This quaint his­toric prop­erty has been lov­ingly crafted into a modern fam­ily home with bags of char­ac­ter. Stephanie Bell re­ports...

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CON­VERTED from two cot­tages and part of a quaint clus­ter of pe­riod homes that for­merly housed the ser­vants of the Glen­machan Es­tate, Brook Cot­tage is a truly unique home that will charm any­one who steps in­side.

Dat­ing back to around 1850 it is be­lieved that the house was for­merly home to the but­ler and the chauf­feur of the es­tate.

The cot­tage is part of a num­ber of prop­er­ties that were for­merly the old farm house, the coach house and labourer’s cot­tages on the es­tate, giv­ing the area a vil­lage type feel.

The con­ver­sion into one de­tached house was car­ried out in the 1990s and has been so well done it is hard to imag­ine that it was ever two sep­a­rate homes.

Many orig­i­nal fea­tures com­bine with high end cot­tage style modern fin­ishes to cre­ate a warm and invit­ing in­te­rior.

In­side feels spa­cious up­stairs and down. There are two bed­rooms, a walk in wardrobe, large study and bath­room on the first floor while down­stairs there are two re­cep­tion rooms, a kitchen open plan to an­other liv­ing area, a util­ity and a WC.

The prop­erty sits in ex­ten­sive gar­dens which have been mag­i­cally trans­formed by the cur­rent own­ers and there is a de­tached garage.

The owner’s builder was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing cre­ate brick path­ways, walls and raised flowerbeds but ul­ti­mately the gar­den has been a labour of love and has evolved from a pas­sion for cot­tage type flow­ers and shrubs which have been col­lected from Mountstew­art to Corn­wall.

The ter­raced river bank pro­vides colour all year round and the small veg­etable patch will keep you stocked up with herbs, fruit and veg­eta­bles in the sum­mer.

This de­light­ful home charms from the mo­ment you step into the vestibule which is fin­ished with a quarry tiled floor and tongue and groove ceil­ing.

You then en­ter via a barn style front

door into a spa­cious din­ing hall which opens into a bay.

There is an in­glenook fire­place with brick sur­round and gas fired stove, plus quarry tiled floor with car­pet inset in the din­ing area which sits in front of two win­dows.

The draw­ing room is also spa­cious and fea­tures a carved wood sur­round fire­place with cast iron inset and gas fire. This room also has a tongue and groove ceil­ing.

The de­light­ful kitchen is top of the range fin­ished with solid wood painted units topped with gran­ite and fea­tur­ing a Belfast sink, an in­te­grated double oven and five ring gas hob.

It opens into a quaint liv­ing area where French doors lead to a rear pa­tio and the gar­dens.

There is a well equipped util­ity with gran­ite work­top and a solid barn style back door as well as a cloak­room with at­trac­tive built in draw­ers and cup­boards topped with gran­ite.

A mez­za­nine style land­ing adds even more char­ac­ter and fea­tures an­other pe­riod fire­place with cast iron sur­round, per­fectly lend­ing it­self to a home study or an ad­di­tional liv­ing area.

The bed­rooms are beau­ti­fully styled and there is a su­perb walk in wardrobe with hang­ing rails and shelv­ing which is plumbed for an en suite.

No ex­pense has been spared in cre­at­ing the charm­ing fam­ily bath­room which has been fin­ished with part wood pan­elled walls and fea­tures a stand­alone ball and claw roll top bath.

There is also a walk in shower cu­bi­cle and a lovely tra­di­tional style van­ity sint unit.

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