A stunning Georgian residence dating back to the early 1800s is on the market for almost £1m - and is already attracting interest.
Rock Cottage in Killinchy, Co Down, was originally built as a hunting lodge for Viscount Bangor, and later converted into a cottage.
A two-year restoration project to extend and modernise the property was completed last month.
Estate agent David Best said that although the cottage has only become available in the last few days, it has piqued the interest of several potential buyers.
Situated on the Whiterock Road, with an asking price of £995,000, this stunning 5,650 sq ft residence includes five main bedrooms, four bathrooms and a separate, but attached, self-contained guesthouse in the courtyard, which provides a sixth en-suite bedroom.
Set in beautiful private, parkland gardens of 1.6 acres with stunning views over Strangford Lough, Rock Cottage's entrance hall, with feature fireplace, leads into formal drawing and dining rooms and an impressive stairwell.
A bright 60 sq m McGowan Brooks kitchen with refurbished Aga and second adjoining service kitchen with main kitchen, leads through double doors to a large entrance hall, which the brochure says is "perfect for entertaining".
There is also a family sitting room, while other downstairs rooms include a study and a wine cellar.
Mr Best, from Simon Brien Residential, said there have already been "quite a few calls from interested local buyers".
"This is a spacious, family-orientated modern day home within a period residence," he said.
"Extensive works to modernise and extend the property were completed in June this year and a lot of money has been spent on it by the current owner.
"The kitchen/living/dining area is superb.
"There's also a tennis court within the gardens, as well as stables, outbuildings, workshop, bike store and a fuel store in the courtyard."
He added: "This is the perfect residence for people who are looking for something a bit different."
Rock Cottage's current owner said it was inspired by a desire to "create our perfect family home".
Planning permission facilitated a barn conversion and an extension towards the water, meaning all the views from the kitchen side of the property are south facing and stretch over Strangford Lough.
"It's been a fun and interesting project from sourcing the Bangor blue slate tiles from Donegal," said the owner.
"We've rebuilt the whole roof, there's been a barn conversion and an extension."
He continued: "We've totally gutted the house, re-wired it, re-plumbed it and made it as comfortable and as much like the old original property as we possibly can."
The brochure says that "new heating and electrical installations and an exceptional interior design" make it "ideal to immediately settle in".
It is also "within walking distance of local shops, the award-winning Balloo House and Killinchy Primary School" and has Strangford Yacht Club and Activity Centre "on the doorstep".
"Royal County Down Golf Club is 35 minutes down the road and other sporting facilities include a David Lloyd centre 15 minutes towards Belfast," it adds.
There is "significant storage throughout include double hot press" as well as a "smart heating system, Cat 6 cable network and CCTV, serviced by a central communications cupboard".
Another feature is a "walk-in heated linen store with adjoining linen cupboard".
"It's built on rock - that's where the name came from," added the owner.
"It was originally built as a hunting lodge for Viscount Bangor (because it was the halfway point between Bangor Castle and Castle Ward) and then converted into a cottage around the 1850s."
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