Four plush Irish homes with tennis courts - one even has a zipline
A match on Malahide Road: €7.5m
Designed by Gandon and dating from 1792, Emsworth is now the epitome of a modern pleasure palace, having been fully refurbished by its owners over the past few years. The house is set behind electric gates at the end of a long driveway bounded by woodland and lawns, and stands on grounds of 17 acres, an eight-minute drive from Dublin Airport.
The main house has 516sqm of living space, with three reception rooms, large kitchen, cinema room and four bedrooms, three of which are en suite, plus a family bathroom. So far, so good. But where things get really interesting is outside.
The grounds include 2km of private running paths, a walled orchard, mature beech trees, a kids' soccer/rugby/GAA playing pitch, a 20m x 10m pool, a floodlit tennis court, a zipline off a purpose-built wooden platform, two garages, a gym and a two-bedroom coach house for guests or staff accommodation. The fully-equipped gym is on the audio system for the main house and has a 60-inch integrated TV to keep you entertained while you are working out. A separate Pilates room is kitted out with Reformer equipment.
Adjoining the main house is a Febvre automatically cooled wine cellar, together with an additional bathroom, kitchen/wet room and storage room with a handy gun storage unit with twin locks.
External garden music is streamed off the main house system, and all the lighting inside and out operates via Lutron and can be controlled from an iPhone. There are two direct gas-plumbed BBQs - one beside the kitchen and one at the pool house, where there is also a pizza oven and outdoor fridges.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2376300 / Sherry FitzGerald Malahide (01) 845 4500
On the net near Naas: €1.05m
Rathernan Glebe and Coach House in Kilmeague near Naas in Co Kildare comes with seven acres of parkland with views towards the Hill of Allen. The Georgian main house has 371sqm of living space, while the converted coach house has 250sqm, making the property of interest to those seeking separate but adjacent residences for multi-generational living. The main house was restored in the mid-1980s, and the coach house in 2000. The house and coach house are independent of one another and completely private, surrounded by mature specimen trees, well-planted gardens and mellow stone walls. There's a hard tennis court and two paddocks and plenty of room to grow vegetables, keep chickens, and live the country dream.
A court in Clarinbridge: €2.15M
Agent: Jordan Auctioneers (045) 433 550
Clarin House in Stradbally East, Clarinbridge, Co Galway, is a contemporary home on 7.65 acres of mature grounds. Built in 2005, the house has 688sqm of living space and a BER of B3. The five bedrooms are all en suite, and the kitchen features a four-oven AGA to keep things toasty in winter. A sport room with home cinema, bar and balcony overlooks the on-site playing pitch. Other leisure features include an outdoor hot tub and a floodlit tennis court, while equestrians are catered for with a stable block with four loose boxes and a post and railed paddock. There's a guest cottage, suitable for staff accommodation, and the grounds feature a path around the boundary that links to the adjoining woodland.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Galway (091) 569 123 / Sherry FitzGerald (01) 237 6300
Knock up at Knock House: €1.25m
Knock House at Kilotteran near Waterford City is a six-bedroom, five-bathroom modern mansion on seven and a half acres with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Set behind electric gates and approached via a tree-lined and stud-railed avenue planted with a beech hedgerow, the 688sqm of living space is designed for life on a grand scale, with extra-high ceilings and a grand central staircase. To the rear of the house is a courtyard with a lofted double garage, with the first floor space currently in use as a gym. Either side of the garage are a selection of stables and storage. To one side of the house there is an enclosed flood-lit hard-core tennis court; there is also a children's play area and a water feature.
Agent: Guiry Auctioneers (051) 877 575