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A Barn Reborn

by Stephanie Bell

Barn conversions offer something so unique that they never lose popularity and this one in Co Down has been completed with such attention to detail that it will wow anyone searching for a bespoke home.

The Barn also sits on a stunning site set back from the shores of Strangford Lough surrounded by beautiful countryside in grounds which are mature and extensive, befitting the beauty of the natural stone built home at its heart.

Just reaching the house is a delight as you travel down a loose chip driveway, which sweeps through beautifully manicured lawns with a secluded meadow and a large pond.

The retention of the property's natural stone façade, which is a nod to its historical past, allows this unique home to blend perfectly with the idyllic Comber countryside.

The Barn's expansive accommodation of around 4200 sq ft has been thoughtfully designed to offer adaptable accommodation spread over both wings of the house which are seamlessly joined by a glazed hardwood conservatory.

This flexibility offers the chance to use this huge family home either as a six bed with four reception rooms or five bed with five receptions.

If entertaining is high on your agenda then you will love the feature raised terrace boasting a large barbecue area and an integrated lighting system with panoramic views of the surrounding gardens and countryside.

At the back of the house there is a detached double garage with electric roller doors which has a games room or home office above, accessed by an outside staircase.

The back is further complemented by an expansive courtyard which opens to a covered storage area which could be used as a car port for up to three vehicles.

The entrance hall is a conservatory style room with natural stone floor and under floor heating which with its ornate exposed stone wall and double doors opening to the rear courtyard make a huge impression as you step into this special home.

There is also a hallway with beamed ceiling and exposed natural stone walls which has a cloakroom off it.

The character of the barn is apparent everywhere you go but the designers have struck a balance between old and new as the feeling is modern, luxurious and bright.

The kitchen is full of features from its beautiful white beamed ceiling to its exposed stone floor and hand crafted oak units with polished granite work tops. There is a solid wood block preparation area and a full range of appliances including a double oven and range style cooker inset, integrated dishwasher and concealed fridge/freezer.

This bright space also has dining and living areas with a fireplace featuring a gas burning stove.

There is also a separate utility room with a range of built-in units and space for a double height wine chiller and American fridge freezer.

The dining room is another delight with a marble effect tiled floor and natural exposed stone wall and this room enjoys views towards Strangford Lough which you can enjoy to the full by stepping through double hardwood doors onto a front terrace.

The drawing room takes pride of place on the first floor of the property where it enjoys a feature barn-style eaves ceiling with Velux windows and exposed rafters.

Natural stone exposed walls and a central feature stone fireplace with wood burning stove add to the great character is this vast space off which there is a balcony with wrought iron rails and incredible views to the countryside.

There is another beautiful living room with a double height ceiling with exposed wooden rafters.

Two of the five bedrooms come with opulent en suites and the style of the original barn has remained intact in all of the bedrooms.

The master features an array of built in wardrobes and has double doors opening onto a balcony which overlooks the front gardens.

Outside the property is simply sublime with stone built pillars and wrought iron gates leading to the sweeping driveway.

There are landscaped gardens to front laid in lawn, planted with shrubs and a wide range of trees and a wildlife garden with mature trees.

Steps lead up to a raised terrace accessed from the conservatory area, dining room and kitchen.

An upper terrace and sandstone patio are also ideal entertaining areas.

Property of the week: The Barn,19 Trench Road, Comber, Newtownards

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