Look inside: Bespoke Ballinderry home merging traditional and modern design
An ultra modern contemporary extension is a wonderful surprise when you step into this charming picture book cottage. Stephanie Bell reports...
This jaw dropping architectural home merges the traditional with the ultra modern in a grand design which will charm any viewer.
From the picture perfect white washed thatched cottage at the front you step into a magnificent modern extension of glass and wood.
The two very different sections of this one-of-a-kind property fuse together beautifully, adding luxury and making the most of the surrounding landscape.
Sitting in exquisite landscaped grounds, the listed Georgian cottage is connected to its complementary oak and glass sunroom by two glazed links around a central courtyard.
The original house is Grade B1 listed and is believed to date back to the early 1700s.
During the building of the extension in 2011 the cottage was re-thatched and lime rendered.
It briefly consists of five bedrooms, a dressing room/nursery or study, three reception rooms, two bathrooms and a downstairs WC.
The house enjoys superb panoramic views over Lough Neagh and sits in a rural location offering peace and solitude, yet is only one mile from the A26 leading to the M1.
Visitors enter through a floral archway, along a path which divides a neat lawn and is lined with flower beds to the hardwood front door.
Enter into the older part of the house where the cottage charm has been tastefully retained but updated with period style decorative floor tiles.
This cosy cottage style mingled with modern finishes continues in the dining room where there is a superb fireplace with cast iron inset and original bi-folding window shutters.
The lounge is a relaxing space with a wood burning stove and wooden mantelpiece.
A bright and modern kitchen offers a large range of units with granite worktops and a range of integrated appliances including a Hotpoint oven, Whirlpool induction hob, Bosch dishwasher and Neff fridge/freezer.
Solid oak doors open to a glazed hallway linking the oak and glazed sun room.
This contemporary space is built with a vaulted ceiling and extensive aluminium glazing looking out over rolling countryside to Lough Neagh.
It has a generous sitting area as well as a dining space with a modern Scan wood burning stove. Bi-fold doors open to a patio and the space is finished with oak engineered flooring.
There is a concealed utility room fitted with units and a solid oak worktop with sink and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Upstairs in the main part of the house there are three well presented bedrooms with tongue and grove ceilings and an additional room which could serve as either a dressing room or study and a lovely family bathroom.
The bathroom is smartly finished with a Bristan panelled bath and a walk-in shower enclosure with drencher shower and there is a designer Kohrer vanity unit with granite worktop and splashback as well as a built in vanity mirror.
On the ground floor there is a second hallway leading to a shower room and bedroom four, from where stairs lead to a fifth bedroom.
The outside of the house is delightful with a pond and patio and large gardens landscaped with wild flowers and mature trees. There is a wood store and a large shed, plus parking for multiple cars.