Foxrock pool party
2 The Glen, Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny €1.25m €1.25M
A 14m heated indoor pool and a games room big enough for a half-size snooker table are just two of the attractions of Bridgefield House, sitting on a half acre site in leafy Foxrock. Built in 1994, and designed for entertaining on a grand scale, the house has five en suite bedrooms and ample reception rooms, with parking for eight cars - handy for all the pool party guests.
It's close to schools, including Loreto Foxrock, the village, with its bijoux shops, cafes and restaurants, and also to Foxrock Golf Club and Carrickmines Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald, (01) 289 4386
The Windmill at Kilternan village, Co Dublin, has a rural feel, despite its close proximity to the M50 and city centre. Built c1970 and subsequently extended, the detached dormer bungalow has good entertaining space, a home office, and five bedrooms including an elaborate master bedroom suite with a veranda. The 7.6m swimming pool is outdoors but heated, and the current owner swims every day. There's a hexagonal timber pool house alongside, and one acre of gardens, including a Japanese garden. It is located behind two sets of gates, one electric, along a private roadway beside Kilternan NS and has plenty of parking.
Agent: REA Orchard, (01) 490 0687
With almost 576 sqm of space, Bremac, on St George's Avenue, is a humdinger of a property, located up a quiet blink-and-you'd-miss-it turn off Killiney Hill Road. Sitting on almost an acre of prime Killiney hillside, the house has five bedrooms, ample reception rooms and superb views out over Killiney Bay.
The pool building has a vaulted ceiling, skylights, and three sets of sliding doors out to the garden and is the feature that will appeal to families who want their offspring to be the most popular in the school. Bremac is located within easy reach of the celebrity-mecca of Dalkey.
Agent: Savills, (01) 288 5011
For those who want access to a pool without the bother of having to maintain it themselves, this property in The Glen on the Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown may be just the ticket.
The detached four-bedroom house, designed by architect, Aidan Powell, has 371 sqm of living space and a separate garage of 25 sqm. It's a bright and private house, suitable either as a main residence or luxurious weekend and holiday retreat, located in what is regarded as Irish golfing heaven. Irish golfing greats Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke, pictured right, have both played at the Irish Open on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The house sits on an elevated one-acre site of landscaped gardens designed by Martin Brady, bounded by mature hedging and overlooking the fourth green of the championship course. There are patios in Indian sandstone, Kilkenny marble and cedar positioned to make the most of the outdoor space. Finishes throughout are high-end and include a Murano glass chandelier and a limestone fireplace designed by Kelly Hoppen. The indoor heated pool at the Mount Juliet leisure centre is 17m in length and features Hydra water jets and a waterfall. There's a spa too, as well as an equestrian centre, good angling for brown trout and Atlantic salmon on the River Nore, and and on-site restaurant, Kendall's.
Mount Juliet is home too to the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and nearby Kilkenny city has the Michelin-starred Campagne, so gourmands are well catered for, and the pool and golf course can help burn off those calories.
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald, (01) 631 8402