Inside this week's Homefinder
Published in the Belfast Telegraph every Thursday
Published 18/01/2011 | 11:14
The emphasis is on grand living in this week’s Homefinder with a gorgeous period property featuring, in contrast to a really modern mansion.
The beautiful Ballyalloly House appears on these pages with its ‘to the manor born’ feel and incredible gardens which have been lovingly created and tended by two successive owners.
Originally a Georgian house, the property was replaced early in the 20th century to make the most of its enviable position. Expect a traditional sense of elegance indoors with the most amazing established tress and colourful blooms outdoors.
This house is simply teeming with fabulous features such as a Georgian-style front door with fanlight to polished oak flooring and fireplaces in Portland stone and Georgian decorative marble. Just gorgeous.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t get more 21st century than the Comber casa featured on page four. The stone-fronted home is pretty much all bespoke indoors from the kitchen to furnishings. There are loads of techy add-ons here such as Argon gas-filled windows for superior insulation to an air filtration system. By the way, the windows are also self-cleaning.
It’s a good-looking home too with lots of stylish touches such as German and Scandinavian-made blinds which help climate control at this home. Polished stone flooring and fully tiled bathrooms also make this the last word in luxury.
This week’s front cover home is 7,000 sq ft Tara Hall in Crossgar. This well-appointed property has impeccable interiors with everything from underfloor heating to a hand-crafted and painted staircase, Aga in the kitchen and surround sound. There is also that really idyllic location. It’s breathtaking.
Finally, a really picturesque location on the North coast is the address for a beautiful semi-detached house in Bushmills. The house features in It’s the Renovation Game.
Meanwhile, first time buyers thinking about getting onto the property ladder can get expert advice at TMC Estate Agents Co-Ownership event at its Finaghy branch, 140 Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast, on Saturday (January 22), from 10am-12.30pm.
Independent mortgage advisors, solicitors and representatives from Northern Ireland Co-Ownership will be in attendance to answer any of your queries on making that important first move.