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House of fun – the Wexford family home with swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and a games room in the basement

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The 30 foot swimming pool at the property near Wexford town

The 30 foot swimming pool at the property near Wexford town

The Hassett family take a dip

The Hassett family take a dip

The games room

The games room

The living room

The living room

The hot tub

The hot tub

The exterior of the property located at Mulgannon near Wexford town

The exterior of the property located at Mulgannon near Wexford town

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The 30 foot swimming pool at the property near Wexford town

Barraderragh House, The Avenue, Mulgannon, Wexford town Asking price: €595,000 Agent: Kehoe & Associates (053) 914493

You’d be hard pressed to find a more leisure friendly home to enjoy summer in the sunny south east than Barraderragh House located at Mulgannon on the south side of Wexford Town.

Barraderragh is not only within driving distance of Wexford’s famous sandy beaches and all the county’s great day trip tourist sites; it also comes with a solar-heated, 30 foot outdoor swimming pool, complete with slide over canopy, a substantial outdoor hot tub and a sauna. And a basement games room which includes a pool table, table tennis and computer game station completes the picture.

There’s even a hidden access hatch for children to use which runs from one side concealed in a cupboard in the hall, down a ladder and into the games room below.

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The exterior of the property located at Mulgannon near Wexford town

The exterior of the property located at Mulgannon near Wexford town

The exterior of the property located at Mulgannon near Wexford town

Aedín Hassett bought the house in 2018 and she added all these great leisure extras for very good reason.

Formerly living near Rosslare with their three children, Aedín and her husband Aidan were running a fire safety supplies business when tragedy struck.

In the week when their youngest son Ruarí was set to make his communion, Aidan was killed in a crash. And the family went into shock.

After the funeral and some time had passed, Aedín made a calculated decision. She realised that the impact of the loss of their Dad was something that would affect her children for many years to come.

So she resolved to create a home environment for them all which could best help the family (herself included) to get through their grief. She needed to find a sanctuary.

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So she decided to sell the family home which held so many memories.

“I wanted to make a fresh start for us all, but without leaving the county. We found Barraderragh House, off a lovely leafy and peaceful avenue at Mulgannon in Wexford town. Birds were singing and it felt like a sanctuary.”

The owners, whose children had flown the nest, had built a new house on the land and they would be the Hassetts’ new neighbours.

“There was this huge concrete-lined basement and they told me that when their kids were growing up they always hung out down there.”

Aedín went sale agreed and set about creating their recovery safe space.

She did her best to turn the basement into an inviting games room for the three children, installing the pool table, table tennis and getting workmen to help make that ‘secret’ hatch.

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The games room

The games room

The games room

She also felt that outdoor activity and quality together time was essential for what she wanted. And she wanted her children to learn to swim.

“So I looked into the idea of getting a swimming pool. I began researching how it all worked, the cost of everything and where it could be obtained. I discovered that it actually wasn’t as expensive to install a pool as I thought. In fact it worked out about the same as putting in a conservatory.

“I found a company in Belgium and I had the components and raw materials sent over, the filter, the seal and so on. The palette needed a forklift to move it.

“I called in builders to get started. Meantime I went online looking for a pool cover and found a fantastic version which simply slides back and forth to seal the pool in when not in use. It lets you see the water and the lights at night.

“By purchasing it directly from China rather than its European agent in the UK, I actually saved two thirds of its overall cost. We put in a bank of twelve solar panels, specially designed for an Irish climate, to save on the heating cost. And once the sun is out at all, the water is warm.”

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The hot tub

The hot tub

The hot tub

The hot tub was installed for family relaxation purposes. “Every night we all get into the hot tub and have a chat before bed. And the relaxing sensation makes everybody sleepy. We all nod off easily with no issues.”

And she says the sauna also proved relatively cheap. “It’s just a kit with timber boards really. I’d recommend anyone who fancies one to look into it.”

Then came Covid 19 lockdown. “I was surprised just how much the children used that pool. Every day it was splashing and screaming and fun and games. And I’d use it every day for aqua aerobics on Youtube — for my special time.

"They also used that games room to get competitive with one another with pool and table tennis during lockdown. A work colleague would come around and teach my daughter Evine how to swim on Saturdays.

“The benefit for them all was once they’d learned to swim, having a pool to play around in all the time made them really strong swimmers.”

Aedín believes Barraderragh House did its job supremely in the three years since they moved in.

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The Hassett family take a dip

The Hassett family take a dip

The Hassett family take a dip

“Maybe it’s water therapy. We focused on fun at home and our chats in the hot tub. Now Seán is 14, Ruarí is 12 and Evine is 8 and despite our big loss, I have happy children.”

So now the family is moving south again to Waterford where Aedín’s twin sister lives. “I’ve other sisters within reach of Waterford too and I want my children to mix with all their cousins. So it’s time to sell.”

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The living room

The living room

The living room

Aside from the swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and games room, the accommodation includes a storm porch with handsome pillars leading into the marble tiled hall and an arched window overlooking front gardens. Here’s where the double hatch door leads to the basement.

Follow the hall and there are two steps down to the sitting room which is L-shaped and on a split level. There’s a timber floor and an open fire with exposed brick detail and sliding doors which lead out to a big patio.

The kitchen/dining are is also L-shaped and has granite worktops and splashbacks, a double drainer sink and A Neff oven, steam oven and ceramic hob.French doors lead to the patio.

There’s a living room with timber floor and a Stovax fireplace and French doors to the patio.

There’s a cloakroom, utility room, guest WC, a family bathroom with Triton shower. The master bedroomhas concealed doors to an en suite with Hydromax shower. There are five bedrooms in all.

Aedín says she will definitely install a pool at their next home. “Because now I have to learn to swim!” Kehoe & Associates seek €595,000 for the house.

This article was updated on Fri 24th June to correct the phone number for Kehoe & Associates.


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