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Through the keyhole glimpse of charm at Old Manse in Ardglass

A much admired property in Ardglass, this impressive house sits on a mature private site with idyllic views over the bay, marina and harbour.

While the interior is grand and elegant as you would expect, The Old Manse is essentially a comfortable home where you feel instantly at home.

It has many fine period features which certainly give it individuality, but it has also been beautifully maintained and updated over the years.

This is the perfect time of the year to see the house in all its glory as the gardens burst into life each spring.

The exterior with its extensive lawns and heavily stocked flower beds will charm you and inside there awaits a home where you find style, space and fine finishes throughout.

The entrance hall is bright and spacious with picture rail and cornicing and beautiful patterned period style floor tiles.

Enter the elegant drawing room and you are immediately drawn to the large window and magnificent sea views.

This room is a charming space with cornicing, window shutters, wooden floor and beautiful limestone fireplace. There is a formal dining room which can be accessed from both the drawing room and the hallway which is another lovely space with sea views and an attractive pitch pine fireplace.

The sitting room is a perfect family retreat with a feature bay window and more period detail in the cornicing, ceiling rose and wooden flooring.

There is a superb slate fireplace with an open fire for those cold winter nights.

A downstairs bathroom has been given an impressive contemporary makeover and transformed into a wet room with Italian marble tiling and marble bowl sink set on wenge wood. There is a large walk-in shower unit, plus a recessed bath and low flush WC.

The utility room is as spacious as most kitchens, fitted with beech units with wooden work top, featuring a Belfast sink and cylinder gas cooker.

The kitchen is superb with bespoke Castleglen solid beech units with glazed display cabinets and a work station/island unit all topped with speckled granite.

It features a magnificent four door Aga cooker with carved over mantle and there is an integrated larder unit with a fridge and freezer. French doors open to a sunny west facing patio.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two with wonderful sea views and one with an en suite dressing room. Another stunning bathroom is finished with a tiled shower cubicle and a feature roll top bath with claw feet.

Outside electric Iroko wood gates open onto a driveway which sweeps past fabulous front gardens to a large parking area at the back of the house.

The yard houses two stables, a garage with a games room and work space above, a boiler house, plus outside cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC.

The front gardens from which you can enjoy lovely views of the sea and harbour are finished in lawns with box hedging and colourful herbaceous and shrub borders.

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