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Published 21/04/2016

For the first time since it was built almost 400 years ago, this magnificent historic Grade I listed manor house in the quaint harbour town of Donaghadee has gone on the market.

The property has been in the same family since the 1620s when it was built by Hugh Montgomery.

In the early 17th century, Donaghadee was the main crossing to mainland from Northern Ireland, and Montgomery built the property initially to serve as a 'Blow House' which was a place to stay while waiting for favourable weather for the boat crossing to Portpatrick in Scotland.

The house came into the De Lacherois family when Countess Marie Angelique Mount Alexander (nee De la Cherois) inherited the Montgomery Estates from her husband, the 5th Earl of Mount Alexander in 1750.

Marie-Angelique settled the Montgomery Estates on the De la Cherois and Crommelin families, her cousins.

The Manor House today very much reflects the size and grandeur of a fine country seat yet is uniquely positioned in its own private grounds in the heart of Donaghadee town centre.

The accommodation includes a grand hallway, library, dining room, drawing room, TV room, sitting room, guest WC, four bedrooms, three with en suite bathrooms, two additional bathrooms, three attic bedrooms with a separate shower room, a kitchen, numerous service rooms, a two-bedroomed apartment and two games rooms.

There is also an extensive basement with seven rooms, two cellars and a workshop.

Outside, a large courtyard includes a stable house which has been converted into a modern three-bedroom townhouse, a range of lofted coach houses, garages, a stable and stores.

The grounds, which also feature delightful formal gardens and a tennis court, extend to around 1.25 acres.

Manor House, Donaghadee
Manor House, Donaghadee
Manor House, Donaghadee
Manor House, Donaghadee
Manor House, Donaghadee
Manor House, Donaghadee

Throughout the house the sense of history is everywhere in the scale of the rooms and its many unique architectural and decorative features.

From the outside the house makes quite an impression with six bay windows overlooking High Street and an attractive doorway and fanlight with a portico of two fluted Roman Doric columns.

Once inside, one of its many features is a wonderful returning staircase which disappears up to the attic rooms.

In total, there is an incredible 10,522 sq ft of accommodation, all immaculately styled with an abundance of character and historic charm.

The impressive hallway is finished with a timber floor, beautiful corniced ceiling and large centre rose, as well as the sweeping staircase.

Period features abound in the elegant dining room which has a gorgeous large marble fireplace, three recessed sash windows with a Wyatt window at the end of the room complete with original shutters, corniced ceiling and two centre roses.

Double doors lead from the library into a living room which has a fabulous black marble fireplace, another decorative Wyatt window, corniced ceiling and built-in bookcases.

There is a cosy mood in the TV room with carpet flooring and another fireplace, plus French doors leading to the garden. Another door leads into the Butler's Pantry which is a long, useful room with built-in shelving.

The spacious bright kitchen features timber flooring, a high ceiling, four-door AGA cooker, built-in storage at floor level and built-in shelving.

There are four sash windows overlooking both the side garden and the courtyard. Off the kitchen are a utility room and a pantry, both with stone flagged floors.

The self-contained apartment is approached via the library corridor and also by its own rear door entrance.

At the top of the first flight of stairs in the main house are a playroom and a room known as the paper room.

Continuing on up to the second flight of stairs and you come to the magnificent drawing room which features ornate corniced ceiling with large ornate centre rose, a bow window with three recessed sash windows and shutters, plus a spectacular grey marble fireplace.

Directly beside the drawing room is the guest bedroom suite with marble fireplace and an en suite bathroom with roll top bath.

At first floor level there are three bedroom suites, two bathrooms and access to the back staircase. Off the landing there are two side-by-side bathrooms, both with baths and one has a power shower.

On the second floor are three further bedrooms, a large landing, a separate WC and shower room.

The basement has a warren of rooms which have great potential to be converted into self-contained accommodation, offices, games rooms or further amenity space.

Outside, the gardens lie to the rear of the main house where there is a large patio area with stone steps leading down to the lawns which are surrounded by mature shrubbery, flowerbeds and trees.

Further along are formal gardens with box hedges, flowerbeds, a large greenhouse and a gravelled pathway leading to a gazebo. Beside the gazebo is a stone fountain with large pond. The greenhouse has an array of fruit growing, including vines and vegetables.

Another small private garden is located at the Manor Street side of the house protected by mature beech hedges, and the family room leads directly into it. The tennis court is found in the north east corner of the garden and is surrounded by stone walls.

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