No closing time at the Gables house in Ashbourne
Ashbourne, Co Meath, is a relatively new town, having been established in the early 19th Century by a local landowner named Frederick Bourne.
It was a fairly sleepy village for generations with a population of around 400 or less until 1970. Then it became part of the sprawling Dublin commuter zone, and its population now is around 14,000. It's now an easy commute from there to Dublin, thanks to the N2/M2 and the M50.
About 2km south of the town, at Ratoath Road, is 'The Gables', a large, detached house built in 2005, and set on 2.2 acres of land approached through electric gates.
The Gables is a substantial house by any standards at 6,006 sq ft.
You could probably find enough space to play tennis indoors, but there's no need, as the property has its own tarmac tennis court outside.
There are three main reception rooms on the ground floor, including a bar and pool room. The kitchen/breakfast room opens onto the back garden through a large conservatory. There's also a pantry, a guest toilet, and a utility room giving access to a three-car garage.
There are two bedrooms in the 'east wing' on the ground floor, one en suite. Up the mahogany open-string staircase is a large (30ft 6 ins by 21ft 5ins) landing, and off that a lounge, which has its own separate glass staircase leading to the bar and pool room below.
The four remaining bedrooms are found on this upper level. One of them is en suite and gives onto a balcony, while the main family bathroom has a double Jacuzzi bath.
It's less than a 10-minute drive from The Gables to the M50, and about 15 minutes to Dublin Airport. The agent is MoveHome.ie (01 886 7090) and the asking price is €950,000.