RU­RAL BLISS

IDYL­LIC LIV­ING ON THE ARDS PENIN­SULA

Belfast Telegraph - Homefinder - - Front Page - Stephanie Bell re­ports

IF you fancy a taste of the good life you will find it all here and more in this quaint fam­ily home which is si­t­u­ated in spec­tac­u­lar grounds on the beau­ti­ful Ards penin­sula.

It was orig­i­nally an old stone farm­house which has been ex­ten­sively mod­ernised and ex­tended to cre­ate a charm­ing rus­tic mod­ern home.

While it ticks ev­ery box for style, space and beauty, out­side is where you will be truly wooed by what is on of­fer.

Grow your own has been taken to a whole new level with a huge, well stocked veg­etable and fruit patch, a 60ft green­house which grows flow­ers for the main house and a tree plan­ta­tion which sup­plies wood for the many multi-fuel stoves in­side the prop­erty.

There is also an ex­ten­sive range of out­build­ings in­clud­ing a huge games room with a multi-fuel stove and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

How­ever, the real treat here is the mas­sive lake com­plete with deck and pon­toon for a row­ing boat which of­fers a pri­vate idyl­lic spot for fam­ily picnics and en­ter­tain­ing.

In to­tal there is seven acres of land in­clud­ing a three-acre field with a sta­ble which is cur­rently home to two don­keys.

The won­der­ful grounds are sur­rounded on all sides by open coun­try­side and of­fer amaz­ing views across Strang­ford Lough.

The house it­self is very pretty and fin­ished to a high stan­dard through­out. It has been thought­fully ex­tended and de­signed in- side to re­flect its ru­ral set­ting but with enough mod­ern touches and high end fin­ishes to give it a lux­ury feel.

It of­fers ex­ten­sive fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion with three re­cep­tion rooms, four good sized bed­rooms, a large coun­try kitchen and walk in pantry, a fam­ily bath­room and shower room.

The large main hall­way links the old cot­tage with the new ex­ten­sion with doors open­ing to both the front and back.

The lounge is a show stop­per and per­fectly cap­tures the beau­ti­ful ru­ral feel with a pitched roof, orig­i­nal old nat­u­ral stone walls, an Ore­gon pine floor and a beau­ti­ful be­spoke stone fire­place with cast iron multi-fuel stove. One wall fea­tures a se­ries of win­dows and there are glass doors open­ing to an out­side walled din­ing area with views over Strang­ford Lough and the front gar­den.

The kitchen is an­other huge and beau­ti­ful space also re­flect­ing the cot­tage style of the orig­i­nal prop­erty with ceil­ing beams and a large Aga range cooker with wooden beam man­tle, fea­ture plate racks and dis­play cab­i­nets.

Off the kitchen is a su­perb walk-in pantry fit­ted with units and has space for a fridge freezer.

From the kitchen you en­ter a quaint fam­ily room with cor­niced ceil­ing and a fea­ture fire­place with an­other multi-fuel stove with wood beam man­tle.

The pe­riod de­tail con­tin­ues in the din­ing room which is a bright space with a red brick fire­place and wood beam man­tle and more cor­nic­ing. Also on the ex­ten­sive ground floor is a lovely bed­room, shower room and a util­ity.

Even the fam­ily bath­room is de­light­ful with a white suite, painted tim­ber pan­elled bath and beamed ceil­ing.

Out­side this prop­erty is spec­tac­u­lar. The front gar­den fea­tures a large fish pond and a paved pa­tio area with elec­tric sock­ets for your out­door en­ter­tain­ing. There are lots of trees and ma­ture plants and the whole feel­ing is of seclu­sion and ru­ral bliss.

The stone built garage can eas­ily hold six cars and you also have no end of stor­age with two work­shops, an of­fice, pot­ting shed and that huge games room.

The court­yard sits be­tween the farm­house and the stone out­build­ings and of­fers ex­ten­sive park­ing. Be­yond it is a cot­tage gar­den with flower beds, a veg­etable gar­den, large barn, chicken house, orchard and 60ft green­house. As well as an ar­ray of veg­eta­bles and fruit, there is a plan­ta­tion of Eu­ca­lyp­tus trees which are har­vested for the three multi-fuel stoves.

The lake and gar­dens ex­tend to around an acre. The lake at­tracts an ar­ray of lo­cal wildlife in­clud­ing herons, mal­lards, swans and cor­morants.

Don’t miss our ex­clu­sive vir­tual video tour of this prop­erty at

www.belfast­tele­graph.co.uk

Great out­doors

Spec­tac­u­lar grounds sur­round this won­der­ful home

Coun­try cook­ing

The Aga range stands out in the fam­ily kitchen A stun­ning stone fire­place dom­i­nates the lounge (above), while out­side there is a veg­etable gar­den and green­house (left) and a lake (right) with deck and pon­toon for a row­ing boat which of­fers an amaz­ing spot for sum­mer en­ter­tain­ing

Road, Kir­cub­bin

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