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£1m to spare? Historic Lisburn pile built by 19th century linen baron up for sale

By Stephanie Bell

Published 07/04/2016

The dining room
The dining room
The Victorian manor house at Springfield
The grand entrance hall
Family bathroom with original Victorian fireplaces, cornicing and decorative friezes and original stripped floorboards

A slice of Northern Ireland history is up for grabs with the sale of this impressive Victorian manor house.

It is one of a select number of magnificent mansions featured in the book, The Linen Houses of The Lagan Valley.

Springfield was built in 1855 and is typical of the houses which linen barons built during the 18th and 19th centuries to reflect their opulent lifestyles.

A much admired property in the Lisburn area, it sits in five acres of mature grounds on the Ballinderry Road at Magheragall.

A delightful part of the extensive grounds are an old walled garden and sheltered formal garden. There are also two paddocks, garden stores and stables.

The house, designed in a stuccoed neo-classical style, has undergone a major renovation by its current owners, who were careful to retain its original beauty.

It is on the market with Michael Dunn Property Consultancy with offers of around £975,000 invited.

The owner of the property said: "It has been a privilege to live in such a beautiful and historic house as Springfield.

"When we carried out the extensive renovations, we felt a responsibility for retaining the character.

"We feel that this has been done successfully and yet it is very much a home for the 21st century.

"We love the period features, the natural light flooding into the house and the maturity of the grounds. The Ballinderry Road itself is a great place to live, with easy access to Lisburn, Hillsborough, Moira and Belfast International Airport." Michael Dunn, who is handling the sale, said he was delighted to have such a prestigious property in his portfolio. He said: "It's a pleasure to be marketing such a historic and individual home as Springfield. It is attracting interest both from the local market and those returning home to Northern Ireland."

The rooms feature original cornicing and decorative friezes, panelled window shutters and Victorian fireplaces.

Welcome modern touches include new central heating and security systems as well as new rewiring and replumbing.

The house boasts its own gym and hot tub, billiards room and games room.

There are four reception rooms, a magnificent master suite with large dressing room and en suite bathroom, plus six further bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, a family bathroom and ground floor shower room.

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