HomeFinder Property of the Week: Castlewood Gate Lodge - Comber, Co Down
Dating back to 1835, this restored gate lodge is as quaint as they come.
Picture book beauty on the outside is mirrored in the surprisingly spacious and utterly charming interior.
The property has been updated to an exceptional standard so that the original features are showcased against a comfortable and modern backdrop.
You get lots of character and history, but with a luxurious modern feel.
The property has four bedrooms, the master with en suite shower room and dressing room, and there are two reception rooms, a utility room, family bathroom and cloakroom with WC.
The gate lodge sits at the entrance to an 11 acre country estate and is surrounded by Victorian railings and wrought iron pillars with electric gates.
A driveway leads to a turning area and parking and the house sits on an idyllic site with three-quarters of an acre of mature gardens featuring extensive lawns and natural wooded areas.
A big bonus is a second workspace building which would also make an ideal play room, teenage den, games room or even separate living accommodation.
The main house has a covered entrance porch which leads into a huge reception hall with a beautiful cast iron working fireplace.
The main drawing room is a wonderfully large with numerous arched windows set in deep reveals and a vaulted ceiling plus working fireplace with slate surround and raised hearth.
The size of the kitchen also takes you by surprise as does the high standard of finish.
Big enough for dining it has recently been renovated and fitted with solid oak units topped with granite. And in keeping with the history of the house features a lovely old Belfast sink and a stunning Aga Masterchef range style cooker. There is also a dishwasher and fridge.
A door opens to a well fitted utility room with space for a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer.
A hallway offers extra storage with a large built in cupboard.
Like every other room in this beautiful house, all of the bedrooms are pristine and again offer surprising space. The master en suite and family bathroom are both tastefully finished in modern white sanitary ware with feature tiling. The master dressing room could easily serve as a fifth bedroom if needed, but is a luxurious addition to the main bedroom in the house.
Outside the house is a joy with large, mature gardens which feature an extensive lawn area and nature wooded area for the children to explore and play in.
There is a multitude of mature plants, trees and shrubs and little pathways, plus a patio and timber shed.
The second building is a huge bonus and comes with two rooms, each with sliding patio doors opening onto the gardens. Both rooms have a range of built in cupboards and one is plumbed with a sink. There is a cloakroom with WC.