Living in the middle of a green and lush oasis in Ballyogan, Co Clare
Ballyogan, Barefield, Ennis €495k
Driving through the countryside, you'll often notice big, expensively-finished houses standing on bare, featureless sites.
It's as if, having spent so much time and energy and money on the house, the owners have no resources left for a garden. So they plant a vast, empty lawn and throw a ride-on mower at the problem once a week.
There's a perfect example of just how much more can be done, in the grounds of this big, expensively finished house at Ballyogan, near Barefield (ironically enough) in Co Clare.
The current owners built the house in the early 2000s and did not lose time in making a garden. Thanks to their foresight, they now live in the middle of a three-quarter-acre oasis, with winding gravel paths, mature trees and shrubs, abundant flowers, and seating areas dotted all about. 'Barefield' it may be, but every window looks out on splendour.
They didn't hold back when it came to the house either, mind. It has geothermal heating and a central vacuum system; there are impressive features including a curved staircase in the entrance hall; and there's a gym.
Overall the house measures 2,955 sq ft with five bedrooms.
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, both with en suite showers, and three are upstairs along with a family bathroom with a free-standing bath.
By way of living rooms there's a double-height reception room where the staircase is, a family room with French doors to the garden, a formal dining room, and a 24ft by 17ft kitchen and breakfast room with more French doors. The gym is also on the ground floor.
The house is five minutes' drive from Barefield and the M18 (Junction 14), and 10 kilometres from Ennis.
It's for sale for €495,000 with DNG O'Sullivan Hurley (065) 684 0200.