Belfast Telegraph

Look inside: Cottage charm of Belfast home with bags of character

This quaint historic property has been lovingly crafted into a modern family home with bags of character. Stephanie Bell reports...

Brook Cottage, 87-89 Old Holywood Road, Belfast
Brook Cottage, 87-89 Old Holywood Road, Belfast

Converted from two cottages and part of a quaint cluster of period homes that formerly housed the servants of the Glenmachan Estate, Brook Cottage is a truly unique home that will charm anyone who steps inside.

Dating back to around 1850 it is believed that the house was formerly home to the butler and the chauffeur of the estate.

The cottage is part of a number of properties that were formerly the old farm house, the coach house and labourer's cottages on the estate, giving the area a village type feel.

The conversion into one detached house was carried out in the 1990s and has been so well done it is hard to imagine that it was ever two separate homes.

Many original features combine with high end cottage style modern finishes to create a warm and inviting interior.

Inside feels spacious upstairs and down. There are two bedrooms, a walk in wardrobe, large study and bathroom on the first floor while downstairs there are two reception rooms, a kitchen open plan to another living area, a utility and a WC.

The property sits in extensive gardens which have been magically transformed by the current owners and there is a detached garage.

The owner's builder was instrumental in helping create brick pathways, walls and raised flowerbeds but ultimately the garden has been a labour of love and has evolved from a passion for cottage type flowers and shrubs which have been collected from Mountstewart to Cornwall.

The terraced river bank provides colour all year round and the small vegetable patch will keep you stocked up with herbs, fruit and vegetables in the summer.

This delightful home charms from the moment you step into the vestibule which is finished with a quarry tiled floor and tongue and groove ceiling.

You then enter via a barn style front door into a spacious dining hall which opens into a bay.

There is an inglenook fireplace with brick surround and gas fired stove, plus quarry tiled floor with carpet inset in the dining area which sits in front of two windows.

The drawing room is also spacious and features a carved wood surround fireplace with cast iron inset and gas fire. This room also has a tongue and groove ceiling.

The delightful kitchen is top of the range finished with solid wood painted units topped with granite and featuring a Belfast sink, an integrated double oven and five ring gas hob.

It opens into a quaint living area where French doors lead to a rear patio and the gardens.

There is a well equipped utility with granite worktop and a solid barn style back door as well as a cloakroom with attractive built in drawers and cupboards topped with granite.

A mezzanine style landing adds even more character and features another period fireplace with cast iron surround, perfectly lending itself to a home study or an additional living area.

The bedrooms are beautifully styled and there is a superb walk in wardrobe with hanging rails and shelving which is plumbed for an en suite.

No expense has been spared in creating the charming family bathroom which has been finished with part wood panelled walls and features a standalone ball and claw roll top bath.

There is also a walk in shower cubicle and a lovely traditional style vanity sint unit.

For full listing, visit

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph