Four on the market: with a swimming pool
These four impressive properties come with their own swimming pools.
Frosses Village, Mountcharles, Donegal
€320k Schiller & Schiller, (071) 916 3284
There's an acre of grounds around this extended house at Frosses, near Donegal town, but there are another 15 acres to be had in separate lots, including a derelict cottage. The acre alone has plenty to be going on with as there are landscaped gardens including a pond and a polytunnel, which contains the swimming pool. The house itself is 1,467 sq ft with three bedrooms, the main one en suite. By way of living rooms there's a sitting room with a fireplace and a second reception room in an extension, along with the kitchen. The attic of the extension has two rooms in it that might be converted.
Rovale House, Churchtown, Co Louth
€425k DNG Brady (041) 980 9999
The swimming pool at Rovale House in Ardee is an outdoor one but it's in quite a sheltered spot. It's in the south-facing back garden and granted privacy by both the house and the detached garage. You'll be wandering out there from the open-plan kitchen and dining room, where there are French doors. There's also a sitting room, living room and sunroom on the ground floor and four bedrooms upstairs, beneath a 500 sq ft attic. The house measures 3,000 sq ft and has a B2 energy rating thanks to solar panels, triple-glazing and heat recovery system.
Ravenswood, Ballea Road, Co Cork
€1.4M Dennehy Auctioneers (021) 437 1249; Dominic J Daly (021) 427 7399
Part of Ravenswood, in Carrigaline, was built in the 18th century, when it was known as Monroe House, and part of it dates from the mid-19th century. It has some spectacular features inside and out, including huge walnut doorcases and arched sash windows. It's 6,000 sq ft with six bedrooms and five reception rooms as well as a conservatory, and a kitchen, butler's pantry and wine cellar. It's on 10 acres including a walled garden, which is where you'll find both the 10-metre swimming pool (under a polytunnel) and an orchard. There's also a 1,220 sq ft mews house with two bedrooms.
Tír na nÓg, Crohane, Fossa, Co Kerry
€595k Sherry FitzGerald Coghlan, (064) 663 1892
The village of Fossa, five kilometres from Killarney, is probably most famous as being the hometown of actor Michael Fassbender. Tír na nÓg is on an elevated three-acre site with views south over the Killarney lakes and MacGillycuddy's Reeks. It's 4,470 sq ft on three floors and includes a self-contained apartment in the basement. There are four bedrooms in the main house as well as an open-plan living and dining room, family room and kitchen. The basement also has the swimming pool, which is drained at present, and a sauna.