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Heavenly home...a unique property set in magical historic gardens

By Stephanie Bell

Nestled in the historic Finnebrogue Demesne which was first developed in the 17th century, this unique home and its magical walled garden offers a little slice of heaven to one lucky buyer.

Added to the estate in 1802 was a large walled garden with garden house and wonderful gothic-style bothy, which in the 1900s along with a few other properties, were redeveloped as individual homes.

With its historic 20-ft wall surrounding 3.3 acres of demesne gardens, this property offers complete seclusion from the outside world.

The wonderfully informal gardens feature a wildlife pond as well as extensive lawn areas, ancient trees and shrubs and that gorgeous gothic-style bothy.

But at the centre of it all is the most unique architecturally striking home which surprises inside with its discerning contemporary finishes and wonderful brightness.

There are two reception rooms, a garden room, a large kitchen with dining, utility room, boot room, downstairs cloakroom, four bedrooms, master with ensuite and a family bathroom.

Extensive use of natural wood downstairs on ceilings, floors and internal doors create a characterful interior that is really befitting of its mature, natural setting.

The house benefits from a dual heating system which is oil-fired with back-up from a wood-burning stove and also has solar panels to provide electricity.

The windows are all double-glazed in a mix of hardwood and PVC.

If the gorgeous grounds don't offer enough nature to satisfy you, then you have the Quoile River, Strangford Lough, Delamont Country Park and the Castle Ward estate all close at hand.

There are excellent sailing and golf clubs in the area and Downpatrick, which is five minutes away, has good schooling, shops, a cinema and an arts centre.

For those who commute, there are excellent road links to Belfast and other parts of the country.

Having been enchanted by the grounds, you don't expect the level of modern design which greets you in the gracious downstairs of this beautiful property.

Maple flooring, pine tongue and groove ceilings with recessed lighting and natural double wooden doors characterise the downstairs, running from the bright hallway through every well appointed room.

The lounge is a soothing contemporary space with a lovely Victorian slate fireplace and glazed double doors which lead to the most amazing garden room.

A wall of glass which partially extends along the roof opens up this space which is also finished with a pine tongue and groove ceiling with recessed spotlights.

Another large living room, again with maple floor, pine ceiling and double doors, has a feature brick wall with a slated tiled floor area running along it and in the corner a large wood-burning stove.

The kitchen is a designer statement with a wall of glass which again extends partially to the ceiling and is fitted with maple shaker-style units and a striking black slate tiled floor.

A rear porch with slate tiled floor features built-in units and a sink and there is a utility/boot room with plumbing for a washing machine.

Upstairs even the landing is stylish with double-glazed skylights, maple flooring and recessed spot lights.

Again, double doors open to the master bedroom, finished with more maple flooring and featuring a huge double built-in wardrobe.

The Walled Garden is situated at 21Finnebrogue Road, Downpatrick.

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