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Historic Strangford home of veteran BBC broadcaster Dunseith still on market

The picturesque Alms in Strangford the former home of David Dunseith
The picturesque Alms in Strangford the former home of David Dunseith
Interior views of the property
Interior views of the property
David Dunseith
David with his wife Roisin Walsh on their Wedding Day
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

A new owner for the family home of the late BBC Talkback presenter David Dunseith is still being sought - two years after it went on the market.

The property, which has remained in the family since the veteran broadcaster passed away in 2011, has been on offer since December 2015, but has also been rented out through Air B&B.

Located in the tranquil setting of Strangford, where Mr Dunseith lived with his wife Roisin Walsh, a television journalist who predeceased him by just 11 months, The Alms is a home with plenty of history.

Originally built by The Ward family in the early 1800s, the house is steeped in character.

A major selling point for the house will be the spectacular views that can be enjoyed of the picturesque Strangford Narrows, the Irish sea and - on a good day - the Isle of Man.

Staying with the outside of the property, large mature gardens are perfect for either leaving as they are or a complete redesign that will allow for growing vegetables, herbs or extensive flower beds that will add colour all year around.

Added to this are the considerable lifestyle benefits within easy reach of the Castle Ward National Trust estate. The sale includes the added bonus of a smaller self-contained one-bedroom cottage, situated close to the main house.

A spacious layout includes a family room, snug and conservatory and three decent sized bedrooms, one with an en-suite.

The house is listed with Ulster Property Sales in Downpatrick, where sales negotiator David McCarthy said the house is perfect for any family.

He said: "The house has been used as an Air B&B although it has been on the market since December 2015. Unfortunately, it hasn't sold but it is a beautiful house set in lovely grounds back off the road, so it is quiet and peaceful.

"As with any property that hasn't been owner-occupied for a while, The Alms has become a bit dated but that in no way detracts from how beautiful it is and it is extremely liveable.

"The people who have used it through Air B&B have really liked it but I would imagine whoever buys The Alms will want to make it their own family home.

"The house has an asking price of £330,000, which could be why it hasn't been snapped up before now. While I don't know for sure, there very well could be room for some negotiation around the asking price."

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