RU­RAL BLISS

A CO DOWN COUN­TRY­SIDE ES­CAPE

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PUD­DING Cot­tage is one of those beau­ti­ful coun­try bolt­holes where you can kick back and be at ease with life and your sur­round­ings.

Its tran­quil ru­ral set­ting is pretty spec­tac­u­lar and it is easy to see why it is thought to be the ‘ high­est’ res­i­den­tial house in Ban­bridge as ev­ery win­dow of­fers un­in­ter­rupted views of the rolling Co Down coun­try­side.

It is an as­pi­ra­tional property set in spa­cious grounds of 1.5 acres with an ex­act­ing fin­ish in­side and out.

The fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion has been thought out for com­fort­able, lux­ury liv­ing with five bed­rooms, four bath­rooms, four re­cep­tion rooms and a ‘granny’ wing.

Built in a mix­ture of nat­u­ral stone and smooth ren­der, the house blends beau­ti­fully with its coun­try set­ting and has been de­signed around a cob­bled court­yard and ex­ten­sive pa­tio ar­eas which take full ad­van­tage of the stun­ning views.

The lush land­scaped grounds have been de­signed to en­gage all of the senses with a large va­ri­ety of fruit trees and beau­ti­ful flow­ers and shrubs.

This property keeps on giv­ing with two large out­build­ings hous­ing an of­fice/gym/games room with floored at­tic and a 600 sq ft stor­age unit/work­shop, green house, pot­ting shed and two garages with elec­tric doors.

The out­build­ings have been fin­ished to such a high stan­dard with in­su­la­tion and plumb­ing that they of­fer the po­ten­tial for use as an an­nex, B&B or self ca­ter­ing cot­tage.

A lantern-lit drive­way winds through ex­ten­sive lawns to the front of the house.

In­side, Pud­ding Cot­tage is fin­ished with solid wooden floors, large oak pic­ture win­dows and quaint fea­tures, all well planned to suit its coun­try set­ting.

A de­light­ful en­trance porch with Vic­to­rian tiled floor and stained glass door opens to a warm and wel­com­ing hall­way where a beau­ti­ful solid oak stair­case is set off with solid oak floor­ing and doors.

The first re­cep­tion room is a vast space with large pic­ture oak framed win­dows and pa­tio doors, again with oak floor­ing and a beau­ti­ful mar­ble fire­place.

The din­ing room is an­other de­light­ful space with a large bay win­dow look­ing out over the coun­try­side and fea­tures a stun­ning re­claimed an­tique fire­place dat­ing back to 1850.

There is an­other re­cep­tion room which in­ter­est­ing leads to a spa­cious dou­ble bed­room sit­u­ated in the “granny wing” with built in dou­ble wardrobe and a gor­geous wood wall pan­elled en suite with free stand­ing bath.

There is a quaint cloak­room again with wooden half pan­elled walls and then the mag­nif­i­cent kitchen.

The large bright fam­ily kitchen stretches into an­other huge bay win­dow which is a per­fect din­ing nook.

The ivory coun­try style units are topped with gran­ite and there is a dou­ble Belfast sink and large cen­tral is­land. The fo­cal point is a large red four oven Aga cooker with over man­tle shelf.

The ex­ten­sive liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion con­tin­ues with a cosy fam­ily room with stone wall fire place with wood burner stove and pa­tio doors open­ing to an­other pa­tio area.

There is a util­ity room, a large walk in pantry and an es­sen­tial in ev­ery coun­try house — a wash­room lo­cated at the back door so that you can change and wash from muddy out­door wear with­out trail­ing dirt through your beau­ti­ful home.

All of the bed­rooms are de­light­ful fea­tur­ing lovely de­tails like boxed win­dow seats to make the most of the won­der­ful van­tage point of the property.

The bath­rooms — all four of them — are lux­u­ri­ously fit­ted out and the mas­ter en suite is deca­dent, fea­tur­ing a free stand­ing bath and a con­ve­nient cor­ner shower cu­bi­cle.

The mas­ter bed­room is dual as­pect and also comes with a large walk in wardrobe area.

Out­side and the court­yard build­ings fea­ture a Pud­ding Cot­tage clock tower and be­yond the out­build­ings are ex­ten­sive lawns bor­dered by ma­ture trees.

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