Four Irish homes with a swimming pool on the market
Ballybarrack House on the Ardee Road, outside Dundalk, dates from 1878 and is a fine period house that has been fully modernised, yet retains numerous period features, including pitch pine floors and original servants' bells. Ballybarrack comes with 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens, and a further 24 acres of pasture is available by separate negotiation.
The house has 528sqm of living space, with five bedrooms and three reception rooms. The elevated position facilitates magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and Dundalk Bay, with the Cooley Mountains on the horizon. Outside, there's a 15m heated swimming pool and a Savanna-surface tennis court. The self-contained courtyard accommodation is ideal for guests/staff.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300
FOR SALE: €1.45m
Splendid at the summit
Pine Lodge on Carrickbrack Road, in Howth, is a large, modern detached home with 687sqm of living space, including six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms are large suites with their own dressing rooms and bathrooms. There's an indoor swimming pool and a large outdoor courtyard designed for summer entertaining, with plenty of seating and outdoor cooking facilities. A self-contained apartment can function either as staff accommodation, a granny flat or as a home-office. Pine Lodge is located behind electric gates, just a minute from Howth Summit, and comes with two helicopter landing pads and plenty of parking for cars, too. In total, the site extends to 1.25 acres and is completely private, thanks to its elevated position and mature planting.
Agent: Lisney (01) 853 6010
FOR SALE: €2.45m
At Greatdown, 6km from Mullingar, in Co Westmeath, the new owners will get two stone-faced houses - an unfinished main house and a completed bungalow that is ready for immediate occupation. They will also be acquiring an indoor swimming pool in a separate building, although this, too, is unfinished. Altogether, there is 750sqm of living space, factoring in the basement and attic in the main house - neither of which are complete. This could be an interesting proposition for anyone looking for a multi-generational living situation, and the seven-acre site offers the potential to keep horses, pigs and chickens, as well as to grow vegetables and plant fruit trees. Greatdown is a 50-minute commute to Dublin, depending on the time of day.
Agent: Coonan Property (01) 628 6128
FOR SALE: €875,000
Dublin Bay delight
26 Carrickbrack Road at Baily, Howth, is a proper mansion, complete with tennis court and pool, with 570sqm of living space on Shielmartin Hill overlooking Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall with playroom/gym, office, a sitting room, fully-fitted kitchen with granite worktops and island unit, plus a family room with bar and access to a south-facing terrace from where the views are magnificent. The leisure wing has a spa area, steam room, jacuzzi, showers and an indoor swimming pool. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, plus a family bathroom and living room, while at garden level there is a staff apartment and snooker room.
Agent: JB Kelly (01) 839 3402
FOR SALE: €2.95m