Video: Striking family home that puts you on top of the world
Property of the week: Scrabo Lodge, 179-181 Scrabo Road, Newtownards
With a vantage point that makes you feel like you are sitting on top of the world, this striking family home scores top marks for location.
Set against a backdrop of Scrabo Tower from its elevated and extensive position, you enjoy spectacular views across Newtownards to Strangford Lough.
It is an imposing house which is much admired in the area and inside was clearly designed for comfortable family living and built to an exceptional standard just six years ago.
A sprawling property, it towers above you as you enter its electric gates and make your way up the sweeping drive past extensive immaculate lawns.
Inside is a bright, well designed property with lots of unique features and space galore for a family to spread out and feel at home.
A major plus is a detached purpose-built office or live-in relatives' accommodation complete with bathroom and kitchen.
Located within an area of outstanding natural beauty the surroundings are idyllic. Mature front, side and rear gardens provide the ideal space for children at play while a private patio, extensive decking with a hot tub and raised balcony terrace make the outdoors a real pleasure.
There are five bedrooms, two with en suite, and the guest bedroom opens to the raised balcony terrace.
Living accommodation includes a drawing room, dining room or sun room, and large bespoke hand-painted kitchen/living/dining room.
A lovely sun porch opens on to the reception hall, a luxurious introduction to the house with ceramic floor, cornicing and glazed double doors opening to the drawing room.
There is a well-equipped utility room and ground floor WC just off the hallway.
The bright, modern drawing room has a warm solid oak floor and a huge bay window with views across Newtownards to Strangford Lough. The focal point is a gorgeous marble fireplace.
Another set of double glazed doors opens to the showcase kitchen. The bespoke hand painted units are topped with granite and come with all the appliances you would need including a Neff four-ring ceramic hob, double oven, dishwasher, American fridge freezer and island unit.
There is a built-in breakfast/snack bar for casual dining and this wonderful space extends to a living area with Italian marble fireplace with cast iron stove and French doors opening a rear patio.
A pleasant surprise off the kitchen is a bright sun room which could also be used for formal dining.
Another beautifully tiled floor with inset border detail adds a touch of style and there is an ornate ceiling rose and more wonderful views.
Double glazed doors - a great feature throughout the downstairs - open on to an entertainment patio.
Beautiful modern bedrooms and spa-like designer bathrooms greet you upstairs.
The bathrooms have been given special attention with sleek feature tiling and top of the range sanitary ware.
The main bathroom is pure luxury with walnut cabinets and shelving set against feature tiled walls and, as well as a panelled bath, there is a walk-in shower with drencher unit.
The master bedroom en suite is another showhouse-style room with built in high gloss cabinets and display shelving with floating twin sinks units and illuminated mirrors.
Oak laminate flooring gives the bedrooms a clean finish and bedroom four with its French doors and access to a decked terrace with glass balcony makes this a luxury room to host guests. There is a fifth bedroom currently serving as an office.
Outside the property is magnificent with huge gardens to the front and the back designed for outdoor living with lots of planting, enclosed patio areas with views across to Scrabo Tower and a luxurious deck with hot tub.
The is a large gazebo and garden sheds to store all your summer furniture.
The detached office is a real bonus as it has been purpose built with insulation, heating and electric, finished with oak laminate flooring and a fully fitted bathroom and kitchen. French doors open to the garden.
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