Video tour of Woodman's cottage in Seaforde stone mill property
Starting life as a stone mill this unique property will wow you with its charming contemporary interior. Stephanie Bell reports...
The charm of a bygone era and the best in modern architectural interior design combine to create this beautiful bespoke home.
Even the name - the Woodman's Cottage - evokes a certain amount of character and charm and this house has both in buckets.
It is a truly warm and stylish cottage which is respectful of its origins as an old mill while contemporary finishes give it modern appeal.
It is part of a unique development of seven homes created in 2008 from the conversion of an old stone mill right on the edge of Seaforde Demesne.
This outstanding complex of high quality properties has been designed with flair and finished to a high specification and include the Groom's, Footman's, Woodsman's and Millar's Cottages backing onto a central courtyard.
This fantastic location enjoys magnificent views over the County Down countryside.
With the original stone forming a huge part of the interior design, the house beautifully combines the old with modern luxury living.
On the ground floor there is an entrance porch, entrance hall with cloakroom facilities, bright living room through to a beautiful kitchen/dining area, utility room and a bedroom with en suite.
On the first floor there is a large landing area and two bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms and a potential fourth bedroom or dressing room.
Outside, the central courtyard serves four properties and it is looked after by a management company.
There is also a private garden belonging to the property and a gravelled area to the front with plenty of room for parking and turning.
The location is just 10 minutes from the seaside town of Newcastle and 35 minutes from Belfast.
You step through the door into a porch which leads to an enchanting entrance hall.
A beautiful natural pine staircase is a feature here and the eye is also drawn to a curved full length window and glass door set in the original stone wall which leads out to the courtyard.
This bright space is finished with solid wood strip flooring and offers great storage under the stairs.
The ground floor bedroom enjoys a lovely aspect looking out over the courtyard and has its own glazed door leading outside.
This room is finished with wooden flooring and the en suite is modern with a tiled shower.
The extensive ground floor also includes a WC and a utility room with a range of units and plumbing for a washing machine and there is space for a tumble dryer.
In the living room, the exposed original stone walls create cosiness and blend perfectly with a feature fireplace in brick and solid wooden flooring. Another large curved window and glazed door leads to the courtyard from the lounge.
The kitchen/dining room is ultra modern with dark wood units and another beautiful natural stone wall.
There is an integrated dishwasher, space for an Aga range and plumbing for an American fridge/freezer.
Upstairs and the landing is finished with solid wooden flooring and kept bright with a Velux window.
Velux windows also brighten the two bedrooms and en suites which also benefit from the charming exposed natural stone exterior walls.
The master bedroom comes with a superb en suite bathroom with panelled bath and overhead shower. There is a fourth bedroom or dressing room which also has a Velux window.
Outside a front stoned driveway with ample parking is to the front and there is a garden laid in lawn. There is also a store and a large communal courtyard.