Historic home with 149 acres near Belfast on the market for £2.1m
One of Northern Ireland's largest private country estates has gone on the market with a guide price of £2.1m.
Newgrove Estate, a 149-acre residential and agricultural domain just six miles south of Belfast city centre, is being marketed by Savills and Tim Martin.
Situated on the Ballylesson Road, the historic estate features a period house dating back to 1760.
Newgrove House is believed to have been constructed between 1760 and 1779, as an addition to the front of an existing earlier dwelling.
When built it was thought to have been the residence of the agent for the Purdysburn estate, of which Narcissus Batt, a pioneering banker of the time, was the owner.
It was sold a number of times and the current owner Robin Hillis (81) has lived there for most of his life after his father bought it in 1942.
The house, which needs some renovation, features a reception hall, dining room, drawing room, study, seven bedrooms and an extensive range of service rooms.
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It boasts period features including cornicing, sash windows, hardwood floors, impressive fireplaces and architraves.
Traditional outbuildings and farm buildings adjoin the house to service a farmyard at the back. The farmland includes 118 acres of arable land and 14 acres of pasture land, as well as six acres of mixed woodland.
The agricultural element of the estate is described by Savills a "key feature" and comprises productive arable land which has the ability to grow the full range of arable crops.
Mr Hillis grew up on the estate when it was a working farm with herds of dairy cattle and over 100 hens and pigs. In recent years the agricultural land has been mainly leased out.
He said: "I have three brothers and we are all getting on a bit now. We hope to sell it and I plan to move closer to my daughters in Comber.
"It was a lovely place to grow up and it was hard work on a farm, but we also had ponies and some leisure time as well."
James Butler, head of country agency at Savills, said: "It is very rare for an estate of this size, located so close to the city centre, to come to the market.
"Newgrove Estate enjoys the best of both worlds - a stunning countryside setting with convenient access to the heart of the city.
"We believe this will be a key selling point to purchasers looking for residential and agricultural opportunities with ease of access and are expecting interest locally and internationally."
For more information contact Savills on 9026 7820.