Video tour of elegant Newry manor house with magical gardens
A fine country residence surrounded by magical gardens. Stephanie Bell reports...
Kilbodagh is an attractive and substantial Grade B1 listed manor house which sits on an extensive elevated site of around 2.8 acres of beautiful mature gardens.
It is approached by a sweeping gravel driveway with expansive lawns and mature flowerbeds and trees, some of which were planted 150 years ago.
The wonderful grounds offer space for kids to play and explore hidden pathways which lead through the trees.
This is a garden you could easily lose yourself in and recharge or if you prefer to keep busy there is an organic vegetable patch and greenhouse.
The house comes with a range of well-maintained outbuildings which could be put to a variety of uses such as a playroom, home office or possible conversion to separate accommodation subject to planning approval.
There is also a tarmac surfaced tennis court at the side of the property.
If the beautiful outdoors hasn't won you over then the main house itself can't fail to impress.
It offers just over 6,000sq ft of charming period style accommodation which has been well maintained with seven bedrooms and four elegant reception rooms.
The property dates back to the 1850s and has had substantial updates carried out in recent years including being re-roofed and insulation of both the house and most of the outbuildings.
The ivy clad facade with its Georgian style windows hints at a handsome home for a well-to-do family in bygone times and today's buyers will find the interior just as appealing.
You step into the entrance hall where period features abound with a decorative archway, solid wood strip flooring and coving.
Coving and large picture windows are the characteristics of the main reception rooms.
A bright formal dining room opens into a large bay with window shutters. There is also a solid oak fireplace in here and solid timber flooring plus a lovely ceiling rose.
The drawing room has the same large bay windows with original shutters as well as French doors opening to the garden. This elegant room also has coving and a solid timber floor and a gorgeous marble fireplace.
There is a cosy sitting room which is carpeted and has a wood burning stove set in a marble fireplace and built in bookcases. A door opens to the gardens.
A carpeted study is also a cosy retreat, fitted with bookcases and has TV and telephone points.
Unusually there is another multi fuel stove in a side hallway off which is a downstairs cloakroom with WC.
The kitchen is a quaint family space fitted with cream units and an oil fired Aga cooker.
An old ceiling clothes airer harks back to the origins of the house and there is a full range of appliances including an integrated dishwasher, fridge, single oven and four ring gas hob.
Adding extra charm is a dresser unit and built in bookcase and there is a walk in pantry with shelving.
Off the kitchen is a utility room with a range of shelving and a Belfast sink and there is a back hallway with storage.
A wooden staircase leads to the landing which also has decorative ceiling coving and windows with shutters.
The master bedroom comes with its own walk in dressing room and most of the bedrooms have wardrobes and two have their own wash hand basins.
There is a lovely family bathroom with half timber wall panelling and bath with shower over it and a bidet, plus a shower room with power shower and another bidet.
As mentioned before the gardens are a delight and to the rear there is a large courtyard housing the outbuildings.
Lawns surround the house and as well as the vegetable patch there are fruit trees and a greenhouse, plus a raised terrace for relaxing and entertaining.