A unique 18th century country house and estate on the outskirts of Ballymena has gone on sale for the princely sum of £1.2m.
Glarryford's Springmount House boasts a picturesque main building and also includes a gate lodge, a disused cottage and 185 acres of land.
Based at 49 Springmount Road, the property is also a B1 listed building, which is defined by the Department of Communities as "special buildings of more local importance or good examples of some period of style".
The main house consists of two principal reception rooms and a wide staircase leading to the first floor accommodation, with four large bedrooms and second floor accommodation with two attic rooms.
The house is flanked by two wings, one comprises the kitchen, pantries and former servant's quarters, with two large cellars.
The other wing comprises a stable block, now a store with loft above.
Also included are a range of slated traditional farm buildings laid out in a courtyard setting, with an adjoining yard of modern farm buildings and livestock accommodation.
Interested parties are advised that the estate will require "significant repair and modernisation to restore it to its original condition".
Springmount was acquired by the Ross family in the latter part of the 19th century.
Ballyclare-based J. A. McClelland & Sons are handling the sale of the property on behalf of the estate of the late Mr I. H. Ross.
The firm's Managing Director Shaun Irvine said there were already a number of people interested in the property.
It went on the market on Saturday.
Mr Irvine said he believed the size of the property would be one of its main selling points.
"It's a very substantial property, it would be rare that farms of that size come on the market in Co Antrim," he explained.
"It's highly attractive, it's a lovely place. You need somebody who would appreciate the style of the property.
"It's not got a state of the art kitchen or bathroom. Anyone can build a new house and put a new kitchen in it, but you can't build a house like Springmount."
Mr Irvine there had been interest in the local area, but also from further afield.
"I've been speaking to a number of agents lately who tell me that there's a lot of interest particularly in these times from people who are looking to relocate back to Northern Ireland," he said.
"People who went to England to study and perhaps got married are now starting to look at coming back, particularly with the whole Covid situation.
"We're finding people wanting to return to Northern Ireland where there's a lot more room, a lot more relaxed attitude to life and for family support in these difficult times."
He said there had been a "big increase" in people returning home to Northern Ireland. "While we've a price tag of £1.2m on it for a house and 180-190 acres, at the end of the day it would only buy you a flat in London," Mr Irvine said.
2020 was a "good year" for the local land market, with prices ahead of 2019, he revealed. "House sales have been very strong, there seems to have been a strong bounce back and there's been a lot of interest.
"Being country agents I think a lot more people are wanting to have the country lifestyle and a lot more space about them," Mr Irvine said. He added that it was a good time for those both buying and selling property.
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