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Grand apartment is north Down’s answer to Downton Abbey


Crawford House

Crawford House

The substantial living area with double height bay and ornate barrelled ceiling

The substantial living area with double height bay and ornate barrelled ceiling

The substantial living area with double height bay and ornate barrelled ceiling

The substantial living area with double height bay and ornate barrelled ceiling

One of the two bedrooms with master en suite with steam shower

One of the two bedrooms with master en suite with steam shower


Crawford House

It’s jokingly referred to by estate agents as north Down’s answer to Downton Abbey — and this grand apartment over two floors in Crawford House certainly exudes elegance in an eye-catching location overlooking Belfast Lough.

Housed in a listed building that was once Crawfordsburn Hospital and designed by Vincent Craig, 2 Crawford House is the result of extensive work by developers to configure the iconic period listed building into luxury apartments, of which this particular property is the jewel in the crown.

Crawford House has attracted a who’s who of politicians, personalities and professionals working in film and television to stay within the house. This particular two storey apartment within that complex is certainly not your typical flat and to describe it as such would be an insult — it’s probably more accurately compared to a stately home and it’s easy to picture yourself as a lord or lady of the manor as the owner of this home.

Michael Rushe of Independent Property Estates said: “It’s an iconic property in an iconic location, arguably one of the finest locations in Northern Ireland. We call it North Down(ton) Abbey.”

Offers over £595,000 are being invited for the apartment in a gated complex off Old Windmill Road.

It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms along with a shower room, and two reception rooms and offers spacious accommodation throughout.

Leading up to Crawford House, there’s a gated entrance before a tree-lined road within 21 acres of woodland and meadow which forms Crawfordsburn Country Park. The sweeping driveway lined by Victorian style lamp posts indicates something special awaits.

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That’s before communal grounds and tennis courts sweeten the deal before any prospective buyer even enters the property, with extensive grounds leading directly to Crawfordsburn beach or a helicopter pad if you’re so inclined. There are also scenic walks to the waterfall, woodland, bridges and a stone viaduct to add to that sense of exclusivity offered at Crawford House.

In terms of connectivity and nearby amenities, the property itself is just a short distance from Crawfordsburn village where the Old Inn dates back to 1614 — just another sense of the maturity and legacy offered to any owner of this apartment.

Your first introduction to the property is in an ornate communal reception hall with electronic door entry system and prominent panelled double entrance doors in keeping with the feel of the property.

The private entryway is described by agents as an inner hallway, which features pitch pine flooring, understair storage and a ceramic tiled floor.

Inside, the property itself is laid out over two floors and comprises of a central reception room where you can really benefit from views over communal lawns and the Lough.

There’s a gallery-level sitting room which would provide the perfect secluded place to curl up with a good book looking down over the central reception room.

The reception or drawing room has a vaulted barrelled ceiling which is one of the standout features with plaster detailing and cornicing.

It’s along with full height leaded bay windows where you can enjoy those panoramic views beside the ornate stone fireplace with cast iron fire basket and inset gas fire.

In the kitchen there are fully-fitted oak units along with an Aga and another unique selling point sure to be attractive for many, a walk-in larder.

The kitchen has high and low level units with granite worktops, open shelving glazed display cabinets, vegetable basket and a Belfast sink with mahogany drainers.

Appliances include an American style fridge freezer, and the afore-mentioned cream Aga with two ring ceramic gas hob. Space is provided for a casual dining area. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room and there’s a second bedroom, a first floor bathroom suite and an additional ground floor shower room.

It has a granite-topped vanity unit with inset wash basin, a heated towel rail and fully-tiled shower cubicle. In the en suite shower room you can expect more of the same — a shower cubicle with multi-head shower and steam unit and wall tiling and ceramic tiled floor.

The unique features and finishes in this property won’t be for everyone but there’s no doubt there’s an atmosphere of grandeur throughout.

2 Crawford House is listed with Independent Property Estates for offers over £595,000

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