Look inside: Historic Rostrevor home set against backdrop of the Mourne Mountains
This landmark historic home is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. Stephanie Bell reports...
This landmark historic home sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by stunning, private grounds and an additional 10 acres of land.
Bellevue has been a much admired property in the area for centuries, dating back to the 1830s.
The current owners bought it in 1997 and have made it even more special by adding a sun room and separate two bedroom annexe.
The house is brimming with historic charm yet has been kept up to date with many modern touches that give it a sense of luxury and comfort.
Its setting is quite spectacular with stunning views in every direction.
The spacious ground floor offers an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, rear hall, WC, utility, kitchen/dining room and sun room.
On the first floor there are six bedrooms, one with an en suite, a shower room and a family bathroom.
The annex sits above a triple garage which also has an office and games room on the ground floor with a separate entrance.
It is an attractive building faced with Donegal stone and inside has underfloor heating and double glazed timber sash windows.
Anyone with equestrian interests is well catered for as there are stables and a barn, plus a range of other outbuildings all within 10 ƒ acres of land.
The mature gardens to the side and rear of the house alone extend to around 1 ƒ acres with the magnificent backdrop of Slieveban and Slievemeen and the Mourne Mountains beyond.
Grazing paddocks including a former walled garden connect the property to the Old Killowen Road and there is rear access to a former farmyard which also serves as a walking trail through Ballyedmond Wood to Slievemartin.
If the grounds and setting haven't seduced you then the house itself certainly will.
Tasteful interior design teamed with beautiful original features gives very room an elegance and charm.
The entrance hall is rather special with a marble fireplace and coving plus large feature arch and wooden flooring.
The dining room overlooks the front of the house with a bay window looking out to the sea and the mountains. It is finished with a solid wooden floor and decorative wood surround fireplace.
The elegant drawing room features another marble fireplace and bay window and double patio doors opening to a side patio.
There is a rear hallway with a utility room and storage cupboard plus a built in pantry and a WC.
The modern kitchen is well laid out in an L shape with John Daly designed units and granite worktops. It has a Belfast sink and built in fridge and dishwasher. There is a food preparation area with a built in sink and an Aga, plus a separate two ring Neff electric hob and oven.
A lovely informal dining area is full of charm with a dresser unit, wood surround fireplace, wooden ceiling beams and window pelmets.
The fabulous sun room features a timber ceiling and built in window seating and is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the property's unique setting. Double doors open to a side patio.
Upstairs and five of the six bedrooms, including the master have a great range of built in wardrobes.
The master en suite is quite decadent with a white freestanding bath and His and Her sinks, plus partial wood panelled walls.
The main bathroom has the same feeling of luxury with a feature vanity unit with marble top and a wood panelled bath with partial marble top. There is also a modern shower room.
Outside the annex has been finished to a high standard with two bedrooms and an open plan kitchen/living/dining room with multi fuel stove, an Italian designed kitchen with granite worktops and double doors opening onto a balcony.