Wexford home with a massive pool splashes onto the market for €695k
A recent survey by the Home TV Channel asked punters to list the vital factors which they believed defined a luxury home. Not surprisingly, at the top of the list came a swimming pool - chosen by 30pc of respondents - way ahead of the next most popular choices of a private beach (20pc) and walk-in-wardrobes (8pc).
And with the economy gradually recovering and people once again starting to spend, it seems there has been a 15pc growth in the market for domestic swimming pools in the three years to the start of 2015, according to Castle Pools, one of the market leaders which has been installing domestic versions since 1982.
According to Castle boss Mark Howlett, new pools are now in demand from those who work in the financial services and tech sectors especially.
"We're seeing an increase in renovations and upgrades from those who closed their pools through the worst of the recession years and are now reopening them again and from owners looking to revamp old pools for their grandchildren," he says.
He estimates that installing one's own pool can cost between €30,000 and €60,000 for an average outdoor 10 metre-long pool depending on construction type, location and access and that it could cost a further €3,000 to €10,000 for pool heaters.
A search shows that prices for houses with these accessories currently on the market can range between €465,000 and €2.5m and because homes have fallen so much in value since the peak, there is an opportunity for swimming enthusiasts to pick up expensive pool complexes for a fraction of what was originally paid.
The swimming pool complex at Carrigfern, a sprawling 1980s-built spread at Roxborough, just outside Wexford Town, falls into the top category of pools and is unusual in Ireland in that it is not a short length plunge version but is designed for someone who takes their morning lengths very seriously.
At 2,250 sq ft the pool complex has the floor size, upstairs and downstairs, of two family sized homes.
It comes with the necessary ancillary accommodation and service rooms as well as a fetching Italianate maritime scene mural as well as floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides.
Carrigfern was originally built in 1983 by the current owners. The main house comprises 5,446 sq.ft of accommodation - and the swimming pool, as we mentioned, brings the overall space tally to 7,696 sq ft - dimensions typically seen here only in period country mansions.
Laid out over two floors, the houses is plain of exterior but contains four reception rooms, some of which are exceptionally large and would be perfect for a family which does a lot of entertaining.
The living, dining, kitchen rooms and swimming pool complex are situated on the ground floor of the house under the high ceilings. The large drawing room has an antique marble fireplace and a wall of glass windows with views onto the landscaped gardens which feature quite an amount of topiary.
The bespoke kitchen has granite worktops and opens onto an enclosed courtyard for al fresco dining in the summer months. At first floor level there are five large bright bedrooms and three bathrooms, two of which are ensuite. The master bedroom has double doors onto a private balcony, a personal dressing room and a good sized ensuite bathroom.
With two acres of grounds, this house is perfect for a family seeking to move out from the capital to access some of the east coast's best beaches and amenity spots but remaining within reach (90 mins drive) from the capital.
Savills (01-6634200) and joint agents Kehoe & Associates (053-9144393) seek €695,000.