CHARM­ING GATE HOUSE IN CAR­NALEA

This quaint gate house has been ren­o­vated and ex­tended into a fine mod­ern home with bags of charm.

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - Front Page - Stephanie Bell re­ports...

PRE­PARE to be charmed by the el­e­gance, space and unique char­ac­ter of this ex­cep­tional gate house in Car­nalea.

Dat­ing back to 1860, the house en­chants with its pe­riod beauty and has un­der­gone ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment in re­cent years with a new ex­ten­sion cre­at­ing a wealth of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The quaint style which makes gate houses so sought af­ter can be found along­side clean, mod­ern, lux­u­ri­ous fin­ishes.

The house has three en suite be­d­rooms, a stu­dio, for­mal din­ing room with but­ler’s pantry, open plan liv­ing space and kitchen, a draw­ing room, boot room and util­ity room.

The en­vi­able po­si­tion along a pri­vate road of­fers a tran­quil set­ting which is handy to Car­nal- ea rail­way halt and close North Down’s pop­u­lar coastal paths.

There are beau­ti­ful views from ev­ery as­pect in­clud­ing breath­tak­ing sea views from up­stairs.

A sun porch leads into a wel­com­ing hall­way which fea­tures a lovely retro style ra­di­a­tor, a sign of the at­ten­tion to de­tail that has gone into cre­at­ing this special home.

The first bed­room is just off the hall­way and harks back to the ori­gins of the house with a cast iron fire­place and cor­nice ceil­ing. The en suite shower room is fin­ished with porce­lain wall and floor tiles.

The draw­ing room is a bright and calm­ing space with built in book cases and a maple floor.

There is a rear hall­way and a fab­u­lous fea­ture is a min­strel gallery with glass balustrade over­look­ing a large liv­ing room with ex­posed fea­ture Belfast brick wall and cast iron wood burn­ing stove.

A nat­u­ral well with glazed floor cover is an un­usual find in this room which also has French doors open­ing to a rear pa­tio.

This room opens into the su­perb kitchen which is high spec all the way with hand painted be­spoke units.

There is a Fis­cher and Paykel stain­less steel range oven, a six ring gas hob, a dou­ble oven and warm­ing draw­ers, an in­te­grated dish­washer and a ca­sual din­ing penin­sula.

Off the kitchen is a util­ity kit­ted out with the same qual­ity units.

Off the min­strel gallery is a stu­dio with bi-fold glass doors cre­at­ing an­other beau­ti­ful be­spoke fea­ture in this part of the house.

The el­e­gant din­ing room is fin­ished with a par­quet wood block floor and fea­tures a walk-in but­ler’s pantry.

The master bed­room looks out over Belfast Lough and comes with an en suite dress­ing area as well as a lux­ury shower room with twin wash hand basins and bidet.

The third bed­room also has charm­ing views and a mod­ern en suite.

Out­side there is an en­closed rear court­yard garden with paved pa­tio ar­eas, raised flowerbeds and a raised seat­ing area.

The front has a peb­bled drive­way with ma­ture plant­ing.

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