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|Address||Quintin Castle, Kearney Road, Portaferry|
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- A Beautifully Restored Stone Built Castle, With Norman Origins.
- Dramatically Set On The Coastline With Spectacular Views Over The Irish Sea
- Accompanying Lands Of Circa 22 acres
- 3 Ensuite Bedrooms & 4 Further Bedroom Suites (with living area and ensuite), Totalling 7 bedrooms
- 7 Reception Rooms
- Two Bedroom, Self Contained Adjoining Annex Suite
- Additional Features Include: Private Jetty, Roof Terrace, Formal Gardens in Terraces, Walled Garden, Stone Turrets, Gazebo, Two paddocks
- Portaferry 3 miles, Belfast 32 miles, Belfast International Airport 50 miles, Dublin International Airport 103 miles, Dublin City 110 miles.
- We are now instructed to proceed to Best and Final Offers.
- Offers in writing to Templeton Robinson, 563 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GQ - to be received no later than Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 4pm.
- For further information and viewing arrangements please contact Beth Robinson on 028 90 663030 or John Todd 028 91 451166.
A castle has stood on the present site since 1184 when John de Courcy, a Norman settler, built the ancient central tower which formed a protection and vantage point on the Ards Peninsula. The castle was later occupied by the Savage family who were granted vast tracts of land in Down and Antrim as one of De Courcy’s faithful Knights. For a brief period in Queen Elizabeth’s reign Quintin Castle was called Smith’s Castle after the family occupying the castle and Elizabeth sent over £5 to fortify the castle and have outer walls built.
In the 17th century Sir James Montgomery, then living at Rosemount, Greyabbey purchased the Quintin Estate from Dulaltaigh Smith. His son, William, built a walled courtyard and other smaller towers, a large house adjacent to the central tower and a great kitchen to the seaward side of the castle structure. He then re-roofed the castle and added new floors, all probably before 1659. In the early 19th century the castle was inherited by Elizabeth Calvert (née Blacker), and restored in 1850.
The central keep was raised, a walkway made within the battlements, a drawing room opened into the inner gardens and a dining room constructed on the lowest floor of the great tower. Most of the grounds were also enclosed by a massive stone wall. Since then the castle passed to various different owners. The King-Halls, who inherited the castle in 1921, created magnificent formal gardens which were especially notable. In 2002 a significant investment was made to restore the castle to it former glory and in 2006 another considerable investment was made on the neglected Victorian gardens which are now magnificently returned to their former glory.
One enters Quintin Castle through heavy oak double doors to the hallway with carved oak staircase with iron insets leading to the first floor; which is complemented by a glass ceiling flooding light on the stairs and the upper landing. The long hallway provides access to all ground floor rooms which comprises a library, drawing room, dining room with panelled oak walls and vaulted ceiling.
A secret door from the dining room leads to the breakfast room, which is also accessed from the hall along with the kitchen and connecting family room. All these rooms have spectacular views to the sea, bay and surrounding gardens and terraces. Situated at the northern end of the entrance hall is a large billiard room or games room and a study.
The first floor contains seven ensuite bedrooms, four of which are laid out as guest-suites with their own sitting rooms and open fires. One suite is laid out over three floors, situated in the main tower and
contains a dressing room with a range of built-in wardrobes.
All bedrooms have views over the manicured gardens or the jagged coastline and seascape. The master bedroom has the added benefit of a private and sheltered roof terrace taking advantage of the unique views.
A separate guest/staff annex located at the northern end of the castle is laid out over three floors and contains a large open-plan kitchen/living room, two bedrooms and a large bathroom. The annex can be accessed from outside and also from the kitchen in the main body of the castle.
In the early part of the 20th Century Quintin Castle gardens were renowned for their beauty. Restoration began on the castle gardens in 2006 to bring the gardens back to their former glory, this work was completed in recent years. To the front of the castle are beautifully manicured lawns with mature trees and shrubs.
However the real beauty is to be found on the stepped terraces and walled gardens on either side and to the front of the castle. The front terrace comprises four square fountains which surround four grass areas and a central fountain. To the side of this is a large planted area with box heading and an abundance of shrubs and plants.
An arched gateway leads to the three Victorian terraced hanging gardens which comprise of lawns, shrubs and gravel walkways.
On the northern side of the castle is a walled garden with four planted areas surrounding a unique copper fountain. The gardens come with several patio areas which take advantage of the spectacular sea views and sunlight during the summer months.
