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Countryside Giant

by Stephanie Bell

Published 04/02/2016

At the end of the driveway the impressive home stands in front of the courtyard that houses a converted annex
At the end of the driveway the impressive home stands in front of the courtyard that houses a converted annex
Acres of space: The extensive gardens are surrounded by mature trees
Space is also plentiful in the master bedroom with en suite
A carved pine fireplace dominates the family room
The well-equipped kitchen includes a snack bar

Electric gates open onto a long and impressive tree lined avenue which gives an immediate sense of prestige as you approach Badgers Hollow.

A huge country home it stands proud at the end of the driveway and is set around a rear courtyard where there is a beautifully converted annex perfect for a relative or for use as a business.

As well as extensive lawns and mature grounds the property also comes with two paddocks.

The house itself offers extensive family accommodation with four reception rooms and three bedrooms.

A pillared covered veranda entrance porch opens into a bright entrance hall with corniced ceiling. Feature glazed and bevelled double doors open from the hallway into a grand drawing room.

This huge room is finished with lots of fine detail with a cornice ceiling and frieze, ceiling rose and carved mahogany Adams' style fireplace. There are dual aspect windows and patio doors opening to the gardens.

An elegant dining room also features a patio door to the gardens and access to the family room. This cosy space is finished with oak strip flooring and features a lovely carved pine fireplace. Another glazed door opens to a front patio and gardens.

The family room leads into the kitchen which is a superb modern room fitted with bespoke white units with polished work surfaces.

Off the kitchen is a well equipped utility room/preparation kitchen from which you can enter into a lovely conservatory.

The conservatory is a calming sanctuary from which to enjoy the beautiful grounds which surround this house and it is finished with a tiled floor and has double French doors opening onto the gardens.

Upstairs and the spacious landing features a reading area and a quaint porthole leaded window. There is access to a large roof space via a ladder.

The master bedroom comes with a luxurious en suite with a fully tiled shower cubicle with power shower and body jets.

The family bathroom is a bright pristine modern space with a deep panelled bath with shower screen and power shower.

Outside the main annex has been converted over two stories with a huge characterful main room with exposed beamed ceiling and treated natural wooden floor.

There is also a store room and garage. The extensive gardens feature formal lawns, paved patio areas and lots of mature trees and plants.

Featured property: 'Badgers Hollow', 44 Straid Road, Ballynure, Ballyclare, County Antrim, BT39 9NB

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