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Saturday 30 August 2014

Tennis court, a walk in wardrobe and a swimming pool - it's a house fit for a Keane as Roy puts his €4m mansion on the market

Fionnuala McCarthy

Published 16/05/2014 | 09:00

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Highfield occupies a lovely position on an elevated plot
Roy Keane
The family house has a light and airy feel

Roy Keane has put his Ipswich mansion, complete with tennis court and swimming pools on the market, as he is rumoured to be looking to move closer to home.

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Roy Keane and his family are on the move, and the Republic of Ireland assistant manager has put his Ipswich family home on the market with an asking price of £3.5 m (€4.2).

The detached property, which is 100 years old,  was bought by Keane in 2009 when he moved to Ipswich to take up the post of manager. 

He, his wife Teresa and five children, have lived in the Woodbridge mansion since, which is an hour from Stanstead aiport.

The house has enviable views of the River Deben, along the banks of which Keane walks his dogs daily.

The house boasts a  private driveway with tennis court, swimming pools, seven double bedrooms, double garage, four en-suites and two family bath/shower rooms. The garden has a tree house for children to play.

According to the estate agent the property is offered chain free, indicating that the seller is ready to move, and doesn't require the funds from the sale to purchase his next home.

Described as  "the most exquisite property", photos show a very comfortable family home, decorated with impeccable taste. 

It is believe Keane and his wife Teresa used the services of a local company called The Cotton Tree (Described "as a  local company renowned for luxurious and sumptuous appointment of upper quartile homes")  to refurbish it  completely to their taste when they moved in.

The house boasts a tennis court,  which according to the estate agent has been constructed for use also as a five aside football pitch.

Photos reveal the inside of the house to be lavishly and tastefully decorated with solid oak throughout and a colour palette of deep reds, browns with splashes of yellow.

The kitchen area is marked out for particular attention in the brochure:  "One of the really special points to note about this property is the feeling you get when you walk through the heart of the house within the kitchen/breakfast room area. It is warm, light and airy and defines a true family home being so luxuriously appointed."

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The living room, which photos show has an extensive DVD collection, has a cosy feel with family portraits and framed photos of Roy and Teresa on what appears to be their wedding day in Cork, has a  stone fireplace with inset log effect gas fire on  operated via remote control. A  42 inch plasma TV, is part of a solid oak purpose built home entertainment system.  Solid oak features throughout the home  in all flooring, doors, skirting and architraves.

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The master bedroom which has a deep colour palette of browns and burgandys and a packed book shelves,  leads to an ensuite bathroom with enviable river views through four sash windows with Venetian shutters. It features his and hers wash hand basins, a large walk in twin double shower, all set in full length marble. A dressing room with  a full range of built-in wardrobes, two chest of drawers, shelving and cupboards all providing ample hanging and storage space.

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The house known as Highfield occupies a lovely position on an elevated plot that extends to over three acres.  It is believed that Keane and his family may be looking at properties in his native Cork, where one of his children is now attending college. 

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