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Laps of luxury Inside the €725,000 Wexford home with a heated pool, tennis court, home bar and cinema 

Seven-bedroomed property in Kilmuckridge is a hot property post-lockdown

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'San Antonio' near Kilmuckridge has an outdoor heated pool

'San Antonio' near Kilmuckridge has an outdoor heated pool

The property is located 2km from the nearest beach

The property is located 2km from the nearest beach

The entrance hall and main staircase

The entrance hall and main staircase

Bathroom with jacuzzi style bath

Bathroom with jacuzzi style bath

Another view of the entrance hall

Another view of the entrance hall

A view of the dining room from the mezzanine

A view of the dining room from the mezzanine

The home bar and games room

The home bar and games room

The house has seven bedrooms

The house has seven bedrooms

The open plan kitchen/dining/living area

The open plan kitchen/dining/living area

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'San Antonio' near Kilmuckridge has an outdoor heated pool

‘San Antonio’, Killcooley Beg,, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford Asking price: €725,000 Agents: Property Partners O’Brien Swaine (053) 948 1708

WHEN the Home TV channel did a survey asking their viewers what factors they believed best identified a luxury home, the top response by far, at 30pc, was that it should have a swimming pool.

Not surprisingly, the principle choice for those installing a pool in Ireland is the indoor heated version, either installed in a basement beneath the main home, or more commonly (for
cost considerations), in an ancillary building purpose-built near the main house.

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The open plan kitchen/dining/living area

The open plan kitchen/dining/living area

The open plan kitchen/dining/living area

But despite indoor pools being favoured in recent decades, we did have a past culture of outdoor pool swimming, even at the seaside; as evidenced by old saltwater baths which were located at Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock and Clontarf.

But we only have to look out the window this week at our July monsoon weather to see why indoor heated pools have been winning out among those investing in recent decades.

However, attitudes to outdoor swims are swinging back in favour thanks to Covid 19. Lockdown has brought us the saltwater swimming craze with big groups of “dry robers” of all ages who now gather on mornings at coastal locations all over Ireland to take the plunge, rain or shine, and in freezing cold water.

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The house has seven bedrooms

The house has seven bedrooms

The house has seven bedrooms

Today it’s being called ‘wild swimming,’ and while the salt water swim groups were always there, Covid 19 lockdown served to greatly swell the numbers turning out to socialise and exercise safely outdoors and at a distance.

Media interviews with dry rober groups have shown that aside from the social element and the exercise, there’s a medicinal aspect being rediscovered — the exhilaration and health qualities of cold water, which has long been celebrated in other cultures, particularly among the Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans. Enthusiasts also say that swimming outdoors also allows you to reconnect with the environment.

But not everyone lives near the sea. And for this reason leading Irish pool suppliers are hoping that the craze for all weather, all season, outdoor swimming will lift demand for outdoor pools.

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The entrance hall and main staircase

The entrance hall and main staircase

The entrance hall and main staircase

Outdoor pools are far cheaper to install than their indoor counterparts, being minus the need for a housing structure, the cost of heating that building and the requirement for dehumidifiers.

And in good summers, outdoor pools lend themselves more readily to sunbathing, drinks and barbecues with family and friends. Improvements in the standards of pool covers in recent years also mean that they’re easier than ever to keep free of debris — the biggest bugbear associated with owning an outdoor pool — when not in use.

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Completed in 2009, a modern luxury home near the seaside village of Kilmuckridge in the sunny south-east offers its owners the choice of both ‘wild’ saltwater swimming in the sea and outdoor pool swimming on site — it is located within reach of a number of beaches in the sunny south-east while also enjoying its own 10-metre outdoor heated pool.

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The home bar and games room

The home bar and games room

The home bar and games room

San Antonio is set in the village of Killcooley Beg, a five-minute drive from Kilmuckridge and 2km from the nearest beach. Sandy beaches stretch for miles along the coastline from Tinnaberna Beach to Morriscastle Strand.

At 3,000 sq ft, the property has many other features ideally tailored for lockdown. There’s the home pub, with a fully equipped bar and games room with a pool table, darts board and built-in sound system.

For movie buffs, there’s a cinema room with full-surround sound, plush carpeting, an ultra large screen and inset lighting. There’s also a multi-seater hot tub, an extensive barbecue patio and a tennis court. An acre of landscaped gardens complete the picture.

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Bathroom with jacuzzi style bath

Bathroom with jacuzzi style bath

Bathroom with jacuzzi style bath

For €725,000, which equates to the price of a modest three-bed bungalow in Foxrock, the agents say the property is attracting interest from Dublin couples looking to trade city living for the space, the beach and the pool.

Since coming to market on last Friday, five Dublin-based parties have requested viewings.

The house has all the bells and whistles associated with modern builds, including underfloor heating, an air-to-water heating system which can be switched to air conditioning in summer, triple-glazed windows, remote control Velux windows, intercoms on both floors and a B2 BER which will keep the cost of heating this triple sized home down low.

Off the tiled entrance hallway is a sitting room and open-plan kitchen/dining/living room with marbled floor, fitted units, centre island and a large range cooker. From here, French doors open out to the patio and pool area, while indoors there’s a good sized utility room and guest WC.

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A view of the dining room from the mezzanine

A view of the dining room from the mezzanine

A view of the dining room from the mezzanine

The separate games room to the left of the property includes a shower area and has folding doors leading to the pool. And this comes with a solar-heated electric operating cover, a hot tub, decking area and there’s a decorative fountain to boot.

Also to the rear are a storage shed/pump house for the pool and heating system, tool shed and exterior lighting front and back. The front driveway is accessed via remote-controlled electric gates.

From the double-height hall, an open contemporary style staircase with steal rails leads up to a mezzanine level, off which are four bedrooms, the main with an ensuite bathroom and French doors opening out to a balcony overlooking the back garden and pool area.

There are three further bedrooms on this floor, two ensuite and one currently used as a home office. There’s also a family bathroom with jacuzzi bath.

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Another view of the entrance hall

Another view of the entrance hall

Another view of the entrance hall

The house is 2km from Tinnaberna Beach and 5km from the local shops, bars and restaurants at Kilmuckridge. In fact San Antonio has access to one of Ireland’s longest stretches of fine sand beaches.

Starting up the coast to the north, you have Courtown with its arcades, amusements and fairground rides a 20 minutes’ drive away from San Antonio. Courtown, traditionally a favoured spot for city dwellers also has its beach.

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The property is located 2km from the nearest beach

The property is located 2km from the nearest beach

The property is located 2km from the nearest beach

From here you run down the coast through the fine strands at Sandycove, Curracloe, Raven Point, Morriscastle and on to Cahore Point. All of these are popular summer retreats for Dubliners.

To the south of this property you’ll find Kilmore Quay, famed for its summer boating and sea fishing excursions. Travelling further down the county brings you to Rosslare Strand and New Ross, the historic and scenic port town where the Dunbrody famine ship is moored.

The owners have moved abroad and Property Partners O’Brien Swaine will let you take the plunge at San Antonio for €725,000.


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