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by Stephanie Bell

Published 14/01/2016

The mature grounds outside Ardara House provide privacy, shelter and seasonal colour
The mature grounds outside Ardara House provide privacy, shelter and seasonal colour
Room to relax: The drawing room has the original carved marble fireplace
The deluxe shower room with modern white suite
A modern kitchen has granite worktops and integrated appliances
The master bedroom with ensuite bathroom

There is nothing else quite like the apartments which have been skilfully created from what was once the grand and well-known family home, Ardara House.

And The Linen Suite captures the unique beauty for which these properties are renowned.

Dating back to 1872, Ardara House was built by the Andrews family and was the birth place of Thomas Andrews Junior, the chief designer of the Titanic as well as owner and managing director of Belfast's world famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard.

The grand period property which sits in lush private grounds off Comber's Ballygowan Road was sympathetically sub-divided into six individual luxury apartments in 1988.

The Linen Suite is one of the largest and incorporates the impressive original main entrance, hallway and drawing room.

What was the original dining room of the house now forms part of the master bedroom suite. Everywhere you turn, the period grandeur of the original house is apparent and the conversion has been completed so cleverly that the modern additions blend naturally with this historic setting. The result is a property that is luxurious, spacious and easily maintained.

Outside it is approached through cast iron gates and a curved, sweeping tree-lined driveway, leading to allocated carport parking at the rear. The delightful mature grounds are laid out in well maintained lawn, bounded by mature rhododendron bushes and native trees providing privacy, shelter and seasonal colour.

Throughout the interior ornate plaster cornicing, friezes and porticos hark back to the prestigious family home and other period features include the original sash windows with double glazing.

The drawing room is unique with its original carved marble fireplace and hand crafted hardwood panelling, double doors and delightful bay windows.

An impressive original entrance/ dining hall leads to a modern hand crafted kitchen with granite worktops and integrated appliances.

There are two beautifully styled bedrooms, master with luxury en suite and a built-in wardrobe, as well as a deluxe shower room with modern white suite, plus a utility room and a cloakroom.

Located just on the outskirts of Comber, the location offers easy access to commuter routes and to the surrounding villages, Stormont Buildings, the Ulster Hospital, George Best City Airport and Belfast city centre.

Featured Property: The Linen Suite, 1 Ardara House, 11 Ballygowan Road, Comber

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