Ballycotton home with indoor pool on the market for €1.2m
Lower Meadows, Ballycotton €1.2m
If you've ever had house guests who lay around the living room all day watching Dr Phil and leaving soiled cups everywhere, then you'll have envied those homeowners who have separate accommodation for visitors.
Lower Meadows, at Ballybraher near Ballycotton in Co Cork, goes even farther. Essentially, it's two houses in one: a four-bedroom main house and a three-bedroom thatched cottage, and the two are linked by an indoor 'leisure area' - to wit, a swimming pool.
It does seem a terrific idea. What could be better than having an entire body of water between you and a houseful of guests who've outstayed their welcome?
As well as the pool, Lower Meadows also comes with 20 acres of land and equestrian facilities, so there's a good chance you might never see your guests at all.
There's a quarter-mile driveway up to the property, flanked by paddocks. The main house has on its ground floor a kitchen and dining room, a living room with a wood-burning stove, a second reception room with an open fire, an office, and a guest bedroom.
Upstairs there are three more bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, and the main bedroom also has two walk-in wardrobes and a balcony looking over Ballycotton Bay.
The thatched cottage has a kitchen with an office in a gallery overhead, a living room, three en-suite bedrooms, and a loft room with another bathroom.
The swimming pool that links the two parts of the property is 10 metres by four and is heated by an air source heat pump.
Outbuildings include a stable block with 10 stables, which has a one-bedroom staff apartment adjoining, and there's also a barn and a garage.
The agent is Goffs Country, (045) 981 048, and the price has been cut from €1.9m to €1.2m.