Take video tour of House of the Year - dream home in Northern Ireland
Winner of the NI House of the Year, this designer home impresses both inside and out. Stephanie Bell reports...
Thw magnificent design of this contemporary home impressed a panel of top judges to clinch the coveted 2011 BBC Northern Ireland House of the Year competition.
And as you approach the property it is no surprise that Robinsview's equally stunning grounds also picked up the prestigious 2011 'Bog Oak Trophy' for best landscaped gardens in Ireland.
Colourful beds which have burst into early bloom, a modern waterfall and manmade pond are just some of the delights surrounding this exceptional home.
The beautiful private site extends to around two acres with breath taking views from every room over rolling Co Down countryside to Scrabo Tower and the Mourne Mountains.
This peaceful rural location is just a 20 minute drive from Belfast and the towns of Comber, Saintfield and Ballynahinch are all close by.
Built in 2009 in a contemporary design with a 'Dutch barn' style roof, the emphasis was on internal layout and the high standard of specification throughout.
The striking exterior was built using a steel frame construction with solid concrete floor slabs.
Inside there is underfloor heating and a sound system throughout and timber framed double glazed windows which are self cleaning.
Other luxuries include electric curtains in all the reception rooms and master bedroom, a heat recovery system, Beam control central Vacuum and security camera surveillance.
The accommodation is set out over three floors with a main entrance at the central level where there is an elevator and feature stairway rising through the house.
There is a drawing room leading through to a dining room and spacious kitchen with casual dining area and an adjoining utility room.
On the lower ground floor, there are three bedrooms (one with walk-in dressing room, and en suite shower room), plus a main family bathroom which serves the other two bedrooms.
All bedrooms on the lower ground floor have direct access to the gardens. There is also a second utility/plant room on this floor.
On the upper floor a spacious landing has direct access to a garden terrace with pergola which leads onto the main garden area.
On this level there is a small galley kitchen and cloakroom convenient for outside entertaining.
The master bedroom suite is also on this level with a spacious bedroom commanding magnificent views, a dressing area, walk in dressing room, and a superbly appointed en suite bathroom.
The entrance hall gives an immediate sense of the high end finishes in this spectacular home. The curved architectural staircase with stainless steel handrail and hardwood open tread steps creates a wow feature as does your own private lift to all floors.
There is a contemporary cloakroom and a concealed sliding door leads into the magnificent drawing room.
This bright and open space is surrounded on three sides by large picture windows offering views across the landscaped gardens and countryside. A modern freestanding Scandinavian wood burning stove is the perfect addition to this contemporary space and sliding doors open onto a terrace.
Large ceramic floor tiles lead into the dining room where there are built in storage cupboards and a French door opening onto the terrace.
Large picture windows are another feature of the superb kitchen which has been expertly laid out using designer Schiffini bespoke units with Corian worktops and a large central island unit with stainless steel sink and Quooker water tap.
The units are stylishly finished with unusual "ribbed" door fronts and there is large oil fired Aga plus integrated dishwasher, a larder unit, fridge/freezer, microwave and wine cooler.
The utility is just as well fitted out with polished granite work surfaces and an integrated fridge.
Outside the property is just as stunning with gardens professionally designed by Cameron Landscapes for ease of maintenance with rolling lawns, a water feature, pond and children's play area with jungle gym, climbing frame, swings, slide with soft floor and putting green.
There is a garage "wing" to the property with three garages offering the potential to be adapted to a self-contained annex.