Charm­ing coun­try home of­fers to­tal seclu­sion … Stephanie Bell re­ports

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Sit­ting in a se­cluded ma­ture par­tially wooded site of around one acre this charm­ing old mill cot­tage is as pretty as a pic­ture.

A ma­jor re­cent ren­o­va­tion has kept the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter in­tact while giv­ing the cot­tage an up- to- date el­e­gant feel.

Out­side the grounds are so peace­ful the only sound you can hear is the caw­ing of the rooks high up in the tree­tops.

The prop­erty was orig­i­nally a pair of cot­tages be­long­ing to the Ballyal­ton House es­tate.

There is a small sec­tion of the orig­i­nal flax mill still present in the grounds with a stream with nat­u­ral water­fall trick­ling through the main gar­den.

The drive­way of the cot­tage is lined with stones from the Ge­or­gian mill which dates back to1790 and the site also has part of the orig­i­nal stone wall run­ning along the bound­ary.

The two houses were knocked through into one dwelling around 40 years ago when they were ex­ten­sively mod­ernised and ren­o­vated.

Dur­ing more ren­o­va­tions this time last year, the orig­i­nal front door step, made of Scrabo stone, was dis­cov­ered out­side and has since be­come a fea­ture.

The cur­rent own­ers went to great pains to re­tain the in­tegrity of the orig­i­nal build­ings while transforming the prop­erty into a gen­teel coun­try home.

The quarry tiled floor has been re­tained in the kitchen and all the orig­i­nal doors and latches have been re­stored and are fully op­er­a­tional, with a stove in the sit­ting room that quickly sends heat through the main house.

At one end of the house you will find the re­cep­tion rooms with the kitchen open to the sit­ting room where there is a good flow through to a con­ser­va­tory and draw­ing room, per­fect for entertaining.

At the op­po­site end of the cot­tage are the three bed­rooms

and a beau­ti­ful bath­room.

A bright en­trance hall leads first to the el­e­gant draw­ing room where a pe­riod mar­ble fire­place with carved wooden sur­round and pe­riod style elec­tric grate takes pride of place.

The open plan sit­ting room/ kitchen is cosy yet also has a grace­ful air in the way it has been styled and laid out.

There is a tiled fire­place with Ed­war­dian oak sur­round and slate hearth with cast iron solid fuel stove. An ex­posed ceil­ing beam runs be­tween the kitchen and sit­ting room and the kitchen is fit­ted with solid oak units and comes with a Siemens elec­tric ce­ramic hob, Smeg elec­tric oven, in­te­grated Hotpoint washer/dryer and in­te­grated fridge.

And old quarry floor in the kitchen area meets cosy car­pet in the liv­ing space.

Glazed dou­ble doors open to a de­light­ful con­ser­va­tory which is built from hard­wood and is also fin­ished with a slate tiled floor.

The bed­rooms all have dual as­pect win­dows over­look­ing the gar­dens and the bath­room has been given a stylish makeover with painted part tongue and groove pan­elled walls which runs along the side of the bath and a con­cealed cis­tern. There is also a fully tiled shower cu­bi­cle with elec­tric shower.

The prop­erty is ap­proached by a lovely coun­try lane which is bor­dered by trees with re­claimed wrought iron en­trance gates.

There is around an acre of lawns with a stream run­ning along the bot­tom of the gar­den.

Within the grounds are sloe bushes if you fancy mak­ing your own gin and adding a mag­i­cal touch are a num­ber of Hawthorn or “fairy trees” that have been left un­touched for well over a cen­tury.

The large side gar­den was for­merly home to a pony with plenty of room for a sta­ble at ei­ther end of the gar­den and there is also a small “se­cret gar­den” at the end of the house.

A con­crete plinth could serve as a pa­tio or base for an out­build­ing and there is a pa­tio out­side the con­ser­va­tory.

The classy in­te­rior of this prop­erty is in keep­ing with the his­tory and the su­perb ru­ral set­ting

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