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Derry Farm in Portaferry is an exceptional original stone-built thatched home nestling in two acres of beautiful countryside


Derry Farm is a gem in rural Portaferry

Derry Farm is a gem in rural Portaferry

The cottage’s living room is full of character

The cottage’s living room is full of character

The view of open countryside is unspoilt

The view of open countryside is unspoilt


Derry Farm is a gem in rural Portaferry

Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is almost too good to be true — and we think potential homeowners are going to fall in love with this particular property.

Derry Farm, an exceptional original thatch stone-built cottage, dates back to the 1800s. It is situated in an idyllic and picturesque setting of approximately two acres in Portaferry.

With only a few thatched cottages still in existence, this really is a rare chance to enjoy such an unique property and the pastoral lifestyle that comes with it.

Meticulously presented throughout, this enchanting cottage is filled with old world character and charm, and with so many original period features, it will come as no surprise it has been featured in several home and country magazines.

The main cottage of 3 Ballyrusley Road overlooks the stunning gardens to the front, with a cobbled sun terrace to sit and admire the magnificent countryside views.

Picture the scene: it’s a rare, glorious summer’s day and you’re watching the sunset from your rural retreat. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

The ground floor is home to a well-sized living room and separate kitchen, which is decorated in a contemporary blue shade.

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Combining tradition with practicality, the kitchen can house a table and chair set comfortably for less formal family meals.

The addition of a drawing room is ideal for guests or parties, and is within easy access to the kitchen.

The cottage offers a laundry room and the addition of a downstairs bathroom.

Moving to the first floor, the master bedroom is well proportioned and will offer sensational views.

There are an additional two bedrooms, both of good size, as well as a designated storage area.

Make use of the cottage’s design and employ the sloped nooks for study areas or bookcases.

In fact, the sloped upstairs landing is ideal for showcasing the owner’s design aesthetic, plus there’s room for seating.

The family bathroom on this level contains a large modern shower and standalone bath, plus hanging space for towels, bathrobes etc.

Decorated in muted, sophisticated tones, it’s a great space upon which to put your décor stamp.

To the rear, the cottage overlooks the large courtyard with original stable blocks, with planning permission to be converted into a three-bedroom rental accommodation. It could easily be converted into a country retreat or creative studio.

In fact, a thriving holiday rental business is currently operating from a separate one bedroom annex at the property, which has produced an income for the current vendor, as well as an established bakery business that previously traded from the premises.

This makes 3 Ballyrusley Road a perfect opportunity for those looking to run a choice of successful businesses from the comfort of their own home. Talk about working from home in style…

The annexe is perfectly appointed with an open plan kitchen/lounge and bedroom, ideal for a guest or someone looking for a little peace and quiet in this unspoilt landscape.

With extensive views to the rear over magnificent open countryside, the property has the original well and stream running along to the bottom of the garden.

Part of the outdoor area has now been cultivated to grow local tea trees, as well as fruit and vegetables, something the new owner could continue.

There is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, from sailing on Strangford Lough, cycling, fishing, walking and birdwatching. And with the bustling market town of Newtownards only 20 minutes way, this really does present a unique opportunity for those looking for a change of pace and the lifestyle that comes with it.

Offers in the region of £750,000. For more information or to book a viewing, contact Carolyn Edgar Homes on 0745 4647 627 or email: info@carolynedgarhomes.com

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