Video: Peek inside beautiful Hilltop house in Co Down
Contemporary luxury living in the country… Stephanie Bell reports
Nestled in a special conservation area this beautiful modern family home enjoys a spectacular setting overlooking Aughnadarragh Lough with views across to Cave Hill, the Dromara Hills and the Mourne Mountains.
The architect has ensured that every room captures the beauty outside while internally cutting edge design offers a luxury standard of living.
This is a large and impressive country home which is surrounded by secluded mature gardens.
It offers an idyllic country escape while also being five minutes from Saitnfield and just 20 minutes from Belfast city centre.
The house was built in recent years to an exceptional specification and offers five bedrooms including master and guest suites, an Italian designer kitchen and three reception rooms.
There are high levels of insulation and under floor heating at ground level to ensure maximum comfort and the modern family can enjoy the benefits of multi room music and media systems and a central Beam vacuum.
Inside is a highly contemporary designer feel where large oak framed picture windows capture the beauty of the outdoors in every tastefully styled room.
A semi circular reception hall opens into a beautiful lounge with formal dining area.
This vast room has been cleverly divided with a simple change of flooring from carpet for the lounge area to ceramic tiling in the dining room.
An inglenook fireplace with stove and oak beam mantle is the focal point of the living area which has windows on every side.
Oversized windows look out over Aughnadarragh Lough in the family room which also has an inglenook fireplace with another cast iron multi fuel stove and simple oak beam mantle.
A stunning kitchen/dining room features an extensive range of Bellagio Cherry cupboards contrasted against polished glass wall units.
The worktops are in polished quartz and this is a real cook's kitchen with double eye level ovens, a five ring gas hob, integrated fridge and dishwasher and an island unit with sinks and breakfast bar.
The kitchen is finished with porcelain tiled flooring and opens into a spectacular breakfast room where two walls of glass bring the beautiful outdoors in. French doors open to a patio area and this designer space also has a feature lantern ceiling window and cherry laminate flooring.
There is a rear hallway with a laundry room fully fitted with oak laminate cupboards and a stylish cloakroom with oak vanity unit and slate feature wall.
An oak illuminated staircase with a half landing winds up to the first floor.
The first bedroom is currently used as a bright playroom and has a vaulted ceiling and range of built in storage shelves including an eye level recessed TV stand.
Bedroom two opens into a semi circular bay window overlooking the green fields and mountains.
The master features a dressing room, with a range of fitted rails, drawers and shelving and there is a luxurious en suite with a wet room shower with soaker head and drying area all tiled in porcelain. There are twin ceramic bowl sinks with chrome pillared mono mixer taps and twin vanity lights, plus a chrome vertical towel radiator.
The main bathroom is also designer in style with a beautiful Kerasan contemporary roll top bath with chrome mono pillar mixer tap. A large rectangular shower cubicle has a drying area and there is a striking corkscrew style towel radiator.
The third bedroom has its own ceramic floating wash hand basin and a feature blackboard wall perfect for creative kids.
Friends and family can sleepover in style with their own special guest suite which comes with another contemporary en suite shower room with floating wash hand basin and mirrored vanity unit.
Outside you can enjoy almost an acre of secluded mature gardens with sweeping lawns bounded by wrought iron fencing to the front and a driveway which leads to the front and side of the house.
As well as sculpted beds with ornamental shrubs and grasses the property has a large range of trees dotted round the boundary and at the rear, a quartz flagged patio makes a lovely outdoor dining area.
There is also a garden store and a covered wood storage area.