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Extensive coastal farm with a fine period house and excellent views
Altahammond has an accessible situation about 1 mile to the west of the small conservation town of Whitehead. Whitehead provides for everyday necessities including a greengrocer, post office, medical practice, dental practice and pharmacy. It has a primary school and a railway station. There is a golf club and a yacht club at Whitehead. A private marina known as “White Harbour” is situated at the end of Quay Lane to the south of the farm. Boats can be moored for an annual subscription.
The larger town of Carrickfergus is 5 miles to the west. Home to Carrickfergus Castle, it is steeped in history and is the county's oldest town.
Belfast city is 15 miles to the south west of the farm. As the largest city in Northern Ireland, it provides a full range of services, amenities, education and cultural activities.
Larne harbour (11 miles) and Belfast harbour (15 miles) both have regular sailings to Scotland. Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport are 16 miles and 25 miles distant respectively.
The farm overlooks the coastline and benefits from a mild, temperate climate.
The area has a reputation for productive, high quality farmland and has a well-developed agricultural infrastructure, including a number of agricultural machinery merchants. The local area is renowned for its rock salt.
The house at Altahammond occupies an elevated, south-facing position, with the accommodation laid out to benefit from the excellent coastal views. It is mainly of traditional construction with a more recent extension to the east. The accommodation is over two storeys and beneath a pitched slate roof, with a white painted exterior. External features include dressed stone quoins, mullions and columns on the front façade. The original part of the house is believed to date from the late 19th Century. The house is named after the original townland of Alty Hamon, which was absorbed into Templecorran townland.
A bell-mouthed entrance with piers and cast-iron gates lead to an asphalt driveway which provides access to the front of the house where there is parking. A secondary driveway from the farm entrance also gives access to the house.
The principal reception rooms are well positioned for the natural light and spectacular coastal views, in particular, the south-facing sun room. In addition, all of the bedrooms have views of the Lough. Internal features of the house include a beechwood sprung dance floor in the music room, cornicing, fireplaces with decorative mantlepieces and ceiling rose.
The house is served by mains and private water supplies, a mains electricity supply and has private drainage. It has oil-fired central heating. There is double glazing.
Situated off the main driveway is an indoor swimming pool with associated service rooms and changing facilities. It has a partially retracting roof.
The house occupies a central position within its garden grounds which are a key asset of the property. They are principally laid to lawn and are sheltered on either side by mature deciduous and evergreen trees of mixed species. There are various beds and borders within the gardens which are well-stocked with flowering plants and shrubs, including a rhododendron garden and rose garden. A number of terraces are situated within the gardens to benefit from both the morning and evening sun. Mature palm trees are a notable feature and are testament to the temperate climate. They are believed to have been planted in the early 20th Century, having been brought back from California by ancestors of the vendors' family.
Lying to the west of the house is a south-facing cottage with comfortable accommodation over two storeys. It is accessed off the western driveway. Originally forming part of the traditional range of outbuildings, it was converted to provide residential accommodation. The cottage is presently let.
The cottage is served by mains and private water supplies, a mains electricity supply and has private drainage. There is oil-fired central heating, and also a back boiler. There is double glazing.
A range of outbuildings lie to the rear of the house and cottage which are accessed via the service entrance. They are mostly of traditional construction beneath a combination of slate and corrugated roofs.
While they are no longer used for modern day agriculture, their extensive footprint offers a variety of uses and their layout is shown on the accompanying plans. They presently provide garaging and extensive storage. They are well-suited for equestrianism, with stables and tack rooms.
There are several enclosed courtyards and areas of hardstanding, plus a duck pond with island and bridge.
There is a three-phase electricity supply to the farm.
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