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Family home in tranquil countryside overlooking Strangford Lough

A beautiful bespoke family home set in tranquil countryside with views over Strangford Lough. Stephanie Bell reports...

Larchwood, 36 Audleystown Road, Strangford
Larchwood, 36 Audleystown Road, Strangford

Nestled in a picturesque rural setting this beautiful bespoke family home enjoys stunning views over Strangford Lough towards Killyleagh.

On a clear day Scrabo Tower and the Belfast Hills are also visible from this peaceful plot which is also a short distance from Audleys Castle, Castle Ward and Strangford Sailing Club.

The house itself has been designed to make the most of the wonderful setting and panoramic views.

Built in 2001, the design of the property was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement which can be seen in the use of stained glass and intricate interior woodwork.

This one-off home comes with a wealth of individual features with high quality design and craftsmanship apparent throughout.

Natural light floods into the property and the generous proportions make it a great home for entertaining and yet it still feels very homely.

Outside the gardens are a delight and have been carefully landscaped to blend in with the natural surroundings.

Although you can feel perfectly secluded in this beautiful spot, it is by no means isolated and there is the comfort of having neighbours nearby and the popular coastal village of Strangford is a five minute drive away.

As well as walks through the neighbouring Castle Ward estate you also have sailing, golf, cycling and horse riding on your doorstep.

The house itself impresses on entry through its solid oak double entrance doors which lead first into a porch with marble floor and stained glass panels where glazed double doors open to a bright hallway.

Off the hallway are a cloakroom with marble tiled floor and a wash room with vanity unit and low flush WC.

The lounge is a beautiful spacious room bursting with bespoke features.

A high ceiling and large bay window with stained glass, French doors, an Arts & Crafts-style fireplace and raised gallery with an oak handrail which features wildlife carvings by sculptor Owen Crawford fill the room with unique character.

Even the floor tiles are by ceramicist Diane McCormick.

Glazed oak double doors open to a delightful dining room with casual living area.

Again there are high ceilings and another huge bay window with stained glass detailing looking out over the country views.

This room is finished with oak flooring and opens to the kitchen.

Designed and fitted by Alwood Kitchens, the light oak shaker style units are fitted along a curved wall and are topped with Corrian.

There is an island unit with wood block worktop and bespoke a glazed room divider separating it from the living/dining space.

You also get a Neff eye level oven and combination oven, integrated gas hob and an integrated dishwasher.

Off the kitchen is a rear hallway with steps down to the garage and up to a library or cosy den. An oak stable door opens to a front terrace.

There is a well equipped utility room fitted with the same oak shaker style units.

On the first floor the library features a full wall of built in book shelves by Alwoods and there are French doors opening onto a Juliette balcony with panoramic views.

The master bedroom is luxurious and features a range of painted built in wardrobes and cupboards by Alwoods and comes with a fabulous en suite with Jacuzzi bath with jets and mixer tap, a shower area, bidet, vanity unit and low flush toilet.

Two remaining bedrooms each come with build in wardrobes and en suite shower rooms. There is also a study with Lough views.

Outside also delights. Handcrafted wrought iron gates designed in the same style as those on nearby Castle Ward estate open to a tarmac driveway with generous parking terrace to the front of the house which is bathed in morning sunshine and looks out over the garden across to Castle Ward.

The front garden is in lawn with lots of mature trees, a natural rockery and a wildlife pond.

There is also a woodland garden with larch trees, Rhododendrons and a woodland pathway and to the back of the property there is another raised tiled terrace which catches the afternoon and evening sun and enjoys spectacular sunsets and Lough views.

There is also a garage with remote cedar up and over door and a garden workshop and store.

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