Rolestown offers a day in court
In exactly a month's time, on June 23, Wimbledon will begin and once again tennis will be all the rage as children – and adults – all over the country briefly fancy themselves to be the new Djokovic or Sharapova.
If you lived at Talltrees in north County Dublin, you could play tennis all you wanted for free. The property has its own tennis court in the front garden, where you can spend the summer afternoons practising your serve.
Built in 2003, Talltrees is a 3,014-square-foot detached dormer house on a 2.2 acre site near the townland of Rolestown, close to the Meath border.
It's approached via electric gates and up a tarred drive lined with trees, past the tennis court to the gothic-arched front door.
Talltrees has four bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and the master bedroom has an open fire. It also has a large kitchen/dining area with a range, a TV room, a lounge, an office, a games room with snooker table and bar, a sunroom and a utility room. It even has a sauna.
Practically speaking, most tennis fans are probably more likely to end up spending the summer afternoons in the TV room, watching Wimbledon on the box and then feeling rebuked for neglecting to use the tennis court.
Outside is a yard with several outhouses and sheds that might be used as stables.
The garden has mature trees and flowers, and has been furnished with a decked seating and barbecue area. There's also a fish pond and a little well.
Talltrees is about 10 kilometres from Swords and less than eight kilometres from Ashbourne. The M2 motorway is less than 10 minutes drive away and the airport about 20 minutes.
Terry O'Reilly Auctioneers in Portmarnock (01 846 3859) is the agent and the asking price has recently dropped from €790,000 to €750,000.