IDYLLIC LOUGH-SIDE LIVING
Country mansion offers more than meets the eye ... Stephanie Bell reports
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.