This fine pe­riod gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence is home to Lord Alderdice and his fam­ily and of­fers lots of grandeur and a tran­quil set­ting within the heart of east Belfast. Stephanie Bell re­ports...

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THIS grand Vic­to­rian gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence built in the late 19th cen­tury has been home to the fam­ily of for­mer Al­liance leader John Alderdice and his wife Joan for many years.

The cou­ple are sell­ing af­ter de­cid­ing to move to Eng­land to be closer to their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Lord Alderdice said of their beau­ti­ful home: “Our home at Knock Road has been a mar­vel­lous place to live, to bring up our fam­ily and to en­ter­tain friends, and I note that Bal­ly­hack­amore has re­cently been recog­nised as one of the most de­sir­able places to live in North­ern Ire­land – some­thing that those of us who live there have known for a very long time.”

The prop­erty sits on a se­cluded site hid­den in ma­ture gar­dens while be­ing in the heart of Knock in East Belfast within strolling dis­tance of Stor­mont.

The house is as grand as you would ex­pect in­side where the qual­ity of crafts­man­ship of this era is on dis­play through­out its beau­ti­fully ap­pointed rooms.

Many of the pe­riod fea­tures have been pre­served in­clud­ing or­nate cor­nices, stained glass win­dows and beau­ti­ful oak pan­elling.

High ceil­ings, gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned rooms and a clever in­ter­nal lay­out com­ple­mented by a rear ex­ten­sion pro­vide an abun­dance of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

There is an el­e­gant draw­ing room, a for­mal din­ing room, a mod­ern kitchen/din­ing room, large fam­ily room which opens to a con­ser­va­tory and a util­ity room on the ground floor.

The first and sec­ond floors fea­ture five bed­rooms, mas­ter with en suite and there is a sep­a­rate shower room.

Out­side the ex­ten­sive grounds are in keep­ing with the pres­tige of the main house and offer an idyl­lic es­cape from the out­side world.

There are rolling lawns, ma-

ture trees and shrubs, an Ital­ian gar­den with a water foun­tain and sunken pond and there is even a Tem­ple ‘folly’ with Janus Head by sculp­tor, Anna Cheyne.

A quarry tiled en­closed court­yard fea­tures a large dou­ble garage with a sub­stan­tial an­nex above it with kitchen, shower room and large of­fice/stu­dio. There is also a wine cel­lar and store room.

This beau­ti­ful home de­lights from the mo­ment you step through the front door into the char­ac­ter­ful re­cep­tion hall from the porch.

This room cap­tures all the grandeur of a by­gone era with an abun­dance of pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing cor­niced ceil­ing, ceil­ing rose, oak wood pan­elled walls topped by a plate rack, dual as­pect win­dows and a brick fire­place.

Even the cloak­room off the hall­way fea­tures oak wood pan­elled walls with a plate rack and a fea­ture stained glass win­dow.

There is a sep­a­rate ground floor WC with float­ing wash hand basin.

The draw­ing room is an­other gra­cious space with dual as­pect win­dows, in­clud­ing a bay, high ceil­ings, cor­nic­ing, a tiled fire­place and a lovely oak and wal­nut her­ring­bone wood block floor.

The din­ing room is typ­i­cal of the pe­riod too with oak wood-pan­elled walls with plate rack and there is a fire­place in this room and a ceil­ing rose and cor­nic­ing.

The kitchen is spa­cious and mod­ern and fea­tures a good range of units with gran­ite work sur­faces and in­cludes a built-in high level oven, in­te­grated four ring gas hob and in­te­grated dish­washer. It even fea­tures the orig­i­nal bell board which would have been used to sum­mon ser­vants.

The kitchen opens to a spa­cious din­ing area and leaded glass dou­ble doors lead through to a bright fam­ily room.

This room is opens via a wall of glass into a large con­ser­va­tory and has lovely fit­ted be­spoke books cases and shelv­ing, plus a cast iron wood burn­ing stove.

The con­ser­va­tory which looks out over the ma­ture gar­dens is a beau­ti­ful place to re­lax win­ter or sum­mer.

The orig­i­nal stair­case with pol­ished newel post has been po­si­tioned be­low a fab­u­lous fea­ture stained glass atrium.

Up­stairs and the mas­ter bed­room has dual as­pect win­dows over­look­ing the gar­dens and come with a su­perb art deco style en suite with a tiled cast iron bath and cor­niced ceil­ing, rose and dual as­pect win­dows.

The fam­ily shower room is fit­ted with a white suite which in­cludes a bidet, a free stand­ing Turk­ish shower cu­bi­cle with chrome shower unit and jets and an arch­way leads to a low flush WC with float­ing wash hand basin nicely fin­ished with fully tiled walls and a bam­boo wooden floor.

Two of the re­main­ing four bed­rooms come with van­ity sinks and two more have a good range of built in fur­ni­ture.

Wine buffs will love the cel­lar that comes with this prop­erty as it has been de­signed with brick arched wine al­coves which can hold hun­dreds of bot­tles.

This won­der­ful home of­fers lots of nooks and cran­nies to ex­plore and en­joy in its gen­er­ous, ma­ture, well planted grounds.

PROP­ERTY OF THE WEEK: Arch­burn, Knock Road, Belfast

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