Tayanglet, Brennanstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Asking price: €2.75m Agent: Savills (01) 6181479

e don’t know if trainer Seamus McGrath bet the house on his very first winner. But he did name the house after it.

Tanyanglet, a palatial Victorian €2.75m spread at Brennanstown in Dublin’s Foxrock was the home of the famous trainer who died in 2005. It was originally called Druid’s Hill until Tayanglet romped home for McGrath’s his first win in 1943.

The house comes to market this week with a substantial 1.2 acres of gardens attached.

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The hallway and staircase

The hallway and staircase

The hallway and staircase

The hallway and staircase

From a hugely wealthy background (the family lived at Cabinteely House, described at the time as a ‘stately mansion’), McGrath would reach his calling by accident

His father was Joseph McGrath, founder and operator of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes as well as the owner of the Irish Glass Bottle Company, Brownstown Stud in Kildare and Glancairn Gallops and Stables in Cabineely. He was one of the wealthiest men in the country.

Initially Joseph set his son up as a clerk at the Glass Bottle Company. But with junior failing to sparkle in office environs, he shifted him to work as a national hunt trainer at the Glencairn Gallops stables near the family home.

Glencairn was the stable that produced Orby (owned by Richard ‘Boss’ Croker) famous for being the first Irish trained horse to win the Epsom Derby (1907).

Seamus had his first runner in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown in February 1943, and won his first race with Tayanglet that December. From Glencairn he also rode as an amateur jockey.

The living room

McGrath Jnr didn’t always have things his way however and found himself caught between the equestrian and commercial priorities of the family businesses.

Older brother Joseph managed the Brownstown stud in Kildare and younger brother Patrick managed all the family businesses. Both took decisions that didn’t necessarily chime with what Seamus was up to.

Joseph decided to concentrate on flat racing while Seamus continued to work with national hunt horses. This resulted in McGrath horses being sent to England to be trained.

By 1954 Seamus was back in the saddle as the primary trainer of McGrath stock and adapted his operations to flat racing. His horses would soon dominate, recording nine victories at Royal Ascot.

The dining room

After a fallow period due to competition with rising stars like Vincent O’Brien, McGrath bounced back spectacularly in 1969 with Levmoss, who won the Ascot Gold Cup, the Prix du Cadran and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

In all, he recorded 1,350 wins and was champion Irish trainer in 1955, 1957, 1971 and in 1973, when one of his last great horses, Weaver’s Hall, won the Irish Derby at 33/1.

McGrath would leave his mark across the racing industry by ensuring the most successful McGrath stallions contributed primarily to Irish blood lines.

The Glencairn Gallops were sold for development in 1981 and Seamus McGrath retired from training two years later, 41 years after his father sent him to the stables and 40 years after Tayanglet gave him his first win.

Tayanglet is a 6,450 sq. ft, six-bedroom house which was completely refurbished by the current owners back in 1997. It comes with a cinema room, a jacuzzi, a gym with a sauna and an internal courtyard.

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The inner courtyard

The inner courtyard

The inner courtyard

The inner courtyard

A large reception hall, with a central staircase and fireplace, gives access through individual doors to an interconnected drawing room and dining room, both with fireplaces and bay windows.

Beside the staircase is a guest WC, a utility room and a porch to the rear entrance. A smaller hallway leads on to a large open-plan space that includes the kitchen, a dining area and an informal sitting room, from where French doors open out to the front terrace.

Spiral staircase

Another hallway off the kitchen gives access to the internal courtyard, to a games room and the spa area. A spiral staircase leads up to the gym fitted with a sauna and WC.

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The range with stone surround

The range with stone surround

The range with stone surround

The range with stone surround

A formal sitting room is also located at upper ground level with access from the kitchen/dining area and from the lower ground floor level. The cinema room and a space suitable as a home office are on the lower ground floor.

The family bathroom is off a return on the main staircase while there are four bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has built-in wardrobe space, a shower room and doors leading out to a balcony.

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One of the interiors in duck egg blue

One of the interiors in duck egg blue

One of the interiors in duck egg blue

One of the interiors in duck egg blue

Of the three remaining bedrooms, two are ensuite and the front bedroom also has access to the balcony. There are two further ensuite bedrooms on the second floor.

The original trimmings including cornicing and ceiling roses, timber flooring, sash windows and decorative chimney pieces.

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A rear view of the property which stands on 1.2 acres

A rear view of the property which stands on 1.2 acres

A rear view of the property which stands on 1.2 acres

A rear view of the property which stands on 1.2 acres

The gardens are in lawns with a walkway around the perimeter. Trees include maple, laurel, oak and chestnut. A south facing terrace to the front of the house catches the afternoon and evening sun while a range of outbuildings includes a greenhouse growing fruit trees and vines.

Tayanglet is for sale by private treaty and guided at €2.75m by Savills,

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