Video: Take a look inside this landmark Crawfordsburn home
Property of the week - 3 Sharman Manor, Crawfordsburn, Bangor
This much admired group of buildings started life around 1890 as a model farm for the Sharman Crawford Estate.
In 1987 it was sensitively converted into four separate residential units and 3 Sharman Manor, which has just gone on the market, is an extensive home offering around 4,000 sq ft of beautifully appointed accommodation.
As you would expect it retains much of the character associated with the original property while also having the air of a very inviting and luxurious family home.
Approached by a sweeping driveway, the landmark tower with its fully operational clock is an interesting part of Number 3 and is reached by a spiral iron staircase built by MacFarlanes of Glasgow and which was formerly installed in the historic Crown Bar in Belfast.
Featured in Charles Brett's 'Buildings of North Down', the sale of this unusual home offers a chance to own an outstanding property that is 'decidedly different' and with the added bonus of being close to Crawfordsburn village with its Old Inn.
The extensive accommodation includes a drawing room/dining room, sitting room, kitchen, four bedrooms, two with en suites and built-in robes, and a beautiful antique-style main bathroom.
A sun porch leads into a bright entrance hall with tiled floor and corniced ceiling. There is a service door to the garage and a cloakroom with WC.
A wall of windows gives a bright airy feel to the elegant and spacious drawing room where a marble fireplace takes pride of place and an oak floor gives a rich finish. Quaint porthole windows look out over the lough shore.
The kitchen/dining room is another bright space with circular steps leading up the dining area.
Cream custom built units with Corrian worktops come with a range of appliances including a Britannia six ring gas hob and electric double ovens, a Bosch dishwasher and microwave, and an American fridge freezer.
This room also has a lovely solid oak floor.
Going upstairs, feature beams create bespoke character on the landing where there is a large picture window overlooking Belfast Lough.
Beams make another lovely feature in the master bedroom which has a full range of built-in robes, drawers and a dressing table as well as a walk-in dressing room. An en suite is luxuriously kitted out with a bidet, vanity unit and shower cubicle.
Bedroom two also has its own en suite shower room and is fitted out with a double built-in robe, a vanity unit and fitted drawers.
The main bathroom is a beautifully styled room with original beams and sloping ceiling. It has a luxury antique style white suite with a bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low flush WC, bidet and shower cubicle.
There is a third bedroom with beamed ceiling and double built-in wardrobes and the landing also opens into the clock tower where there is another living room or study with great lough views.
A cast iron spiral staircase leads up to a further bedroom within the clock tower, again with magnificent bird's eye views across the lough. This room offers access to the loft where the clock itself is situated.
Outside the house is just as pleasing with a double integral garage and a shared driveway which leads to a private archway.
Through the archway is a cobbled courtyard with parking for several cars.
Extensive, beautifully designed gardens to the back have lots of mature plants and different patio areas to enjoy the sun as well as pergolas. There is a superb raised patio which allows views across to the lough.