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A charming detached and well-renowned historic residence built in the Georgian manner circa 1740 -1759 is found in a picturesque rural setting at the foot of Benevenagh mountain taking in magnificent views of the Roe Valley towards the Sperrin Mountains, Lough Foyle and the Donegal Hills.
The House, a B1 Listed Building was originally built by the Beresford Family as a Hunting Lodge and was extended in the late 1700s when the house was transferred to the local Rectory. In 1880 a Mr. McLaughlin being a builders' merchant reputedly responsible for the construction of the chimney of the Coleraine Distillery took up residence before he then sold it again to a Mr. Daniels who rented the house out to three sisters called Forsyth who lived in it and used a number of rooms as a school until the First World War. The Young Family of Culdaff purchased the house in 1915 and remained in residence until it was sold again in 2004.
The house itself with its many facilities has been lovingly and patiently restored over the years, retaining many of its original features and exudes many pleasantries of times past through its décor and furnishings. A truly beautiful old house with much more of its past to reveal and its well earned place in history.
Leave Limavady on the Windyhill Road and after c 0.8 miles turn left onto the Aghanloo Road. Remain on this road for approximately 1.5miles before turning right into a laneway opposite Aghanloo Parish Church. Continue to the top of the lane and into the courtyard of Aghanloo house.
Vestibule: 6'7 x 5'7 (2.01m x 1.70m)
Large traditional style cast iron floor level radiator, original flagstone floor, high level ceiling and original glass panel door to the reception hall.
Reception Hall: 18'7 x 9'4 (5.66m x 2.84m)
Feature high level ceiling with deep covings, reclaimed pine flooring, telephone point, feature cast iron radaitors, recessed display alcove, and a sweeping staircase to the first floor.
Drawing Room: 22'0 x 15'9 (6.71m x 4.80m)
Large marble fireplace with an inset oil fired stove, slate hearth, matching over-mantle, high level ceiling with deep ceiling coving and an ornate centrepiece, reclaimed pine flooring, cast iron radaitors, original door concealing a serving hatch from the kitchen and 3 windows with the original window shutters providing superb views over the gardens and front driveway.
Dining Room: 22'0 x 15'11 (6.71m x 4.85m)
Cast iron fireplace set in a heavily detailed Jacobean Oak surround, reclaimed pine flooring, traditional style cast iron radiators, 3 windows with original window shutters, deep ceiling coving and an ornate centrepiece.
Kitchen/Dinette: 15'4 x 13'10 (4.67m x 4.22m)
Extensive range of painted period style kitchen units, Stanley oil fired range and extractor fan set in a large reclaimed red brick surround with a beam mantelpiece, glass display units and housing for an American style fridge/freezer. A walk in pantry conceals the original serving hatch to the drawing room in keeping with a by gone era. A seating area with a granite worktop sits well in tune with the original old flagstone floor - displaying a fossilised fern. A doorway into the scullery leads off the kitchen.
Scullery: 14'11 x 5'0 (4.55m x 1.52m)
With a range of fitted units, Belfast sink, eye level double oven, ceramic hob, extractor canopy and fan, cast iron radiator, plumbed for an automatic washing machine, and dishwasher, tiled walls and floor.
Breakfast/Crockery Room: 15'2 x 8'1 (4.62m x 2.46m)
Beamed ceiling, 3 x feature alcoves, wooden flooring and a traditional style cast iron radiator.
Cloak Room: 7'1 x 6'3 (2.16m x 1.90m)
Fitted worktop with cupboard, tiled floor and a door to the shower room.
Shower room: 8’5 x 7’2
Pedestal wash hand basin, w.c, partly tiled walls, tiled floor, extractor fan, traditional style cast iron radiator and a large tiled shower cubicle with a Redring electric shower and a glazed enclosure.
With a stable door to the rear, tiled floor, partly tiled walls and a feature slim line cast iron radiator.
Feature Split level Landing Area to the first floor accommodation: 22’2 x 9’4 (average Size)
Open aspect to the ground and the upper floor landing area, dado rail, centrepiece, traditional style cast iron radiators and a superb outlook over the gardens to the front of the house.
Master Bedroom: 15'2 x 14'11 (4.62m x 4.55m)
Original fireplace, centrepiece and 3 windows overlooking the exterior courtyard.
