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A recent restoration project has brought this historic Tyrone home and large estate to its former glory. Stephanie Bell reports...

The magnificent Erganagh Estate stands proud among eight acres of private grounds in one of the most scenic parts of Northern Ireland.

The house, located at the Foothills of the Sperrins in an area of outstanding natural beauty also comes with a gate lodge, gardener's cottage, and numerous outbuildings.

Spread over three floors comprising 7,500 sq ft, the house which dates back to 1780 has recently been restored to its former glory with many original features preserved.

There are five bedrooms and three reception rooms plus a basement which includes a traditional kitchen, bathroom, wine cellar and three additional large rooms.

A former rectory, Erganagh House was also home to the late Irish landscape artist John Wright, who lived there as a boy.

Ursula Mayers of Mayers Real Estate said Usural says: "During the restoration of the master bedroom the wallpaper was removed to reveal the signature he had written on the wall when he was a child.

"Wright was a frequent visitor to the house before and during the restoration, and some of his paintings are currently displayed there."

During the Second World War, the main house was used as a base by the US Army, becoming home to the Military Police Platoon and 34th Signal Company of the 34th Infantry Division, who constructed a trench around the site.

Today, Erganagh House is accessed along a private lane and boasts spectacular mature lawns and a walled garden.

Situated in perfect seclusion just three miles from Omagh, in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Gortin Glen Forest, it's ideally placed for golf and fishing enthusiasts. The area also offers a variety of hill walking and forest trails, and a network of cycle paths.

The owners have taken great care in completing a thorough and complete restoration of the historic property.

Artefacts can still be observed on the grounds of the property and there are photographs showing the families who lived there and the servants who worked in Erganagh House many years ago.

The ground floor comprises of four large rooms including a library /dining room, a drawing room and a sitting room which have been decorated in period style with embroidered curtains, glided mirrors and furniture of the era. The rooms are warm and inviting with beautiful views from every window.

You enter into a large entrance hallway with marble fireplace and cast iron wood burning stove. This room boasts the original polished floor and the ornate cornicing has been fully restored.

The kitchen is spacious and modern with cream units, a Belfast sink and range cooker. A dining area sits beside a large Georgian window.

Each of the main reception rooms reflects the grandeur of the original house with cornicing and ceiling roses plus oak flooring.

There are beautiful marble fireplaces in the living room, drawing room and dining room, with a cast iron wood burning stove in the drawing room.

All six bedrooms will also charm with their smart presentation and original wooden floors and marble fireplaces which are fully functional. The bedrooms all come with modern en suite shower rooms.

There is a huge family bathroom where pride of place is given to a free standing ball and claw foot roll top bath which sits in the centre of the room. This too has a restored and functional marble fireplace and you can just imagine the decadence of bathing in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter's night.

The basement offers a multitude of additional accommodation.

There is a laundry room with traditional clothes drying pulley and a basement kitchen with stone oven and open fire. A second basement bathroom features a shower and a traditional stone bath and there is also a games room and two further bedrooms, plus a wine cellar on this level.

Outside there are two additional properties, the Gate Lodge and the Gardeners Cottage and of course acres of land.

The walled garden is particularly special and the sprawling lawns are what you would expect from a home of this era.

For the full listing, visit www.propertynews.com.

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