OAKLEY PARK HOUSE IS A FINE PERIOD HOME ON APPROX. 19.34 HECTARES (47.8 ACRES) WITHIN THE HEART OF THE ROYAL COUNTY OF MEATH AND A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE HISTORICAL TOWN OF KELLS ALL ON APPROX. 19.36 HECTARES (47.80 ACRES) OF FANTASTIC GARDEN AND GRAZING LANDS.
• Charming period residence in a mature and
• Located just outside the historic village of Kells
in the heart of County Meath
• Two-story above basement family home with
superb views over the surrounding countryside
• Superb gardens and grounds including walled
• Beautiful old buildings and outhouses in a private courtyard
• Productive lands suitable for several uses such as grazing or tillage.
Oakley Park Manor is located near the historical town of Kells in the Royal County of Meath. Close to the M3
motorway, Dublin City and Dublin airport are easily accessible. Meath is the 14th largest county in Ireland and the 9th in terms of population and was formed from the eastern part of the former Kingdom of Mide, but now forms part of the province of Leinster. The seat of the High King of Ireland was located at Tara Hill, which is only some 10 km / 6 miles from Navan. The archaeological complex of Bruna Boinne is around 5,000 years old and includes the burial sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, in the north-east of the county and are designated a World Heritage Site.
Kells is best known as the site of Kells Abbey, from which the Book of Kells takes its name. The book of Kells is exhibited in Trinity College Dublin where it attracts tourists from around the world. It is one of Ireland's greatest cultural treasures and the world's most famous medieval manuscript. The monastery at Kells is thought to have been founded around 804 A.D. by monks from St Colmcille's monastery in Iona who were fleeing Viking invasions.
What is Oakley Park House now seemed to have stemmed from around 1649 for a ruin of a castle and may have been where the Oakley family resided. The house around the 1700 was renamed by its previous name of Laurencetown. It is understood that around 1710 Mr. Joseph Williams was in residents and he is to have supposed to have built the new house in 1715. The Crawford family who lived in the house from 1730 to 1829 brought back the name Oakley Park and since then the house kept this name. They made many improvements to the house and with the main road from Kells to Moynalty being repositioned it gave more space around the house and as a result the parkland and yard was built around 1815.
Around 1837 Oakley Park House was supposedly bought for £15,000 by George Bomford who extended the house doubling it in size. At this point the walled garden to the west was built and is approx. 2.5 acres in size. The current owners bought Oakley Park House in 1955 and in 1979 they began running a successful thoroughbred breeding and training establishment for over 40 years. Some notable horses bred at Oakley Park House include Justified and Big Matt who both triumphed in many graded races in Ireland and the UK.
OAKLEY PARK HOUSE
When approaching the main residence there is a beautiful sweeping driveway that brings you the front of the house with the manicured virginia creeper softening the exterior. When going through the 4 pillar front porch there is a very welcoming entrance hall with tiled flooring and feature staircase leading to the first floor. The drawing room to the left is a very impressive room for formal events and entertaining with its feature marble fireplace, solid wooden flooring, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. To the right there is a fantastic family room for everyday use and is complete with wooden flooring and feature marble fireplace. To the rear is a country kitchen with tiled flooring Aga, island unit and Belfast sink. The ground floor is complete with utility room, bathroom and small study area to the rear of this.
The first floor has 5 bedrooms of good size and all have wonderful views over the gardens and grounds and indeed surrounding countryside. There is also an ensuite in the master bedroom, jack and jill bathroom and w/c in the guest bedroom.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
To the rear of the residence is the charming cut stone courtyard. This is a working yard and includes approx. 12 loose boxes, 5 horse walker, hay barn, lunging ring, cattle shed with slatted sheds. There is also a 5 furlong Wexford sand gallop. The lands are in good condition and well maintained with mature boundaries throughout and good access to paddocks.