Coun­try man­sion of­fers more than meets the eye ... Stephanie Bell re­ports

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THERE is much more to this charm­ing cot­tage-style de­tached fam­ily home than meets the eye.

Its peace­ful set­ting, over­look­ing Strang­ford Lough with mag­nif­i­cent views stretch­ing to­wards the Mourne Moun­tains, is sim­ply idyl­lic.

The house it­self is spa­cious and bright with an open plan lay­out which lends it­self to mod­ern fam­ily life.

The grounds of­fer so much in terms of life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There is the chance to en­joy the amaz­ing coun­try­side on horse­back with four sta­bles and a large barn with hayloft. There is also an of­fice with po­ten­tial to be turned into a granny flat and a large pi­lates stu­dio built over a swim­ming pool which could eas­ily be brought back, plus a spa and shower room.

The gar­den, with its many en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas, is the per­fect place to sit on a sunny day and en­joy the won­der­ful views.

The house opens into a large re­cep­tion hall with liv­ing area which leads through to the draw­ing room, a for­mal din­ing room and fam­ily room, all with great views. To the back of the house there is an open plan liv­ing/din­ing/kitchen and a util­ity room.

Up­stairs there are five bed­rooms, the master with a shower room, a main bath­room and a cloak­room.

The front of the house over­looks the Lough and the house it­self is a sub­stan­tial coun­try home.

A porch opens into a large re­cep­tion hall which is also used as a liv­ing room. The fo­cal point of this quaint space is an an­tique style fire­place with solid wood sur­round and gas fire in­set.

Other lovely de­tails in­clude pan­elled win­dows with fit­ted shut­ters, cor­niced ceil­ing and a stair­case lead­ing to the first floor.

There is an ele­gant draw­ing room with beau­ti­ful views over Starng­ford Lough. This lovely room has a pe­riod fire­place with gas fire, win­dow shut­ters and built in shelv­ing to house your favourite books or dis­play trea­sured knick knacks.

A bright for­mal din­ing room also has a mar­vel­lous wooden fire­place with open fire and room for a 12-14 seater din­ing ta­ble. A door opens to a sun room and an­other door leads to the kitchen.

The kitchen, liv­ing and ca­sual din­ing room is de­signed in an L shape and is a con­tem­po­rary space with a vaulted wooden ceil­ing con­trasted against fresh white walls and large pic­ture win­dows.

The kitchen is fit­ted with white units and in­cludes a pantry and open shelv­ing as well as a large range of cup­boards. A gas stove adds a cosy touch to the liv­ing area where the views stretch across open coun­try­side and Strang­ford Lough.

Steps lead down into sun room where dou­ble doors open into the gar­den.

There is also a rear hall­way with a cloak­room, boot room and a laun­dry room.

Up­stairs and the views from most of the bed­rooms are even more spec­tac­u­lar.

The master bed­room is fit­ted with at­trac­tive built-in robes and comes with a deca­dent en suite with bath and a gran­ite topped van­ity unit and mir­ror.

The re­main­ing three bed­rooms all have built-in wardrobes and there is a lava­tory with an­tique style pedestal wash hand basin plus a fam­ily bath­room which opens in a spa­cious L shape with fit­ted panel bath, shower cu­bi­cle, wash hand basin and heated towel rail.

The prop­erty is ap­proached via a drive­way which leads to a large court­yard at the back of the house where you will find a range of im­pres­sive out­build­ings.

The stu­dio is a large bright space with lots of win­dows and lam­i­nate floor which has been set over a swim­ming pool which is cur­rently in­ac­ces­si­ble, but could eas­ily be re­stored. There is a spa area with a sauna and a shower room.

The of­fice comes with a kitchen, shower room and a sep­a­rate study which lends it­self to easy adap­ta­tion as a granny flat or an­nex.

There is also a sta­ble block, gar­dener’s shed, store room and loft.

The gar­dens which sur­round the prop­erty are filled with trees and flow­ers and lovely pa­tio ar­eas for en­ter­tain­ing and mak­ing the most of the pic­turesque sur­round­ings.

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