4 of a kind: Homes for water lovers with pools and ponds

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Anna Shelswell White 28/04/2022
Relax and unwind to the sound of water nearby.

PONDS AREN’T JUST pretty features in a garden – they have heaps of ecological benefits, too. They act as biodiversity hotspots that support wildlife while taking up space that could be covered in grass and require regular watering and mowing otherwise.

If environmental factors play into your house hunt, check out these four picks that all benefit from water features close by.

Calverstown, Co Kildare – €1,200,000

With a price tag reflecting the luxury, Blackhall Glebe is a six-bedroom home that not only has its own pond outside, but also a heated indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna inside. The ideal home for those who love house guests, the property also has two-bed guest apartment.

Sitting on a 1.6 acre site, the house itself spans a whopping 618 m². Upon entering, the large hallway surrounds a tiled courtyard which definitely sets a precedent for the rest of the house – luxury fixtures and fittings in the heart of all of the sporting action Kildare has to offer. 

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Carrignavar, Co. Cork – €525,000

Dun-Ard House in Cork offers country living that’s just a 20-minute drive away from the city. A detached family home with four bedrooms, it sits on landscaped gardens while offering countryside views. Set on .8 of an acre, you approach the property via a gravel driveway before you’re presented with the garden that’s filled with mature trees, laurel and beech hedging.

The large patio, that’s home to the pond, leads to more luxury when you step inside. A snooker room, a gym and an office are just some of the features spread across this 307 m² home. 

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Castleconnell, Co Limerick – €850,000

In the village of Castleconnell sits this five-bedroom detached home which is set on over an acre with the River Shannon flowing nearby. On arrival, you’re met with automatic gates and a gravel driveway that leads to the pretty surrounding garden with an idyllic pond area surrounded by shrubs and plants.

Inside, the hallway is bright and airy and leads to two reception rooms,  as well as an open plan kitchen/dining/living room with French doors opening onto a patio area. With one bedroom downstairs, the remaining four doubles live upstairs along with the main bathroom. The main bedroom benefits from a view of the river thanks to a large bay window. 

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Stradbally, Co Laois – price on application

On first look, you could easily assume that this five-bed, four-bathroom detached home is older than it is. With nods to architectural elements of the 1800s inside and out, Ballythomas, which is located just a seven minute drive from the Laois village of Stradbally, is in fact just twenty years old.

This is a big family home that spans 301.36 m2 and includes three acres – home to a large feature pond with a willow tree. Keen vegetable growers and gardeners will love the 9 x 12 meter greenhouse, apple trees, pear trees and mature shrubbery that also live here. Inside, the house is filled with interesting features, from exposed stone walls to arched doorways and a sweeping staircase.

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