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HomeFinder Property of the Week: Brook Cottage - a genteel country home with a modern twist

11 Glasswater Road, Crossgar

By Stephanie Bell

There is a distinct feeling of class as well as character in this modern country cottage. Wooden beams, inglenook fireplaces and elegant furnishings all combine to give Brook Cottage its quintessential charm while elegant styling adds a graceful air to the interior.

The house enjoys an idyllic setting in private grounds surrounded by three and a half acres.

The generous mature gardens, compact range of outbuildings, which include a stable and a paddock, offer lots of space for children to roam and explore this delightful corner of east Down.

The house has four bedrooms and four reception rooms set over two floors. The ground floor breathes with light and space in each elegant reception room, all exceptionally presented.

Step inside to a huge dining room where a black and white chequered ceramic floor makes a bold style statement. The first inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel stove is the perfect addition to this room as is a winding wooden staircase leading to the first floor.

The bright drawing room is an elegant and refined space, while retaining the calming country feel, with its inglenook fireplace set in a carved white marble chimney piece and polished oak tongue and groove flooring. Beautiful picture windows on facing sides flood the space with light.

No cottage is complete without a garden room and this space is currently being put to perfect use as a breakfast room. There are fitted ceiling blinds to keep it cool in summer and a slate tiled floor plus double doors to the garden.

Step through an archway and you find yourself in the perfect country kitchen - a huge space with quaint customised hand painted units with distressed finish painted in three striking colours.

There are open shelves and glazed display cupboards, polished beech worktops, an island unit, breakfast bar, twin Belfast sinks and, of course, a four-oven oil-fired Aga complete with pot rack. A beamed ceiling completes the cottage look.

This incredible space in turn opens onto a beautiful family room which has a stunning vaulted and beamed ceiling and another inglenook fireplace with oak beam mantle and multi-fuel stove. Double glazed doors open to the garden.

The extensive accommodation also includes a well-fitted laundry room plumbed for an American fridge freezer and fitted with more hand painted units and a Belfast sink.

There is also a cloakroom and a rear hall leading to a guest suite.

This bright room also features a vaulted ceiling with A-frame truss and painted tongue and groove panelling with a lovely aspect overlooking the garden. The en suite is contemporary with a tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin on a chrome stand and chrome heated towel rail.

Upstairs and three Velux windows keep the landing bright and all of the bedrooms and bathrooms have a clean hotel feel, with quality finishes and top of the range sanitaryware.

The master bedroom is finished with twin double built-in wardrobes and a polished oak tongue and groove floor and comes with a superb en suite shower room.

The simple styling continues in the luxury bathroom where all white tiles showcase a pine panelled Jacuzzi bath.

The property is fitted with a Beam central vacuum system and most of the main rooms have TV points.

Anyone who loves the great outdoors will delight in the facilities outside where there is a large garden store, games room, stable, hen run, dog run and glasshouse.

The gorgeous mature gardens are laid in rolling lawns which run down to a stone bottomed stream. A fine stand of ash, sycamore and holly trees, together with mature hedging, provide excellent privacy. The gardens are interspersed by decorative gravel paths with a gravelled patio to the side of the residence.

There is also a good sized paddock, extending to around 2.4 acres with field shelter.

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