Through the keyhole: Victorian beauty in Belfast's Ardenlee Avenue
Prepare to be dazzled by the exceptional finishes, spectacular styling and wonderful features which make up this rather special Belfast home... Stephanie Bell reports
Whether it's the impressive double height ceiling in the gorgeously styled family room or the charming stained glass window in the master en suite, everywhere you turn fine features, rich finishes and great taste greet you.
Built around 1900 this handsome Victorian detached family home has been fully renovated over the past 10 years with an obvious eye for detail as well as energy conservation and not a single inch has been overlooked with even the attic rooms transformed.
It sits at the Ravenhill Road end of Ardenlee Avenue and is a spacious as well as exceptionally beautiful family home.
The location offers easy access to Belfast city centre (approximately 1.5 miles), Belfast City Airport (approximately 2.5 miles), the motorway and many main road networks as well as a good selection of popular local schools.
The extensive accommodation on the ground floor includes a drawing room, study, dining room, kitchen open to a family area and a utility room with adjoining WC.
Upstairs there is a family bathroom, four well-proportioned bedrooms (master and bedroom two with excellent en suite facilities) and from the first floor landing a staircase leading to an upper level/roof space area with four rooms all with building control approval as roof space storage rooms.
Beautiful wooden framed double glazed sash windows have recently been installed and the gas fired central heating comes with high specification zoned heating controls for radiators and hot water.
High specification insulation both in the exterior walls and ground level flooring have increased the Energy Performance rating in the property to an impressive level.
An enclosed entrance porch with cornice ceiling and stained leaded glass door opens onto a lovely reception hall.
The history of the house is apparent here in the ornate cornicing and the room is finished with a ceramic floor and lovely stained glass and wooden double doors open onto a gracious drawing room.
Unique original corniced plaster work and a picture rail plus large bay window help create a space of period beauty which is perfectly paired with a stunning marble fireplace.
A superb study/library has been created with extensive mahogany shelving and storage cupboards perfect for a home office and again with many original features such as picture rail, cornicing and another bay window.
The exquisite taste and finishes in the kitchen/family room have added an extra dimension to the overall beauty of this incredible home.
The kitchen units make a feature in themselves with a row of display units on one wall and a curved island unit and breakfast bar naturally dividing the room from the living area.
There is an integrated Smeg gas range with six rings and double oven and all is finished with rich polished granite work surfaces.
Solid walnut wooden flooring runs throughout the living dining area - a vast space made even more spectacular by the double height ceiling, a wall of glass and a sleek raised ledge which runs the length of the room and houses a multi fuel stove.
Double French doors open on to the garden.
There is also an elegant dining room with cornice ceiling, original fireplace, bay window and solid wooden floor.
The utility room is fitted with units topped with polished granite and a Belfast sink.
Upstairs and the bathroom is a quirky space on two levels with a roll top cast iron free standing bath and a pedestal wash hand basin on one level, with wooden stairs leading up to a high flush WC.
A lovely master bedroom is fitted with bespoke double height built-in mahogany robes and usually in the en suite there are gorgeous feature stained glass and leaded double doors opening onto a balcony.
All of the bedrooms are tastefully decorated and a second comes with en suite.
The roof space has been nicely converted into four rooms with storage eaves and Velux windows.
Outside and you have really pretty and spacious private gardens to the back with a driveway and garage at the front.
Two paved patios at the back are south facing.
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