TRAN­QUIL BEAUTY IN CO DOWN

A beau­ti­ful be­spoke fam­ily home set in tran­quil coun­try­side with views over Strang­ford Lough. Stephanie Bell re­ports...

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - Front Page -

NES­TLED in a pic­turesque ru­ral set­ting this beau­ti­ful be­spoke fam­ily home en­joys stun­ning views over Strang­ford Lough to­wards Kil­lyleagh.

On a clear day Scrabo Tower and the Belfast Hills are also vis­i­ble from this peace­ful plot which is also a short dis­tance from Aud­leys Cas­tle, Cas­tle Ward and Strang­ford Sail­ing Club.

The house it­self has been de­signed to make the most of the won­der­ful set­ting and panoramic views.

Built in 2001, the de­sign of the prop­erty was in­flu­enced by the Arts and Crafts move­ment which can be seen in the use of stained glass and in­tri­cate in­te­rior wood­work.

This one-off home comes with a wealth of in­di­vid­ual fea­tures with high qual­ity de­sign and crafts­man­ship ap­par­ent through­out.

Nat­u­ral light floods into the prop­erty and the gen­er­ous pro­por­tions make it a great home for en­ter­tain­ing and yet it still feels very homely.

Out­side the gar­dens are a de­light and have been care­fully land­scaped to blend in with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

Al­though you can feel per­fectly se­cluded in this beau­ti­ful spot, it is by no means iso­lated and there is the com­fort of hav­ing neigh­bours nearby and the pop­u­lar coastal vil­lage of Strang­ford is a five minute drive away.

As well as walks through the neigh­bour­ing Cas­tle Ward es­tate you also have sail­ing, golf, cy­cling and horse rid­ing on your doorstep.

The house it­self im­presses on en­try through its solid oak dou­ble en­trance doors which lead first into a porch with mar­ble floor and stained glass pan­els where glazed dou­ble doors open to a bright hall­way.

Off the hall­way are a cloak­room with mar­ble tiled floor and a wash room with van­ity unit and low flush WC.

The lounge is a beau­ti­ful spa-

cious room bursting with be­spoke fea­tures.

A high ceil­ing and large bay win­dow with stained glass, French doors, an Arts & Crafts-style fire­place and raised gallery with an oak handrail which fea­tures wildlife carv­ings by sculp­tor Owen Craw­ford fill the room with unique char­ac­ter.

Even the floor tiles are by ce­ram­i­cist Diane Mccormick.

Glazed oak dou­ble doors open to a de­light­ful din­ing room with ca­sual liv­ing area.

Again there are high ceil­ings and an­other huge bay win­dow with stained glass de­tail­ing look- ing out over the coun­try views.

This room is fin­ished with oak floor­ing and opens to the kitchen.

De­signed and fit­ted by Al­wood Kitchens, the light oak shaker style units are fit­ted along a curved wall and are topped with Cor­rian.

There is an is­land unit with wood block work­top and be­spoke a glazed room di­vider sep­a­rat­ing it from the liv­ing/din­ing space.

You also get a Neff eye level oven and com­bi­na­tion oven, in­te­grated gas hob and an in­te­grated dish­washer.

Off the kitchen is a rear hall­way with steps down to the garage and up to a library or cosy den. An oak sta­ble door opens to a front ter­race.

There is a well equipped util­ity room fit­ted with the same oak shaker style units.

On the first floor the library fea­tures a full wall of built in book shelves by Al­woods and there are French doors open­ing onto a Juli­ette bal­cony with panoramic views.

The mas­ter bed­room is lux­u­ri­ous and fea­tures a range of painted built in wardrobes and cup­boards by Al­woods and comes with a fab­u­lous en suite with Jacuzzi bath with jets and mixer tap, a shower area, bidet, van­ity unit and low flush toi­let.

Two re­main­ing bed­rooms each come with build in wardrobes and en suite shower rooms. There is also a study with Lough views.

Out­side also de­lights. Hand­crafted wrought iron gates de- signed in the same style as those on nearby Cas­tle Ward es­tate open to a tar­mac drive­way with gen­er­ous park­ing ter­race to the front of the house which is bathed in morn­ing sun­shine and looks out over the gar­den across to Cas­tle Ward.

The front gar­den is in lawn with lots of ma­ture trees, a nat­u­ral rock­ery and a wildlife pond.

There is also a wood­land gar­den with larch trees, Rhodo­den­drons and a wood­land path­way and to the back of the prop­erty there is an­other raised tiled ter­race which catches the af­ter­noon and evening sun and en­joys spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets and Lough views.

There is also a garage with re­mote cedar up and over door and a gar­den work­shop and store.

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