HomeFinder Property of the Week: Killaney Lodge, Lisburn
It is among the most expensive properties on the market in Northern Ireland at the moment and Killaney Lodge offers a rare chance to own a fine country estate.
You can shut yourself away from the outside world and enjoy your own slice of paradise with 25 acres of grounds to roam free in with an historic luxury home right at its heart.
Killaney Lodge offers a lifestyle which combines privacy with opulent living in a historic home which has been updated and extended in recent years.
The extensive estate is set in the rolling Co Down countryside and the beautiful ivy clad home was built in 1859 by the Marquis of Downshire.
Originally let as the local "vicarage" for the parish of Saint Andrews, this impressive house is in every way a grand country residence with many original features and added luxuries which include a games room and gym.
Impressive entrance pillars with wrought iron remote control gates open to a sweeping tree-lined driveway bounded on each side by mature landscaped gardens through which you catch the first glimpse of Killaney Lodge.
The gardens are a sheer delight and extend to approximately four acres.
You could quite easily lose yourself down the winding stone pathways and extensive lawned areas or just relax on one of many secluded sun terraces or by one of two tranquil ponds. There is also a comfortable summerhouse with its own veranda.
Killaney Lodge offers gracious extensive accommodation that mirrors the elegance of the era when the house was built, yet with an inviting homeliness and warmth.
The house is filled with many original features, such as high corniced ceilings, sliding sash deep reveal windows and original panelled doors and fireplaces.
The grand period features fuse beautifully with the more recent additions such as the splendid handcrafted and hand-painted kitchen with four oven Aga, a delightful garden room and a new side wing with a first floor lounge, the fitness room and the entertainment room.
There are seven reception rooms offering formal and informal living and five bedrooms.
Also on the estate is a completely self-contained cottage which would make an ideal home for an elderly or young relative.
At the front of the Lodge, there is a charming enclosed courtyard with cast iron double gates.
Again superbly maintained, it adjoins the main house and offers garaging, a workshop, additional stabling and stores, all with pillar box red painted doors.
There is a secondary entrance to Killaney Lodge off the main Carryduff Road and which leads to a working yard with equestrian facilities which includes stabling for eight horses, a tack room, a large workshop, a cattle-shed with lean-to store, a cattle crush and various paddocks and enclosures.
The estate is centrally situated just off the main A24/Carryduff Road at Boardmills just outside Lisburn.
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