Belfast Telegraph

Cultra's Ardavon House for sale with development

By Rachel Martin

A Co Down house once inhabited by several of Ulster's great and good is up for sale as part of a development opportunity.

Ardavon House in Cultra, north Down, counts the brother of Northern Ireland's first Prime Minister among its former residents as well as a number of wealthy merchants and high-profile businessmen.

The building is now derelict but was built by its first resident Samuel Trimble, the deputy treasurer of Co Antrim, who lived there until his death in 1887.

And Granville Craig, who lived in the house in 1909, was the younger brother of James Craig, Viscount Craigavon, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

The house was built around 1870, shortly after the Holywood to Bangor railway was installed. Despite its rich history, the building is not listed.

The house was valued at £45 in 1878 when it was first built, but now hits the market at £2m.

The sale also includes 5.9 acres and planning permission for six Georgian-style homes designed by Des Ewing to tie in with the existing property.

Estate agent Simon Brien said he expected each of the houses will be worth around £2m when completed.

"It will appeal to professionals who may be trying to decide between Malone or Craigavad," he said. "It's a nice package set in a beautiful area of mature woodland. There's no listed status on the existing house but we imagine that the developer may decide to restore it. It's very different and has a lot of character."

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