Four on the market: with a sauna
These four impressive properties come complete with their very own sauna.
Clara Lodge, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow
€395k Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O'Reilly, (0404) 66466
There's a water slide at Clara Lara Funpark in the Vale of Clara in Co Wicklow. Parents who live near there must never know a moment's peace, as every free hour is expected to be filled getting drenched. Clara Lodge, in the townland of Ballyhad Upper, is less than two kilometres from the funpark but as it's a former schoolmaster's house you may be able to threaten your kids with the Three Rs if they make too much trouble. It's 1,389 sq ft and fully restored, with three first-floor bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and sauna. Downstairs are two receptions along with an eat-in kitchen where there are French doors to the half-acre garden.
Kilmacredock, Maynooth, Co Kildare
€775k DNG Bríd Feely, (01) 628 6643
Traffic permitting, it will take about half an hour to get from Dublin city centre to this 2,300 sq ft bungalow at Kilmacredock in Co Kildare, so on paper at least you can leave your downtown workplace at six o'clock and be sweltering in your sauna by 6.45pm at the latest. The sauna is in the en suite of the master bedroom which is among three bedrooms on the first floor, with the fourth downstairs. The ground floor also has a dual-aspect sitting room with a marble fireplace, a dining room, a sunroom and a newly fitted kitchen with a separate utility. It's on an acre of gardens about halfway between Maynooth and Leixlip, both five kilometres away.
2 Merchants Way, Ramelton, Co Donegal
€360k DNG Boyce Gallagher, (074) 916 8608
Number 2 Merchants Way in Aughnagaddy is the middle of three similar recently-built houses a couple of hundred metres off the road between Ramelton (three kilometres away) and Letterkenny (about seven kilometres). It's 3,391 sq ft on two floors with an L-shaped footprint, and also has an integral garage. The ground floor has three reception rooms and a kitchen with an Aga, a Belfast sink and patio doors. There's also a ground-floor guest bedrooms. Upstairs is an office and four more bedrooms, two en suite and one with a sauna and steam room. The site is just over three-quarters (0.766) of an acre with a circular lawn, shrubbery, patio and pergola.
Ballymacarney, Kilbride, Co Meath
€650k Sherry FitzGerald Geraghty, (01) 835 0577
You could spend much of your time on the first floor of this detached dormer bungalow just inside the Meath border near Kilbride. Upstairs can be found the master bedroom, where there's a sliding door to an east-facing balcony for morning sunlight. Off the bedroom is an en suite shower room and a sauna, and there's also a billiard room on this floor. When you do make it downstairs, there's a maple-floored sitting room with French doors to the three-quarter-acre garden, a dining room also with French doors, and an open-plan kitchen and family room with a wood-burning stove. There are four bedrooms in all (two en suite).