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Video: Inside stunning Ashleigh Manor in the shadow of Mourne Mountains

by Stephanie Bell

Step back into some stylish period living in Co Down … Stephanie Bell reports

An immaculate restoration has returned this grand old manor house back to the standard you would have expected when the very first owners stepped over its threshold back in 1840.

Well chosen elegant decor and furnishings enhance the original period features while luxury up-to-date touches such as Beam Central Vacuum, a quality hand painted kitchen and top-of-the-range sanitary ware make it a home for the modern family.

The original period beauty is everywhere and Ashleigh Manor also offers all the space you would need with five reception rooms, a games room and attic playroom plus five bedrooms.

The current owners, who are downsizing, say of it: "We have enjoyed living at Ashleigh Manor for the past 12 years. It is a lovely home which has all the charm and history that only a property of this era can offer. We renovated the house in 2003 and were careful not to spoil the style and grandeur its listed status commands.

"Now it is time for us to move on to something smaller. It will be very difficult to leave the house behind, but we hope the new owners will gain as much enjoyment from the house as our family has in the past."

Electric, wrought iron gates open onto a sweeping driveway which cuts through immaculate mature grounds to the elegant property.

The house itself sits proud among mature trees overlooking a quaint stone wall and steps which lead down to an extensive lawn.

The grounds are magnificent with rolling lawns, flowerbeds, sandstone patios, a walled courtyard and an ornamental pond. There are former stables which are currently being used as stores and the rear yard has a standing for a horse box if anyone cares to reinstate the stables.

There is also a garage with electric roller door plus a workshop or tool store.

You enter the main house through a solid front door which opens first into a quaint porch with solid pine flooring and then into an elegant reception hall through a glazed door with side panels.

Wood panelling, cornicing and a solid pine floor give the hall beautiful period character.

In the drawing room an attractive fireplace with polished marble heath and multi-fuel stove takes centre stage but features abound here with intricate cornicing, three Georgian-paned windows with storm shutters, a fitted display cabinet and solid pine flooring.

There is a lovely formal dining room with another period cast iron ribbed fireplace and solid pine floor. Double doors open to a garden patio.

The extensive ground floor also houses a study and a cosy library with fitted bookcases, part panelled walls and a cast iron fireplace.

The focal point for family living is the spacious open plan kitchen/dining/living room. This magnificent space oozes style and quality. The kitchen area is fitted out with beautiful solid wood hand painted units with polished granite worktops -a perfect fit for this period home.

An Ilve Majestic range cooker is set in a tiled recess with mantel shelf and there is a superb island unit with inset food preparation stainless steel sink area. The kitchen also comes with a Miele dishwasher, microwave and coffee machine.

A tiled floor runs throughout the large dining area and a cosy living area where glazed double doors open onto a patio.

Also on the ground floor there is a well fitted utility room and a shower room with painted part panelled walls.

An original wooden spindle staircase leads to the first floor where again there is extensive accommodation.

Three of the five gorgeously styled bedrooms benefit from having a modern en suite and there is a decadent family bathroom with huge Jacuzzi bath.

The master is an elegant space with part wood panelled walls and a walk in dressing room plus en suite complete with large shower cubicle with body jets.

There is also the added bonus of a games room with billiard centre light and more part panelled walls, plus a large attic playroom.

This very beautiful and prestigious home also enjoys a first class location convenient to Newcastle, Royal County Down Golf Club, Tullymore Forest Park and, of course, the majestic Mourne Mountains.


Property of the Week: Ashleigh Manor, 85 Bryansford Road, Newcastle

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