It is hard to decide whether it is the marvellous scale of its many rooms, the quality finishes everywhere you turn or the lovely styling which makes the biggest impression as you tour this wonderful family home.
Garendon delights and surprises from the moment you drive through its impressive entrance gates down a long driveway which cuts through gorgeous mature gardens leading to the house nestled in this most private of settings.
The gardens which extend to an acre have matured and developed over many years to achieve a timeless beauty which would make walking, relaxing or playing here a real pleasure.
The house itself dates back to the Thirties and has also evolved over time with four receptions rooms and five bedrooms set over 3,000 sq ft.
The current owners have installed a solar panelling system to produce free electricity and hot water and another big attraction is a large games room with mezzanine floor.
First off, the reception hall has a period feel with its mahogany picture rail and solid oak flooring.
The drawing room is cosy and traditional in styling with an original marble fireplace with open fire and Baxi boiler with a central heating pump. It is finished with a maple floor and has dual aspect windows.
The glorious sunroom is a modern open space with a long wall of bi-folding doors opening to the garden. The quartzite flooring has heating underneath.
The family room is another cosy, traditional space with reclaimed brick fireplace with gas stove and oak flooring.
An archway opens from here to a wonderful traditional style top-of-the-range kitchen. This warm family space features an Aga range cooker, a gorgeous larger cupboard and the units are topped with granite.
The games room/living area is a spectacular addition with a double height ceiling overlooked by a mezzanine style games room. A free-standing multi-fuel stove makes a great feature and glazed doors open to the back garden.
The master bedroom has the wonderful addition of French doors opening onto an extensive balcony overlooking the beautiful mature gardens. It has a luxurious contemporary en suite with vanity sink with built-in cabinets below and a power shower.
The family bathroom is a spacious spa like space with huge walk in power shower and a panelled bath, plus bidet.
Outside, as well as mature plants and trees, there is a delightful thatched gazebo, a pond and a red cedar greenhouse. A large paved patio area outside the sunroom leads up to the pond and makes this a delightful area to sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
There is also a double garage, wood store, dog yard and garden shed.
Timeless Wonder: Garendon, 40 Dunmore Road, Spa, Ballynahinch
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