VIC­TO­RIAN SPLEN­DOUR IN BELFAST

An ele­gant pe­riod home in Malone… Stephanie Bell re­ports

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - Front Page -

Built in 1876 this pretty dou­ble fronted Malone house is an ex­am­ple of the won­der­ful ar­chi­tec­ture for which the Vic­to­rian era is renowned.

It would have been a fine home in its day and still sits proud in an ex­clu­sive res­i­den­tial area, just off the Malone Road, within range of lead­ing schools and lo­cal shops and restau­rants.

The prop­erty has been ex­ten­sively re­stored re­tain­ing its beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal char­ac­ter with high or­nate cor­niced ceil­ings, orig­i­nal var­nished tim­ber floors, slid­ing sash win­dows and pe­riod fire­places.

While there is a real feel­ing of grandeur in­side, the in­ter­nal lay­out has been de­signed and ap­pointed in a con­tem­po­rary way to cre­ate a com­fort­able fam­ily home of ex­cep­tional qual­ity and style.

It is a sub­stan­tial prop­erty with an en­trance porch, re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room, draw­ing room, din­ing room, liv­ing room, a ca­sual liv­ing and din­ing area open to a su­perbly ap­pointed Ital­ian kitchen and an ad­join­ing util­ity room.

On the first floor, there are three spa­cious bed­rooms, in­clud­ing a master suite with a spa­cious dress­ing room and en suite bath­room and on a re­turn land­ing there is a bath­room and a util­ity room which is plumbed for ap­pli­ances.

On the sec­ond floor there are two fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms and a con­tem­po­rary styled bath­room with shower.

You get an im­me­di­ate sense of grandeur as soon as you step in­side where orig­i­nal pan­elled doors, cor­belling and cor­nic­ing cre­ate a beau­ti­ful hall­way.

An ele­gant din­ing room opens into a bay win­dow and there is a lovely orig­i­nal fire­place, plus lots of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing cor­nic­ing, a pic­ture rail and strip wooden floor.

This opens into an equally grace­ful draw­ing room with an­other fea­ture fire­place and French win­dows open­ing to the gar­den.

There is also a quaint and cosy study with pe­riod fire­place and built-in shelv­ing and a mod­ern shower room on the ground floor.

Glazed dou­ble doors open into a bright split level kitchen/liv­ing/ din­ing area, which is a won­der­ful part of this house.

A lantern style glazed roof light makes a fine fea­ture over the din­ing area and French doors open onto a de­light­ful walled gar­den.

Steps lead up to the kitchen which is fit­ted with a mix of cream painted and wooden units and has at its heart an Aga range cooker with dou­ble oven and four ring hob.

There are also mar­ble work sur­faces and an in­te­grated dish­washer and fridge.

Off the kitchen is a cloaks area and util­ity room plus a beau­ti­ful bath­room with large walk-in wet room style shower.

The master bed­room em­u­lates the re­fined air of this lovely prop­erty and as well as dou­ble doors lead­ing to a mag­nif­i­cent dress­ing room there are dou­ble doors open­ing onto a bal­cony over­look­ing the won­der­ful gar­dens.

The en suite is lux­u­ri­ous and con­tem­po­rary with a fully tiled shower unit and tra­di­tional white suite.

As well as three more quaintly styled bed­rooms there is a re­lax­ing sit­ting room which is wired for sur­round sound.

An­other bath­room is fin­ished to a high end spec­i­fi­ca­tion with mod­ern wash hand van­ity unit and cor­ner shower cu­bi­cle with fea­ture tiling and a bath with chrome mixer taps.

Out­side the prop­erty mir­rors its Vic­to­rian her­itage with wrought iron rail­ings and fea­ture box hedg­ing cre­at­ing a neatly pre­sented front gar­den and at the back is a de­light­ful ma­ture pri­vate gar­den with sun house and a se­cluded pa­tio. There is also a pri­vate drive­way.

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