Watch: Video tour of 18th century country manor in Comber, Co Down
Enjoy the prestige of country manor style living in this beautiful 18th century mansion in North Down. Stephanie Bell reports...
You can be Lord or Lady of your own majestic manor house as one of the country's most impressive historic homes comes onto the market.
Maxwell Court is an elegant pile dating back to the 1700s which offers complete privacy set within six acres of mature gardens.
Originally built for the Cairns family in Comber the property once had a working corn mill in the grounds.
The five-bay two storey central block is original but the addition of in the 19th century of a gabled centrepiece, dormers in the roof and long single storey wings with bay windows have given it an overall Victorian appearance.
It is an extensive home which retains much of its original detailing and fine craftsmanship throughout its vast interior.
The accommodation is set over three floors and there is everything you need in terms of space for a family and visitors.
A wood panelled reception hall with cloakroom leads to a formal drawing room, morning room, formal dining room, living room, family room, country kitchen open to casual dining and rear cloakroom/utility/second kitchen.
There is also a rear return built in 1910 that includes an attractive panelled 'school room' overlooking the rear courtyard and patio area and additional accommodation, adaptable for a number of uses.
On the first floor, there are three spacious bedrooms including master suite with en suite and dressing room, plus two bathrooms.
There are 10 bedrooms in total, a luggage room and an attic room.
Outside, the grounds are in keeping with the size and prestige of the property with around two acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with rolling lawns, a summer house, greenhouse, orchard and vegetable garden. There is also a paddock and front field.
A courtyard houses an extensive range of outbuildings which subject to planning could be redeveloped for more accommodation, offices or even a leisure facility.
An entrance porch with quarry tiled floor, wood panelled walls and double hardwood doors leads into a beautiful hallway with original wood panelled walls giving it that country gentry feel.
As you tour the extensive living accommodation original features abound and in the grandeur of the morning room there is more of that beautiful wood panelling with built in cupboards, a fabulous original wood carved fireplace, tall dual windows with window seats and shutters and parquet flooring.
The drawing room has a huge bay window and another bay shaped floor to ceiling wall of glass with French doors opening onto the gardens.
There is more of that superb ornate detailed cornicing, a wonderful marble fireplace and solid strip wood flooring.
The dining room is another large space with an ornate marble fireplace and cornicing. It is finished with solid oak strip flooring and window shutters.
The kitchen is a welcoming, homely space fitted in country style hand painted solid wood units with a four oven oil fired Aga cooker and Belfast sink.
A lovely bay window with seat floods light to a spacious dining area. There is a pantry cupboard and a dishwasher and the room is finished with a rough cast ceramic stone floor and tongue and groove ceiling. Glazed double doors open to a lovely family room.
This cosy space has French doors opening onto the garden and another set of glazed double doors opening onto the hallway.
No grand country home is complete without a boot room to store your muddy outdoor clothes and this one has built in shelving and double doors leading to a patio.
There is a second kitchen or utility beside the dining room for easy entertaining with a door opening into a cold room or pantry.
The living room is also wood panelled with a beautiful high wood carved fireplace, parquet flooring and corniced ceiling.
The period beauty continues upstairs where on the landing you will find a lovely window seat to enjoy the views over the beautiful gardens.
The master bedroom also befits the property with an elegant carved wood fireplace and a carved four poster bed looks right at home here.
The en suite is luxurious with a feature vaulted ceiling and a claw and ball roll top bath, fully tiled shower cubicle with drench shower head and a Royal Doulton sink with granite top and splashback.
This leads through to dressing room with a feature bay window and vaulted ceiling.
Bedroom two also comes with a dressing room and a fireplace and there is an original fireplace in the third bedroom.
The bathrooms on this floor are modern but styled in keeping with the period beauty of the house.
Four of the remaining bedrooms have original fireplaces.
The school room is rather special with a beautiful carved fireplace with French pot bellied stove, part wood panelled walls and carved window seat plus original leaded glass window.
The gardens are inviting and offer space to walk, play, entertain and enjoy harvesting your own fruit and vegetables.
Mature plants and trees abound among paved pathways and a beautiful feature is an original Edwardian greenhouse with dining area and grape vines.