Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - News - Prop­erty Cor­re­spon­dent Stephanie Bell stef­bell@hot­mail.co.uk

An au­then­tic slice of ru­ral his­tory is cap­tured in our stun­ning fea­ture home this week.

Mill Lane Cot­tage sits within what was the orig­i­nal grounds of Ballyal­ton House es­tate right on the lane which led to a Ge­or­gian mill.

Some of the grounds re­main un­touched by cen­turies and the se­cluded site and won­der­ful gar­dens will se­duce view­ers even be­fore they step inside the cot­tage it­self.

Once inside pre­pare to be sur­prised by the el­e­gance and charm. A ma­jor re­cent ren­o­va­tion has been sym­pa­thetic to the quaint ori­gins of the prop­erty but has el­e­vated it to give the sense of a grand coun­try home rather than a hum­ble ru­ral dwelling.

It is a beau­ti­ful restora­tion with cosy cot­tage style features blend­ing with modern fin­ishes and tra­di­tional in­te­rior styling.

Our se­cond fea­ture home on pages four and five is very 21st cen­tury. This de­signer-led home has ex­cep­tional style and spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Be­spoke features give it that de­signer edge and a pro­fes­sional in­te­rior de­signer has gone to work on bring­ing its many fine qual­i­ties to life.

It is a fam­ily home and the at­ten­tion to de­tail con­tin­ues in the care­fully land­scaped front and back gar­dens where power points, hot and cold wa­ter and light­ing all cater for modern out­door entertaining.

The house also en­joys a su­perb lo­ca­tion close to the coast in Ballyholme.

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