A POSH PAD WITH HIS­TORIC ROOTS

A fine place to call home… Stephanie Bell re­ports

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - Front Page -

Apart­ment liv­ing doesn’t come much grander than this.

Mote­lands is a unique pe­riod apart­ment which was orig­i­nally part of a man­sion house built in 1862 by renowned ar­chi­tect WJ Barre, who de­signed many lo­cal iconic build­ings and land­marks, in­clud­ing the Ul­ster Hall and Al­bert Clock.

The Moat House was thought­fully con­verted into sub­stan­tial in­di­vid­ual apart­ments in 1938, all of which have been sym­pa­thet­i­cally re­stored in re­cent years to an ex­tremely high stan­dard.

The house it­self has a rich his­tory and was orig­i­nally built for Thomas Valen­tine, a linen mer­chant and West­min­ster MP.

In 1900 it passed into the own­er­ship of Sir Robert John Mccon­nell, who was Lord Mayor of Belfast and later made Baronet by Queen Vic­to­ria.

Frank Work­man then bought the prop­erty in 1907 and lived there un­til his death in 1936 — Work­man Clark was Belfast’s smaller ship­yard and even though it was known lo­cally as ‘the wee yard’ it still em­ployed over 10,000 peo­ple.

The Mccon­nell fam­ily bought the house back af­ter the 1930s de­pres­sion and con­verted it into six apart­ments in 1938, which were re­designed and re­fur­bished in 2008.

On en­ter­ing what is still a very fine build­ing the beauty of the orig­i­nal de­sign is still very much ap­par­ent to­day and you can’t fail to be im­pressed by the hand-carved stone por­tico and gran­diose com­mu­nal stair­case lead­ing to the first floor apart­ments.

This re­ally is a top-end con­ver­sion and you will be sold on it even be­fore you en­ter the door of num­ber eight which con­tin­ues to make an im­pact with the taste­ful way it has been fin­ished and the space it of­fers.

There is an en­trance hall with video in­ter­com sys­tem and a cloak­room, plus ac­cess to a par­tially floored roof space.

The draw­ing room is an el­e­gant space with cor­niced ceil­ing and two quaint arched win­dows which have been fit­ted with chic plan­ta­tion shut­ters. A stun­ning pol­ished slate fire­place with cast iron in­set and black gran­ite hearth houses a liv­ing flame gas fire for in­stant warmth.

The kitchen stretches to al­most 16 feet and of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of solid oak high and low level units with glass dis­play cab­i­nets. There is a built-in Bau­matic un­der-bench stain­less steel oven with match­ing four-ring gas hob, an in­te­grated fridge freezer and a washer dryer.

An­other arched win­dow with wooden shut­ters makes a lovely fea­ture and there is am­ple room for a din­ing ta­ble.

There are two good sized bed­rooms with beau­ti­ful or­nate cor­niced ceil­ings and the master comes with a full en suite bath­room. More wooden shut­ters adorn the win­dows.

The en suite is fit­ted with a lux­u­ri­ous Waver­ley suite with a free-stand­ing roll top claw foot bath and a fully tiled cor­ner shower cu­bi­cle, pedestal wash hand basin and mir­rored wall cabi­net.

There is also a sep­a­rate bath­room with white suite fea­tur­ing a pan­elled bath with Bris­tan ther­mo­stat­i­cally con­trolled shower and glazed screen.

The apart­ment comes with gen­er­ous com­mu­nal car park­ing and gar­dens to the side in lawns with shrub beds.

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