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A Pretty Pair

by Stephanie Bell

Ballycastle Cottage has a sweet chocolate box charm which will entice any viewer to enter its quaint arts and craft trimmed front door.

With its leaded windows and creeping ivy, this stone cottage just outside Newtownards is a picture perfect country home.

The current owners sum up what it is like to live in such a quaint property: "We have very much enjoyed living here, as you are in the country, but with Belfast and Newtownards both being close to hand.

"The cottage is bright and full of character with the added benefit of the colourful gardens. The quietness of the evenings and the stars at night are a special bonus."

You would never guess that the cottage was originally a pair of semi-detached homes which were carefully converted into one around 1980. Since then it has been extensively extended over the years.

The interior is bright and spacious and has the feel of a comfortable and luxurious modern home, with just the right amount of period character and charm.

The layout offers flexible accommodation which includes a drawing room, living room, dining room, conservatory, kitchen, four bedrooms, master with en suite shower room and a family bathroom.

The cottage sits on the periphery of Mount Stewart Demesne, close to Strangford Lough shore, with its beautiful walks and sailing.

A pebbled driveway leads to the front of the house and when you step through the front door you find yourself in the beautiful living/dining room.

A feature central fireplace made from stone and housing a multi-fuel stove makes a superb feature rising from the centre of the room and serving as a divide between the living and dining areas.

Large sliding patio doors in the living area open onto a magnificent conservatory, where French doors lead to the beautiful back gardens.

A staircase also rises from this room to the first floor.

Double windows fill the spacious drawing room with natural light and a cottage feel is added to this cosy space with a tongue and groove ceiling.

The kitchen is a warm family space with oak units and a midnight blue oil fired Rayburn range style cooker. It comes with an integrated fridge and dishwasher. A staircase leads to the first floor.

Upstairs and the bedrooms are all good-sized, some with sloping attic ceilings and wooden beams.

The family bathroom is contemporary in design and also has a walk in shower cubicle as well as a bath.

Outside is a delight. At the back is a large stone patio surrounded by stone walls and raised colourful flowerbeds.

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