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Look inside historic beauty of renovated gate house in Co Down

This quaint gate house has been renovated and extended into a fine modern home with bags of charm. Stephanie Bell reports...

8 Killaire Road, Private Road, Carnlea, Co Down
8 Killaire Road, Private Road, Carnlea, Co Down

Prepare to be charmed by the elegance, space and unique character of this exceptional gate house in Carnalea.

Dating back to 1860, the house enchants with its period beauty and has undergone major refurbishment in recent years with a new extension creating a wealth of accommodation.

The quaint style which makes gate houses so sought after can be found alongside clean, modern, luxurious finishes.

The house has three en suite bedrooms, a studio, formal dining room with butler's pantry, open plan living space and kitchen, a drawing room, boot room and utility room.

The enviable position along a private road offers a tranquil setting which is handy to Carnalea railway halt and close North Down's popular coastal paths.

There are beautiful views from every aspect including breathtaking sea views from upstairs.

A sun porch leads into a welcoming hallway which features a lovely retro style radiator, a sign of the attention to detail that has gone into creating this special home.

The first bedroom is just off the hallway and harks back to the origins of the house with a cast iron fireplace and cornice ceiling. The en suite shower room is finished with porcelain wall and floor tiles.

The drawing room is a bright and calming space with built in book cases and a maple floor.

There is a rear hallway and a fabulous feature is a minstrel gallery with glass balustrade overlooking a large living room with exposed feature Belfast brick wall and cast iron wood burning stove.

A natural well with glazed floor cover is an unusual find in this room which also has French doors opening to a rear patio.

This room opens into the superb kitchen which is high spec all the way with hand painted bespoke units.

There is a Fischer and Paykel stainless steel range oven, a six ring gas hob, a double oven and warming drawers, an integrated dishwasher and a casual dining peninsula.

Off the kitchen is a utility kitted out with the same quality units.

Off the minstrel gallery is a studio with bi-fold glass doors creating another beautiful bespoke feature in this part of the house.

The elegant dining room is finished with a parquet wood block floor and features a walk-in butler's pantry.

The master bedroom looks out over Belfast Lough and comes with an en suite dressing area as well as a luxury shower room with twin wash hand basins and bidet.

The third bedroom also has charming views and a modern en suite.

Outside there is an enclosed rear courtyard garden with paved patio areas, raised flowerbeds and a raised seating area.

The front has a pebbled driveway with mature planting.

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