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Pretty as a picture, this historic property enjoys an idyllic location. Stephanie Bell reports...
Dating back to 1900, this charming detached cottage enjoys an idyllic rural setting surrounded by open countryside yet not far from the centre of Holywood.
Ardkeen Cottage was originally home to the gardener of Ardkeen House and it's as pretty as a picture with lovely gardens featuring immaculate lawns, colourful flower beds, trees and shrubbery.
The cottage has been modernised to a high standard while still retaining much of its unique character and charm.
Inside is bright and feels open and airy and there is great accommodation which starts with a lovely sun room which leads to the kitchen where there is casual dining.
There is also a large lounge with cottage style inglenook fireplace and a sitting room, plus a utility and WC on the ground floor.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom.
A real bonus is the outside garage which is a double and comes with a shower room and a floored loft annex with heating, light and power.
The outside of the house is so quaint that do expect to be charmed when you step inside and your are not disappointed.
The sun room is built in timber frame with double glazing and a painted tongue and groove ceiling. There is a quarry tiled floor and lovely garden views.
A glazed inner door allows the light to flood in to the kitchen which is fitted with solid oak units and comes with an oil fired Aga cooker. There is also a built in Bosch dishwasher and part of the walls in here are wood paneled with a ceramic floor.
The utility room is fitted with a Belfast sink and a granite worktop and there are also part wood panelled walls in here and a quaint painted pine tongue and groove ceiling.
The living room is surprisingly spacious and bright, with an elegant feel and pride of place goes to the fabulous large inglenook fireplace which has a huge sleeper mantel and a multi fuel stove.
This room is large enough to comfortably accommodate a large dining table and is finished with a solid oak floor. Double French doors open to the pretty outside.
The sitting room is another bright yet cosy space and also has a quaint inglenook fireplace with multi fuel stove, sleeper mantle and stone hearth. A double glazed door leads outside and a staircase rises up to the first floor.
Three of the four bedrooms have built in robes and the master has dual aspect windows.
The family bathroom is modern with a white suite and as well as a panelled bath there is a fully tiled built-in shower cubicle with drencher shower unit.
Outside a pink pebbled driveway adds to the cottage feel in the garden which will charm you with its colours and extensive plants.
The garage is a real bonus with a modern shower room with Mira Sport electric shower and its upper floor conversion which would make a superb granny flat or teenage annex.