Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Property: Old-style architecture

A VISIT to Governor's Gate, Ballynahinch Road, near the historic town of Hillsborough, will impress, and possibly confuse, at the same time.

A VISIT to Governor's Gate, Ballynahinch Road, near the historic town of Hillsborough, will impress, and possibly confuse, at the same time.

For this new development appears to consist of old, rather impressive country homes, yet this is a brand new scheme by award-winning construction company, Heritage Developments (NI) Ltd.

Set in an idyllic location just opposite the beautiful park lake and forest walks of Hillsborough Fort, the importance of such a setting was recognised by designer and developer Stephen Thompson, of Heritage Developments.

He has ensured that every consideration was given to the local architecture. His use of many reclaimed components, such as bricks, roofing slates and period embellishments, give the new homes a 'well-established' character, to blend more sympathetically with the surrounding area.

At Governor's Gate, there are numerous house types and sizes, from two-bedroom apartments in the elegant Lady Hill House, right up to the five-bedroom splendour of Governor's House and The Merchant's House.

Other designs include Estate Cottages, Borough House, Sexton's Lodge, Baker's House and, soon to be released, the stone version of the very much sought-after Elizabeth Cottages.

Purchasers are invited to adapt the floor layouts to their own personal needs, as long as it meets with building control approval, and is subject to build programme and costs.

Sales at Governor's Gate have, understandably, been extremely successful, with many of the properties being sold "off plan". Phases one to four have been released on the internet and have attracted purchasers from as far afield as Australia.

Inquiries should be made to Ingrid Edgeworth or Simon Brien of the Eric Cairns Partnership, Lisburn Road, Belfast (Tel 028 90 668888). Prices currently range from £210,000 to over £425,000.

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