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Groom’s Cottage: A historic Co Down mill with a contemporary twist

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The converted stone mill offers a rural retreat

The converted stone mill offers a rural retreat

Groom's Cottage is located in Seaforde

Groom's Cottage is located in Seaforde

The interior is cosy and attuned to the cottage's exterior

The interior is cosy and attuned to the cottage's exterior

The views are exceptional

The views are exceptional

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The converted stone mill offers a rural retreat

Situated on the fringe of the historic Seaforde Demesne, this unique converted stone mill is a charming rural retreat.

Groom’s Cottage is one of a cluster of seven mill building conversions carried out in 2008.

It is a spacious family home with four bedrooms, three of which have en suites, a boot store, living room, kitchen, utility room and dressing room.

Groom’s Cottage along with Footman’s, Woodsman’s and Millar’s Cottages are arranged around a central communal courtyard with the entire complex retaining many of its original features and lots of old rustic charm.

Just a couple of minutes’ drive from Seaforde and the main A24 Newcastle to Belfast Road it is within easy reach of the city and the majestic Mourne Mountains.

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Groom's Cottage is located in Seaforde

Groom's Cottage is located in Seaforde

Groom's Cottage is located in Seaforde

The charm of the interior hits you as soon as you step from a glazed entrance porch into a beautiful hallway with exposed wood strip flooring, framed at one end by an arched glazed wall with a door opening to the courtyard.

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Oak stairs lead to the first floor and the hall offers boot storage with shelving and hanging space.

A timber entrance door with glazed panel and side panel leads into the quaint living room where an exposed stone wall is a lovely feature.

A multi-fuel stove built into a chimney breast with stone hearth and antique timber mantle is the perfect addition to this cosy space.

The utility room is fully equipped with both high-and low-level units and a single sink with space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. It also has a broom cupboard.

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The views are exceptional

The views are exceptional

The views are exceptional

The kitchen is modern with a large range of maple style units with matching worktops. It comes with a built-in fridge freezer, Electrolux oven and grill (newly installed) and Zanussi electric hob with stainless steel splashback.

An exposed stone wall and generous dining space adds to the rustic character in this family space.

Oak stairs lead up to a long landing where each of the bedrooms are spacious with many original features.

Bedroom one is delightful with its exposed stone wall and double doors with glazed panels opening to a Juliette balcony.

The en suite has been sensitively finished in a mix of rough cast plaster and tiled walls with a tiled floor and features a wall-mounted WC with recessed cistern, a pedestal wash hand basin and fully tiled wet room style mains shower.

Bedroom two also features double doors with glazed panels opening to a Juliette balcony and as well as an en suite shower room with a heritage style vanity unit and shower, there is a walk-in dressing room.

The third bedroom also comes with an en suite featuring a contemporary corner bath with rain head shower.

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The interior is cosy and attuned to the cottage's exterior

The interior is cosy and attuned to the cottage's exterior

The interior is cosy and attuned to the cottage's exterior

There is access from this room to a fourth bedroom or second living room where another set of double doors opens to a balcony.

The cottage is approached via the concreted and kerbed Coach Horse Lane and has a gravel area to the front with parking.

There is a private paved patio at the side of the house and an enclosed courtyard to the back which is shared with surrounding cottages.

This unique home is on the market for £325,000. Contact T L Graham & Son estate agents on 028 4372 2407.


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