Quintin Castle is situated at the tip of the Ards Peninsula, which separates Strangford Lough from
the Irish Sea, and is renowned for it scenic beauty and wildlife as well as award winning restaurants,
intimate cafes, pubs and fine foods.
There is also an abundance of things to do in the area including walks, historic sites, craft centres and art galleries. For those interested in fishing and boating they could not be better situated with numerous fishing sites close by and several yacht clubs. Portaferry, the closest town, will cater for all day to day requirements.
For further shopping Newtownards and Bangor are a mere 30 minutes drive, while Belfast is just under an hour away. The Portaferry - Strangford ferry service is just a five minute drive away.
For Sale by Private Treaty On the Instruction of the Joint Fixed Charge Receiver
We are now instructed to proceed to Best and Final Offers. Offers in writing to Templeton Robinson, 563 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GQ - to be received no later than Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 4pm. For further information and viewing arrangements please contact Beth Robinson on 028 90 663030 or John Todd 028 91 451166.
- ENCLOSED ENTRANCE PORCH:
- CLOAKROOM:6' 0" x 5' 4" (1.83m x 1.63m)
- Leading to WC
- DRAWING ROOM:23' 6" x 19' 6" (7.16m x 5.94m)
- LIBRARY:11' 9" x 29' 6" (3.58m x 8.99m)
- GRAND DINING ROOM:21' 6" x 17' 0" (6.55m x 5.18m)
- BREAKFAST ROOM18' 3" x 13' 3" (5.56m x 4.04m)
- KITCHEN:20' 0" x 12' 6" (6.1m x 3.81m)
- PANTRY: 9' 3" x 8' 3"
- FAMILY ROOM:18' 9" x 16' 0" (5.72m x 4.88m)
- STUDY16' 9" x 11' 9" (5.11m x 3.58m)
- GAMES ROOM:25' 9" x 16' 9" (7.85m x 5.11m)
- MASTER BEDROOM SUITE:19' 6" x 17' 6" (5.94m x 5.33m)
- (ENSUITE 15' x 5')
- BEDROOM (2):28' 3" x 11' 6" (8.61m x 3.51m)
- (ENSUITE 13' 6" x 9')
- BEDROOM (3):24' 3" x 11' 6" (7.39m x 3.51m)
- (ENSUITE 9' x 5' 6")
- BEDROOM SUITE (1):
- Lounge Area: 13' 3" x 19' 9", Staircase to bedroom area, Bedroom: 17' 6" x 14' 6". (ENSUITE 5' 9" x 9' 9"). Access to Roof terrace. Concealed door to staircase leading to 3rd floor dressing room 23' 3" x 17' 3".
- BEDROOM SUITE (2):
- Lounge Area: 19' 9" x 16' through to Bedroom Area: 16' 3" x 12' 6". (ENSUITE 5' 9" x 7' 9")
- BEDROOM SUITE (3):
- Lounge Area: 19' 3" x 12' 3" through to Bedroom Area: 11' 4" x 11' 4". (ENSUITE 11' 6" x 5' 6")
- BEDROOM SUITE (4):
- Lounge Area: 18' x 14' 6" through to Bedroom Area: 11' 9" x 15' 6". (ENSUITE 7' 6" x 5' 6")
- LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN:23' 9" x 22' 0" (7.24m x 6.71m)
- Access to main castle and own entrance door.
- BATHROOM:6' 6" x 9' 6" (1.98m x 2.9m)
- BEDROOM (1):13' 0" x 7' 3" (3.96m x 2.21m)
- Access to main Castle first floor landing area.
- BEDROOM (2):13' 0" x 7' 9" (3.96m x 2.36m)
- Circa 22 acres of land. Out buildings storing heating systems. Beautifully manicured lawns with mature trees and shrubs. Stepped terraces and walled gardens on either side and to the front of the castle. The front terrace comprises 4 square fountains which surround four grass areas and a central fountain. To the side of this is a large planted area with box headgeing and an abundance of shrubs and plants. An arched gateway leads to the three Victorian terraced hanging gardens with comprise of lawns, shrubs and gravel walkways. On the northern side of the castle is a walled garden with four planted area surrounding a unique copper fountain. The gardens come with several patio areas which take advantage of the spectacular sea views and sunlight during the summer months
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