One of Northern Ireland's most historic homes, which dates back almost 300 years, has gone on the market in Londonderry.
Aghanloo House in Limavady was originally built as a hunting lodge for the aristocratic Beresford family around 1740.
The Grade B1 listed property has a rich history, having served as a local rectory for a period and also as a school house during the First World War.
In the late 19th century it is believed to have been home to a Mr McLaughlin, a builders' merchant reputedly responsible for the construction of the famous chimney at Coleraine Distillery in the 1880s.
Nestled at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain, with views of the Roe Valley towards the Sperrin Mountains, its current owners have sympathetically restored the property to its original glory.
The interior still retains many original features including multiple fireplaces, window shutters, a wine cellar and impressive staircase with turned balustrade.
On the market for £550,000 with McAfee Estate Agents, this unique home on the Aghanloo Road is expected to create a great deal of interest.
McAfee sales manager Mark Brennan said: "It is very exciting to bring such a historic and unique home to the market.
"The house was very run down at one point but the current owners have sensitively restored it and retained many of its beautiful original features.
"It feels almost like a boutique hotel inside, a very special place where you can feel the age and history but everything is perfect.
"The current owners raised their family in the house and now that they have all grown up and left they are reluctantly downsizing.
"It also has the most idyllic setting with views of the mountain down to Lough Foyle and sits the end of lane so it enjoys superb privacy.
"It really is very special property."
Such has been the attention to detail during renovations that great effort even went into trying to match the exterior colour as it would have looked when built in the mid 18th century.
Mark explained: "It is a very striking colour. Apparently paint back then was made with mud and cow's urine which is how the unique colour was achieved and trying to recreate that today shows the length the current owners went to when restoring this beautiful home."
A substantial house, it has five bedrooms, each with a beautiful original fireplace as well as five reception rooms, two cloakrooms, a shower room and a family bathroom.
A magnificent elaborately carved wooden fireplace with matching over mantel takes pride of place in the dining hall and the kitchen is up to date but has been designed to blend in with the period beauty of the property. The house also sits in extensive grounds of 1.5 acres with many mature trees, a large lawn and deck area. There is a courtyard featuring a range of old traditional farm buildings which add to the character.
One of these currently has planning permission to convert it into a three bedroom cottage.