Fun House – The Wexford family home with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and games room downstairs

Barraderragh House, The Avenue, Mulgannon, Town of Wexford Asking Price: €595,000 Brokers: Kehoe & Associates (053) 9114493

You will hardly find a more leisure-friendly home from which to enjoy summer in the sunny south east than Barraderragh House in Mulgannon on the south side of Wexford Town.

Barraderragh is not only accessible by car from Wexford’s famous sandy beaches and all the county’s great places to visit; It also features a 30-foot solar-heated outdoor pool with an indoor pool with a slide, a large outdoor hot tub, and a sauna. And a games room in the basement with pool table, table tennis and computer game station completes the picture.

There’s even a hidden access hatch for kids hidden in a closet in the hallway to one side, leading down a ladder to the playroom below.

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The exterior of the property at Mulgannon near the town of Wexford

Aedín Hassett bought the house in 2018 and added all these great recreational extras for a good reason.

Aedín and her husband Aidan, who used to live near Rosslare with their three children, were running a fire safety supplies business when tragedy struck.

Aidan died in an accident the week her youngest son, Ruarí, was due to receive communion. And the family went into shock.

After the funeral and some time, Aedín made a calculated decision. She realized that the loss of her father would affect her children for many years to come.

So she decided to create a home environment for all of them that would best help the family (including herself) deal with their grief. She had to find a place of refuge.

So she decided to sell the family home that held so many memories.

“I wanted to make a fresh start for all of us, but without leaving the county. We found Barraderragh House off a pretty leafy and peaceful avenue in Mulgannon in the town of Wexford. Birds sang and it felt like sanctuary.”

The owners, whose children had flown the nest, had built a new home on the property and would become the Hassetts’ new neighbors.

“There was this huge concrete-lined basement, and they told me that as their kids grew up, they used to hang out down there.”

Aedín agreed to sell it and set about creating a safe place for recovery.

She did her best to turn the basement into a welcoming playroom for the three kids, installing the pool table, ping-pong table and bringing in handymen to help craft this “secret” hatch.

She also felt that outdoor activities and quality time together were essential to what she wanted. And she wanted her children to learn to swim.

“So I dabbled in the idea of ​​getting a swimming pool. I started researching how it all worked, what it all cost and where it was available. I found that installing a pool actually wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. In fact, it worked a lot like putting in a conservatory.

“I found a company in Belgium and had the components and raw materials sent to me, the filter, the seal and so on. The pallet needed a forklift to move it.

“I brought in contractors to get started. In the meantime I’ve been looking online for a pool cover and found a fantastic version that simply slides back and forth to seal off the pool when not in use. It lets you see the water and lights at night.

“By buying it direct from China rather than from its European agent in the UK I actually saved two thirds of the total cost. We have fitted an array of twelve solar panels specifically designed for the Irish climate to save on heating bills. And when the sun shines at all, the water is warm.”

The Jacuzzi was installed for family relaxation. “Every night we all go into the hot tub and have a chat before bed. And the relaxing feeling makes everyone sleepy. We all nod off with no problem.”

And she says the sauna was relatively cheap too. “Actually, it’s just a kit with wooden boards. I would recommend anyone who wants one to look into it.”

Then came the Covid-19 lockdown. “I was surprised how often the kids used this pool. Every day there was splashing and shouting and playing and playing. And I would use it every day for aqua aerobics on youtube – for my special time.

“They also used this games room to compete with each other during the lockdown with billiards and table tennis. A work colleague came by and taught my daughter Evine to swim on Saturdays.

“The benefit for all of them was that once they learned to swim, having a pool to play around in all the time made them really strong swimmers.”

Aedín believes that Barraderragh House has done an excellent job in the three years since he moved into it.

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The Hassett family freshens up

“Maybe it’s hydrotherapy. We focused on having fun at home and our conversations in the hot tub. Now Seán is 14, Ruarí is 12 and Evine is 8 and despite our great loss I have happy children.”

Now the family is moving back south to Waterford, where Aedín’s twin sister lives. “I also have other sisters within easy reach of Waterford, and I want my children to mingle with all their cousins. So it is time to sell.”

In addition to the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and games room, the accommodation includes a storm porch with beautiful pillars leading into the marble tiled hall and an arched window overlooking the front gardens. Here the double hatch door leads to the basement.

Follow the hallway and there are two steps down to the living room which is L shaped and is on two levels. There is a wooden floor and an open fireplace with exposed brick detailing and sliding doors leading onto a large terrace.

The kitchen/dining area is also L-shaped with granite worktops and backsplashes, a double drainer sink and Neff oven, steam oven and ceramic hob. French doors lead onto the terrace.

There is a living room with wooden floors and a Stovax fireplace and french doors to the terrace.

There is a cloakroom, utility room, guest toilet and family bathroom with Triton shower. The master bedroom has doors to an en-suite bathroom with hydromax shower. There are five bedrooms in total.

Aedín says she will definitely install a pool in her next home. “Because now I have to learn to swim!” Kehoe & Associates are asking 595,000 euros for the house.

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