Bedroom 2: 15'9 x 10'7 (4.80m x 3.23m)
Original fireplace, cast iron radiator and 2 windows overlooking the gardens.
Bedroom 3: 15'11 x 10'8 (4.85m x 3.25m)
Original fireplace and, a Nurse-maids door to the adjacent bedroom no. 4. Complete with picture rail, cast iron radiator and, delightful views over the gardens.
Bedroom 4/Study: 15'9 x 10'11 (4.80m x 3.33m)
Original fireplace and a Nurse-maids door to Bedroom no.3. Complete with picture rail and an unusual cast iron fireplace. (This room is currently in use as a Study.)
Library:15'6 x 14'7 (4.72m x 4.44m)
Original fireplace with an inset coal effect fire complete with a wooden surround and matching over-mantle shelf. Reclaimed pine wood flooring, cast iron radiator, fitted book-shelves and 3 windows overlooking the gardens.
With a pedestal wash hand basin, w.c, partly tiled walls, tiled floor, ceiling coving and a cast iron radiator.
Bathroom & W.C combined:
Comprising an antique Victorian roll-top cast iron bath (embossed with a crown and numbered 408), Victorian style w.c and pedestal wash hand basin, cast iron radiator, partly tiled walls and a walk in shelved airing cupboard with a hot water cylinder.
Second Floor Accommodation
Large landing area:
With a great aspect to the lower floors.
Attic Bedroom 5: 22'0 x 15'10 (6.71m x 4.83m)
Original fireplace, traditional cast iron style radiator and views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Attic Storage/Work Room: 19'4 x 58'11 (5.89m x 17.96m)
Original fireplace and a cast iron radiator. Additionaly, there is a well concealed housing of the cold-water storage tank, permitting easy access via a detachable panel door to the fore.
Basement: 22’1 x 25’4
Sub divided to include areas for storage and, contains its original characteristic wine cellar area. Accessed by a staircase from the rear reception hall area.
The dwelling is set on a mature site of 1.50acres having substantial gardens and lawns to the front and sides.
Mature beech trees adorn the front drive and well-established plants, shrubs and hedgerows surround the many attractions within its generous grounds.
There is a courtyard to the rear with a good range of old traditional farm buildings adding character and value to the property. Currently there is Planning Permission and plans for a change of use of these buildings to a cottage style domestic dwelling – purposely designed to be in keeping with the main house.
The property is approached off the main road by a shared tree lined laneway.
On approach to the house, beautiful wrought iron gates hang on tradition stone and brick built pillars. Remote control fobs can open the gates into the courtyard.
Grade B1 Listed historic residence built in the Georgian manner c. 1740’s.
Picturesque rural setting at the foot of Benevenagh Mountain with superb views over the Roe Valley towards the Sperrin Mountains, Lough Foyle and the Donegal hills.
Lovingly and meticulously restored to it’s former glory by the present owners – yet retaining many of it’s original features.
These include the impressive turned balustrade and twisting staircase with an open aspect from each floor and landing area.
Wood sash windows in most rooms to replicate the original style with window shutters in the main living rooms
Unique and original fireplaces in many rooms.
Feature first floor library with an original fireplace and 3 windows providing a delightful outlook over the courtyard to the rear and the gardens/countryside to the side.
Large basement with heating and the original wine cellar area.
Family bathroom, separate shower room and 2 cloakrooms on the first/ground floors for modern family living convenience.
Exudes character and charm of an historic house through it’s most appropriate fittings and décor.
Delightful exterior grounds border the property with large areas laid in lawn, private areas for relaxing, walk ways, an array of mature trees and planting; plus a raised decked area to one side for family BBQ’s.
The original exterior outhouses include Planning Permission for the conversion of some of the same to a 3 bedroom cottage style dwelling.
In total c. 3700 sq ft of exceptional living space offering 5 bedrooms and 4 plus reception rooms bordered externally by c. 1.5 acres of mature grounds and a courtyard.
A truly unique property which should appeal to the discerning buyer looking for something special with the convenience of being a short distance to the famous Causeway Coast or for exploring Donegal.
Please Note: Viewing is strictly by appointment only.
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