Would you fancy the hot tub in this €3k a month Galway gaff?
Bushy Park, Galway; Rent: €2,950 per month
Look at the photographs of this grand architect-designed contemporary glass and stone house. How many bedrooms would you guess it has? Five? Six, perhaps? In fact, there's only one.
It was purpose-built by the owner as an exclusive 'couple's retreat' on the outskirts of Galway's five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel and the lucky twosome who live here will find themselves in a vast space with super views, their own private spa (with Jacuzzi pool), gymnasium and that one fine bedroom from which to contemplate their good fortune, overlooking Lough Corrib.
Of course, price-wise, €2,950 isn't unusual for a one-bedroom apartment, but it would normally be found within spitting distance of a Luas line and you wouldn't be able to swing a cat in it.
Here, you can bring the menagerie.
Even though bustling Galway City is a couple of kilometres away, this property, 'Moonstone', is on enough land that it's extremely private.
The upper level has been constructed as a vast garden roof terrace and the bedroom is also on this storey (with huge bathroom and dressing room), allowing views across the city and the lake from dual-aspect floor-to-ceiling surround windows.
Downstairs is the private gym, sauna, sunbed and Jacuzzi in a spa-type room. It comes with mood lighting, easy water filtering and luxury seating areas.
The open-plan kitchen/dining area is fully fitted with Miele appliances, finished in a modern high-gloss white with black polished tiles, breakfast counter and separate eating area, and has dual underfloor heating and mood lighting on the stairs.
The living room has an inset gas fire and is minimally furnished, mainly in white.
Glass window-doors give access to the garden and patio from every room, and WiFi and cable have been fitted throughout. Galway train station is 5.8km away while the airport is 15km from this location. Access to the M6 motorway is from the city centre, 4km distance.
The agent says that tenants generally tend to be international senior executives, although it would probably make a super getaway for a famous actor craving privacy during filming, or a writer's retreat.
Successful ones, obviously.
Lease: Flexible, from one month
Enquiries: Five Star (091) 511 111