Watch: Victorian splendour of converted Holywood railway station
This converted railway station in one of the province's top locations offers a unique and charming home. Stephanie Bell reports...
This beautiful former Victorian Railway Station enjoys the prestige of having been designed by famous architect Sir Charles Lanyon who is known for many local landmark buildings including Queen's University and The Linenhall Library.
Built around 1860, it fell into disrepair for many years before being lovingly converted into a unique home which has continued to evolve over the years into a stunning property.
The exterior is charming and once inside, the beautiful grandeur and bright open spaces will take your breath away.
Character abounds as you would expect and while there is definitely a feeling of splendour, it also has a welcoming, homely air.
A magnificent wrought iron staircase rises from a grand hallway to a first floor gallery landing with high ceiling and feature circular window, offering a pleasant space to sit and relax.
There are three bedrooms, including a luxury master suite, a study/gym, beautiful bathroom, large drawing room, downstairs cloakroom, dining room and spacious kitchen with French doors opening to a courtyard garden.
The location is where you will find some of Northern Ireland's finest and most exclusive homes.
The famous Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Ireland and is just down the road.
A picturesque coastal path is also accessible at the bottom of Station Road and for those who like to get out on the water; Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is also close by.
The nearby town of Holywood has charm of its own and is a great place for shopping or socialising, while both Belfast and Bangor are within easy reach.
The house itself is like no other and you've just to step into its grand reception hall to be swept away by what's on offer.
A Herringbone solid wooden parquet floor, cornice ceiling and ceiling rose combined with the magnificent sweeping staircase make this an elegant and inviting space.
There is also a relaxed elegant feel in the lounge where pride of place is given to a beautiful antique marble fireplace with multi fuel stove. Steps lead to a bright and spacious dining room from where a glazed door opens into a fantastic kitchen.
The kitchen opens at one end onto a glazed conversatorary dining area.
The units are in limed oak with open shelving and glazed cabinets and an exposed brick wall and terracotta tiled floor add a rustic feel to this lovely room.
It comes with an eye level double oven and integrated fridge/freezer.
From the dining area French doors open to a patio and the gardens.
Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom with WC.
Up the wonderful sweeping staircase and character abounds on the gallery landing where there is a wonderful ceiling rose, arched windows and feature arched recess leading to a large linen cupboard.
The master bedroom also features arched windows and comes with a dressing room also with arched windows and two arches leading up to a decadent en suite.
This indulgent space is kitted out in marble with marble flooring, a vanity unit with marble top and has a large fully tiled shower, plus a lovely pitched pine tongue and groove roof with glazed skylight.
The second bedroom is fitted with wardrobes, a ceiling rose and two arches windows and the third bedroom is currently being used as an office and also has a centre ceiling rose and arched window.
There is also a study on the first floor with pitched ceiling and double glazed skylight and a door which opens to a terrace.
Outside the property has much to offer with mature, private, pretty gardens featuring pathways, lots of creepers, flowers and shrubs.
There is a door to an enclosed courtyard garden with a paved patio and attractive planting and steps at the side of the house lead up to the old platform at the back which is enclosed.