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Medieval Magic

by Stephanie Bell

This distinctive home with its medieval theme is no stranger to the limelight having won the BBC1 Northern Ireland House of the Year Individual Merit Award in 2011, as well as gracing the pages of numerous local and national interiors publications.

With its sprawling layout, gothic arched windows and numerous towering chimney stacks, Heathfield Hall cuts quite a dash in the countryside just five miles from Hillsborough village.

What started life as the Cluntagh Old School House has evolved over the last 16 years into a home which is unashamedly quirky and eccentric, and which makes you feel like you have wandered onto the set of a medieval movie.

Architectural antiques accentuate the interior and exterior of every corner. The imposing skyline of the house is dominated by its 16 antique chimney pots, which tower above the eight huge feature chimney stacks which support them, while ornate finials stand proud on every available peak.

While we have many properties boasting architectural characteristics, Heathfield Hall breaks the mould by being almost entirely created from unique features.

Over 100 brick, stone and wooden arches, over 40 stained glass windows, seven working fireplaces and two spiral staircases collectively make this property a truly exceptional home.

Three-inch thick bespoke internal doors adorned with traditional ironmongery enhance the entrance into the hallways and numerous rooms which have a consistent traditional flow.

Character oozes from every corner, but this period-style structure retains the benefits of a modern double glazed energy efficient home - reclamation at its finest.

Heathfield's five-bedroom layout incorporates the Cluntagh Old Schoolhouse which is currently used as the dining hall and which has been lovingly restored and boasts a magnificent 13-foot high fireplace as a focal point.

At the other end of the house you will find an additional three bedrooms in the 'Coach House guest wing' which has been frequently used as a self-contained honeymoon suite with its rustic, lounge, wrought iron spiral staircase and two sets of hardwood patio doors that lead you from ornate four poster bedrooms into the surrounding garden. A quick tour of the main floor leads you from the hallway to a dining hall, mezzanine room, three bedrooms, office, shower room, parlour, kitchen, scullery kitchen, snug, dining room and living room.

On the first floor there are two further bedrooms including the master with en suite, plus a family bathroom.

The house is serviced with two oil-fired independent central heating systems, and has a new back boiler in the snug which heats water, septic tank, alarm, broadband, two cooking ranges and wood burning stove.

TV designer Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen summed it up in his description: "A gothic fairy-tale fantasy, absolutely stunning, full of eccentric charm."

Many of the magnificent contents are included in the sale and a full list is available from the agent. Heathfield Hall's archetype charm really needs to be seen to be appreciated and you can do just that with viewings by appointment this Saturday and next Wednesday, May 27.

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