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Video: Tour of elegant town house in Helen's Bay

This elegant historic town house has been given a first class remodel and boasts many fine period features. Stephanie Bell reports...

This elegant town house will wow viewers with its wonderful finishes and large, bright, open rooms.

Dating back to the 1890s, Bennett House has recently been remodelled and the work has been carried out to enhance the beauty of the original architecture.

There is a real feeling of grandeur throughout every well finished room and space abounds with four bedrooms, a study and three reception rooms.

Reclaimed Victorian artefacts such as historic cabinetry, a magnificent marble Irish fireplace, Chalon hand crafted kitchen and ornate ceiling cornices add character and grandeur.

The house has also been completely rewired and had new double glazed sliding sash windows installed as well as underfloor heating.

Two luxury en suite shower rooms have also been installed with period sanitary ware and feature tiling in keeping with the stylish period theme.

The house also enjoys a first class location on a secluded elevated site just off Kathleen Avenue in Helen's Bay with views to Belfast Lough, the Irish Sea and Scotland.

Helen's Bay is one of North Down's premier coastal locations and this prime property is well located within walking distance of the local golf club, tennis courts and delightful walks through the country park to the North Down coastal path.

The house is entered via a hardwood period style front door with double glazed arched top light.

It leads into a spacious reception hall which immediately sets the tone for the detail and high spec to be found throughout this handsome home.

Finished with a ceramic tiled floor and cornice ceiling, pride of place is given to a gorgeous Irish marble fireplace with cast iron inset. The staircase too is impressive with hardwood treads and a carved polished newel post.

There is a WC with vanity unit just off the hallway and a huge 'boot room' or utility fitted out with an extensive range of units and plumbed for a washing machine.

The massive kitchen is a real stunner.

Accessed via a large arch from the drawing room, it is fitted with handcrafted in-frame hand painted units with timber work surfaces.

Wood panelled walls add a sense of stateliness and there is an island unit and more than enough room for a large dining table.

The kitchen is fitted with a ceramic twin sink unit with antique style mixer taps and features quaint built-in glazed display cabinets.

There is a cream gas fired Aga with a feature canopy, surrounded with a slate work surface.

You also get an integrated Miele dishwasher and larder fridge.

Other period features include a cornice ceiling, reclaimed pendant lighting and sliding sash windows.

The elegant drawing room/dining room also enjoys generous space which is beautifully lit with a bank of windows which offer views over Belfast Lough.

Ceramic flooring, cornice ceiling and a stone period fireplace all hark back to the origins of the house.

Upstairs all of the bedrooms have a fresh, modern feel and again there is lots of space.

The master benefits from views across the sea and comes with a stunning new en suite shower room with Victorian style suite and double built in shower with drencher.

Bedroom two has dual aspect windows, a walk in wardrobe and also comes with a top notch en suite shower room.

The family bathroom has an opulent finish with marble style half tiled walls, a free standing roll top bath, heated Victorian towel rail and built in shower.

Bedroom five is currently being used as a study and offers beautiful sea views.

Outside there is a rear communal courtyard and a large private south facing front garden mostly in lawn. The driveway is also communal and there is private parking to the front.

For the full listing visit www.propertynews.com.

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