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Big is beautiful

by Stephanie Bell

With a history stretching back well over 200 years it says everything about our love of old properties that this gorgeous Georgian home is every bit as elegant and welcoming today as it would have been when it was newly built.

A lot of loving care and considerate restoration has ensured that its beauty has not only been maintained but has been kept on a par in terms of quality with any modern home today.

What's also lovely is that its splendid interior offers the gracious features of its original Georgian design but at the same time there is a real homeliness in this house which will appeal to families - it's beautiful but not the imposing property which you would feel uncomfortable letting kids lose in.

In every sense it is a family home albeit one with grace and charm. Original features make it very special - ornate cornicing, fireplaces and original sliding sash windows.

Its position is another bonus. Sitting on a private elevated site close to the coast you can enjoy views out to the sea and Drains Bay from the immaculate formal gardens.

Surrounding lands which come with the property extend to nearly 10 acres.

Set within the grounds is a courtyard area with a large range of outbuildings. There is also a gate lodge which has had planning permission for conversion to a two bedroom dwelling.

It's a big house with five generous bedrooms, three reception rooms, plus study and superb open plan kitchen with dining area, bathroom and en suite.

The magnificent bright and spacious period entrance hall makes a grand first impression with its sandstone floor and corniced ceiling.

The drawing room is an elegant space laden with original features which include window shutters, built in units, corniced ceiling and a beautiful marble fireplace with mutil fuel stove.

An equally graceful dining room also has a period marble fireplace and original shutters.

There is a cosy living room with a wood burning stove and sea views.

The central hub is the stunning open-plan kitchen. Here character abounds in the beautiful old-worlde style with its Belfast sink, oil fired Aga, oak floor and granite worktops.

Also on the ground floor is a study, utility room, pantry, two storage rooms, a study and cloakroom with WC.

The bedrooms all have a lovely restful air about them and as much character as the downstairs of the house.

The master comes with an excellent range of fitted wardrobes and a wonderful en suite with free standing bath and fully-tiled shower enclosure.

A family bathroom is also tastefully decorated and finished with a white panelled bath, low flush WC and wash hand basin.

The exterior buildings are a real bonus and feature an original coach house and stables. There are four as well as a tool shed and the original gate lodge.

The 10 acres which come with the property include agricultural ground and an orchard.

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