Belfast Telegraph

'Southfork' site in Co Down goes on market for £1.2m

By Margaret Canning

A House and its grounds in Co Down - once known locally as Southfork because of its grandeur - is up for sale for £1.2m.

Commercial property agents Lambert Smith Hampton said that Ard House in Newtownards - and its surrounding 2.3 acres - had attracted considerable interest.

The site also has views over Kiltonga Lake and Nature Reserve, and a view of Scrabo Tower.

The Belfast Road house has fallen into despair but had been a much-loved family home until the present generation of owners decided to sell it.

In its heyday the house was much-admired - and according to some Newtownards people, it was even compared to Southfork, the country pile of the Ewing family in popular soap Dallas.

But the house is now run-down and uninhabitable, with its surrounding land now the biggest selling point.

There is outline planning permission for 20 units on the site - along with full planning permission for another detached dwelling.

Andrew Fraser, a surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: "The house used to be a family home, but our client now has planning permission for 20 units on the entire site.

"We have a further planning permission for one detached house on the site."

But any new owner would not have to adhere to the existing planning permissions if they wished to make other uses of the site, he said.

And such sites did not come on to the market on a frequent basis.

"It's not something which would come onto the market every week," he said.

"It's on the western side of Newtownards and it is well connected on the Belfast old road.

"We've seen a good amount of interest in it but no offers on it yet. When you get into this price range of over £1m, interested parties do take their time - but it's a fantastic site in a great location."

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