.
Last, but not least...
Beyond Rocketts Castle, on an easterly facing driveway, is the Finishing Lodge. The lodge is 4,378ft², laid out over two floors and has been fully renovated.
Distinct features include five bedrooms with en-suites, a sitting room and a spa room – with showers, a sauna and a steam room.
Lying to the south of the castle is a walled garden and gardener’s cottage. The accommodation is over a single storey and is currently being used as a tack room.
The walled garden includes: an apple house / cold store; kennels; a playground; a helicopter landing pad; two tennis courts; and an isolation paddock for livestock.
Also lying on the property is a round tower, containing four levels and, notably, an electricity supply.
The sale of Rocketts Castle Estate has seen a decrease in price, from €4,750,000 to €3,250,000 - down €1.5 million. Viewing is strictly by appointment only.
For more information on the estate, and for contact information, see Savills’ website.