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- Recently renovated country cottage on a mature partly wooded site of around one acre
- Extensive south facing landscaped garden with lawns, mature trees, a stream and a waterfall
- Entrance hall with reception rooms to the right and bedrooms to the left
- Drawing room with period marble fireplace and carved wooden surround
- Sitting room open to kitchen with cast iron stove, original quarry tiled floor and solid oak kitchen units
- Double glazed wooden conservatory
- Three bedrooms
- Lovely bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle
- U.P.V.C framed double glazing, black exterior with white inner
- Oil fired central heating with pressurised water system
- Insulated througout to help keep warm in winter and cool in the summer
- Loose stone drive and parking for a number of vehicles
- Original trees including willow and chestnut have been kept where possible
- TV point in sitting room and telephone point off hall.
- Sophisticated alarm system
A fabulous old mill cottage on a mature partially wooded site of around one acre. The cottage is secluded and can barely be seen from the road yet it is a short commute to Belfast and is within ten minutes drive of both Comber and Newtownards. Recently extensively renovated with careful thought and great taste, the cottage would not look out of place in a country homes magazine and the grounds are so peaceful the only sound you will hear is the cawing of the rooks high up in the treetops! At one end of the property are the reception rooms with the kitchen open to the sitting room at the heart with a solid fuel cast iron stove, original quarry tiled floor and kitchen units in solid oak. There is a good flow between this room, the conservatory and the drawing room which make it an ideal home for entertaining. The doors are all reclaimed original and they are complete with working thumb latch handles. At the opposite end of the cottage are the three bedrooms and the beautiful bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle.
The gardens are south facing and laid out in lawns and trees with a stream running along the bottom of the garden, complete with natural waterfall. The property is approached by a lovely country lane bordered by trees with reclaimed wrought iron entrance gates at the entrance to the grounds. There is ample space for parking vehicles.
A little history from the owner
The property was a pair of cottages belonging to the Ballyalton House estate. There is a small section of the original flax mill still present in the grounds with a stream running through the main garden. The driveway of the cottage is lined with stones from the Georgian mill, visible on a map dated 1790. The site also has part of the stone wall running along the boundary and there is a large section of woodland garden across the small stream. The two houses were knocked through into one dwelling around forty years ago and it was extensively modernised and renovated. When renovating again this time last year, we discovered the original front door step outside made of Scrabo stone and this is now a feature. The quarry tiled floor has been retained in the kitchen and all the doors and latches have been restored and are fully operational, with a stove in the sitting room that quickly sends heat through the main house. The grounds also contain sloe bushes (which have made fantastic gin) and Hawthorn or "fairy trees" that have been left untouched for well over a century. The large side garden was formerly home to a pony with plenty of room for a stable at either end of the garden. There is also a small "secret garden" at the end of the house. It has been insulated throughout and is warm in winter while cool in summer. When the fire is lit the smell of turf permeates through the house and you can even catch the scent in the garden. The lane approaching the property was originally the road to the mill and a pair of reclaimed blacksmith made gates from outside Hillsborough dating to 1870 (around the time the cottages were built) have been installed at the entrance to the cottage.
- Entrance hall
- With concealed alarm panel
- Drawing room
- 4.32m x 4.6m (14' 2 x 15' 1)
Period marble fireplace and hearth with carved wooden surround including period style electric grate
- Sitting room/ kitchen
- 6.1m x 3.96m (20' 0 x 13' 0)
Tiled fireplace with Edwardian oak surround & slate hearth and cast iron solid fuel stove, exposed beam between rooms, kitchen with solid oak units built-in ceramic sink and drainer, Siemens electric ceramic hob with Smeg electric oven, integrated Hotpoint washer/dryer, extractor fan, glass fronted display cabinets, integrated fridge, plumbing for washing machine, old quarry tiled floor and glazed double doors to conservatory
- 4.04m x 2.29m (13' 3 x 7' 6)
Double glazed hardwood construction with slate tiled floor
- Bedroom 1
- 3.86m x 3.53m (12' 8 x 11' 7)
- Bedoom 2
- 3.45m x 2.84m (11' 4 x 9' 4)
- Bedroom 3
- 3m x 2.24m (9' 10 x 7' 4)
Built in cupboard
- 2.84m x 1.83m (9' 4 x 6' 0)
White suite comprising bath with mixer shower head, W.C. with concealed cistern, period style wash hand basin, painted tongue and grove panelling, tiled shower cubicle with electric shower and ceramic tiled flooring
- Reclamed wrought iron gates leading from lane, loose stone drive leading to parking area, extensive grounds approaching 1 acre in lawns, mature trees and shrubs and a stream running along the bottom of the garden. Concrete plinth at end of house suitable for patio or base for outbuilding, patio at conservatory, loose stone path and oil fired boiler in housing
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