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Looks like it’s been there for generations? Try 15 years

The period feel to this relatively new house gives it a sense of charm that complements the hi-spec finish, writes Eimear McGovern


Country setting: the well maintained lawned garden

Country setting: the well maintained lawned garden

The spacious living room

The spacious living room

The contemporary kitchen

The contemporary kitchen

The stunning countryside setting of this Banbridge home

The stunning countryside setting of this Banbridge home


Country setting: the well maintained lawned garden

A sizeable and private family home, 28 Shanrod Road in Banbridge was built in 2007 by its current owners to a high specification evident to any viewers who step through the door.

Although a modern property, the period feel to this home is evident with everything from the sweeping gated driveway and the thoughtful placement of trees and shrubs carefully chosen to contribute to the seclusion of the house itself, situated in a very desirable location in Ballela.

A solid wood panelled door with double glazing opens to the generous reception hall. With an eyecatching feature oak staircase leading to a lush carpeted gallaried landing and with a ceramic tiled floor downstairs, it sets the tone for the rest of the house. In total, the property amounts to a significant 3,500 square feet, making full use of the large site without taking anything away from the rich green surroundings.

Listed for offers around £485,000, Ashley Black of the estate agents for the property Templeton Robinson said: “This is an exceptionally well presented home set on a mature secluded site.”

Mr Black added: “It will have reaching appeal to buyers wishing to be close to the A1 and the leading schools in Banbridge.”

You could be forgiven for thinking the house itself had been there for years instead of a decade and a half, nestled behind several well-placed trees and built in a sympathetic manner to the countryside around it.

In total there are four large bedrooms and four reception rooms offering both the comfort and space which is a must-have for any modern family in today’s competitive property market where homes like this are in high demand. This house would be perfect for a family hoping to put down roots in a rural location which is nevertheless well connected to local amenities and nearby conveniences offered in towns in the area.

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Limestone and marble fireplaces feature in both a generous formal dining room, tastefully decorated in earthy tones with heavy drapes, and a large and cosy sunroom where the owners have used muted colours to create a peaceful space that will be one of the big draws of the house itself, complete with woodburning stove.

There’s also a rear formal lounge and a front family or TV room with recessed spot lighting, leaving nothing to be desired in terms of the number of rooms available. Follow through to the ample kitchen, which has a ceramic tiled floor to complement a similar style in the utility room, a must-have in terms of modern conveniences.

Bright and airy, there are also solid country-style wood fittings with a range of units along with a centre island, all of which feature granite worktops. Complete with space for a casual dining table, there’s even an attractive built-in seat next to one of the Georgian-style windows, adding a touch of extra charm to the room itself.

There’s space for a large gas range with an extractor, a double Belfast sink with a mixer tap and integrated appliances and TV point.

French doors lead you out to the rear decking and beyond to approximately 2.2 acres of mature garden in which to enjoy the evening sun on an elevated seating area perfectly positioned to do so.

One of the big draws of the house, the garden itself has nature areas, sheltered seating and other elevated positions to give views of the open countryside and mature woodlands, to which you can also gain access from a large set of French doors from one of the family rooms at the back of the house.

Upstairs via the gallaried staircase and landing are the four double bedrooms, the master accompanied by a dressing area and ensuite shower room with two sinks perfect for a couple. For those with younger members of the family in mind, the current set-up of two of the bedrooms gives a great idea of what can be done with each space, allowing plenty of light and space for growing children. There’s also a well-sized family bathroom with a freestanding bath and floor mounted taps and a shower attachment.

There’s an added attraction to the house in a detached single garage with an exterior appearance very similar to the house itself as is more common in rural areas.

It’s equipped with power, light and a roller shutter door. It’s a space perfect for a garden room, home gym or office space, offering the opportunity to work or work-out from home in this countryside setting just a short drive away from the A1 dual carriageway.

Locally, the house is in close proximity to Banbridge itself and Dromore as well as their leading schools, with local bus connections nearby offering convenient transport options.

The house is listed with Templeton Robinson and can be found by searching ‘28 Shanrod Road’

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