Four on the market: with a swimming pool
A selection of four properties which you can literally make a splash in... with your own swimming pool.
Barna Gardens, Co Galway
€2.3m Colliers International (01) 633 3700; Mullery Auctioneers (091) 567 275
Pat McCabe, the architect who designed Barna Gardens, says the brief was for "a traditional period house, in a formal setting, within landscaped walled gardens". He achieved that, but it's a bit of an understatement. Built in 1995, Barna Gardens on Barna Road is a modern mansion, measuring 7,534 sq ft with seven en-suite bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool, on an acre of grounds. It's on three floors, with all the bedrooms on the upper two floors. Downstairs has a drawing room, sitting room, dining room and kitchen.
Glenasmole, Brighton Road, D18
€1.795m Beirne & Wise (01) 288 0900
There's an outdoor pool in the garden of Glenasmole in Foxrock - perfect for the annual week of summer but perhaps not much more than a frog trap the rest of the time. Built in 1890, the property is on 0.54 of an acre of secluded grounds with mature trees, lawns and a classical-style courtyard. The house is 3,703 sq ft with four first-floor bedrooms, the master with an en-suite and dressing room. Downstairs are three reception rooms - one an elegant drawing room - and a newly fitted kitchen.
Rosings, Ryefield, Co Cavan
€495k Martin Shortt (049) 854 1888
Rosings shares its name with the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice. In the fictional Rosings, "the chimney piece alone had cost eight hundred pounds" - about £50,000 in today's money. The Cavan Rosings can't surpass that but it does have a swimming pool, a gym and a bar. The dining room and sitting rooms do have feature fireplaces, and there's also a sunroom and a large oak-fitted kitchen with patio doors. Along with the six en-suite bedrooms, it comes to 5,307 sq ft in total, all on three acres.
Ashbrook House, Co Louth
€575k Sherry FitzGerald Lannan (041) 983 8168
There are two beaches at Clogherhead in Co Louth. But if you prefer private bathing, Ashbrook House, in Killartery, about five kilometres from the village, has its own swimming pool. It's a stone-fronted two-storey house on 0.9 of an acre in a countryside setting. It has five bedrooms upstairs, the master with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe and two others sharing an en-suite. On the ground floor are two reception rooms, along with a sunroom opening off the kitchen. The total dimensions of the house are 3,025 sq ft.