The owners of Fairacre, an upgraded 1980s luxury home at Swords Road in Malahide, Co Dublin, had a smart solution at hand when their family grew up. They simply adapted their pool room for a new use - by changing it into a pub, games room and general leisure area. Perfect for parties and entertaining friends and guests of a winter's evening. All they did was empty the 10-metre pool of water, prepare it for storage and then lay a timber floor over it. The result is a room expansive enough to provide for a full-sized bar with stools, a snooker table and enough floor underfoot for a full-on shindig for eighty. To crown it, the curved ceiling above is painted a rich bar room green. But the pool is still there underfoot, protected and in full working order. The pump and all equipment are at hand, with all ready for use again should the house be sold. Well, now Fairacre is on the market with the Kelly estate agency, seeking €1.8m. And new owners can enjoy the bar, rediscover the pool … [Read more...] about The pub with a heated indoor pool under the floorboards in Malahide
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This is the quietly, quietly low key world of top end executive rentals, where the cost of living in a single home can make up the entire purchase price of a D1 apartment over just 12 months. With high-flyers from home and abroad looking for premium properties in the tech and finance hub of the docklands, the south Dublin enclaves of D2, D4 and Dalkey, and parts of neighbouring Wicklow, Ireland's east coast is now home to what are some of the most expensive prime rentals in the world. And according to Ciara Shaffrey of relocation service Settle In, there is no shortage of takers. "After two years of uncertainty over Brexit, companies are moving here," she says. "Some are doing it under the radar so as not to upset global operations, but the wait-and-see period is over. Aircraft leasing companies, pharmaceuticals, finance, tech companies are spending big money to grow their business here, and they're bringing their best talent to make it happen." And it's not only foreign hotshots … [Read more...] about How the other half rents: What sort of home rents in Dublin for €20k a month?
Dolores' death brought a tragic end to an interstellar music career but also to a bumpy few years for the diminutive chanteuse with the big voice. She had divorced a few years earlier from her long-time husband, been caught up in an unseemly row on an Aer Lingus flight which had made world headlines and had also been dealing with bipolar disorder. But in 1996 as The Cranberries striking front woman, Dolores was at the high point of her career. That April the band released To the Faithful Departed, the album which followed 1994's massive No Need To Argue. She was two years married to Duran Duran road manager Don Burton and the couple were living the rural idyll at The Coach House, a medieval style residence beside Ballyhannon Castle at Quin in Co Clare. The artist with the mezzo soprano range was preparing for a huge world tour and she and Burton were also well underway with the construction work on what they believed would be their "forever' home - a modern mansion at Dun Chaoin in … [Read more...] about The Coach House
Bushfield House is located in an Architectural Conservation Area, which means that the area is considered to have a special character and be of architectural interest worthy of preservation. At one stage, the house, which is not listed, incorporated two shops - a hardware store and an estate agent - one with an entrance on Trafalgar Road and the other on Church Road. The original house was built on rock and, during the course of the restoration, the construction team found that the builders had used empty dynamite boxes as risers for the staircase. Waste not, want not. The current owner says that it was his priority to carry out an impeccable restoration of the property, consistent with best practice in terms of building conservation. To implement his vision, he retained the services of architect Neville Verdon of SBLM, and builders Higcon, who took on the underpinning and new foundations at the rear of the house. Securing planning permission and completing the build took 18 months, … [Read more...] about Period home lovingly restored… and the BER rating is a toasty B2
"It's called Bumble Cottage after my favourite fishing fly," says owner June Pilkington, who bought the cottage in 2006. "It's the fly you use for trout, and it looks like a teddy bear, soft and round." June has had plenty of opportunity to use the bumble fly - she bought the cottage as a holiday home for herself and her family in 2006, and has long run an import and distribution business for high-end angling gear with - until she sold it last year - a retail outlet based in Foxford. To the east of the property is the mighty River Moy, which is one of the richest salmon rivers in the country, known for famous fishing spots such as Ridge Pool and the Cathedral Beat along its route to the sea at Ballina. To the west is Lough Conn, famed for its brown trout, along with its sister lake Lough Cullin to the south. It is a five minute walk to Lough Conn, says, June, who is a former British Open long distance canoe champion, and loves nothing better than to take her canoe out on the lake to … [Read more...] about Heavenly escape: Bumble Cottage in Co Mayo is the perfect spot for contemplating the day’s catch