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Old School Chic

by Stephanie Bell

Where the old meets the new. Stephanie Bell takes a lesson in luxury amid the perfect harmony of Comber's Mill Village

Elegant and sophisticated -this chic apartment is typical of the luxury standards and style for which the multi-million pound award-winning Mill Village development in Comber is renowned.

The unique architectural design, which brings out the beauty of the heritage of the original building, is the key to the unusual and very striking interior of Number 4 The School House.

The address also reflects the origins of the building which once served the mill workers children.

A second-floor apartment, it provides generous accommodation and among its lovely features is a glass atrium and a balcony viewing area.

The interior offers generous space with an entrance hall, WC, a spectacular open plan kitchen/living/dining room and two bedrooms with luxury en suites.

The apartment is set in the Mill Village which offer residents an almost cocooned environment, complimenting what Built Heritage has described as "one of the best preserved 19th century Irish manufacturing facilities".

The Old Mill Pond and canals have been revitalised and both the lake and its fully replanted banks teem with wildlife.

Mature landscaped grounds surround the original Mill Stream as it meanders through attractive communal piazza areas towards a tranquil private lake.

For generations the chimney of the old Linen Mill has stood guard over Comber. Once recognised as an important centre for the linen industry, the mill with its striking Victorian buildings gave the town much of its character, and was a catalyst for its development.

Although the buildings were officially 'listed' and their architectural importance recognised, when the mill fell silent in 1997, there was a fear that, without a new 21st century champion, the mill would fall into disrepair.

Today however the mill is again a thriving focus for the town, a focus for regeneration and an asset.

Mill Village has created a stunning variety of new luxury homes on the 10-acre town centre site, uniting the glories of the original Mill Buildings with edgy contemporary design. The result - an award-winning portfolio of original homes. The developer has set about creating something different and unique at Mill Village.

The inspiration for the development was drawn from the original Victorian Linen Mill buildings which have been painstakingly preserved.

That original vision was for a development which would, from the outset, look and feel 'established'. The layout echoed Comber town centre, with common courtyard spaces, creating a warm feeling of community, while roads and car parking have been carefully managed to maintain the 'Village' atmosphere.

An infinity pool is set under the original brick vaulted ceilings with views onto landscaped paved courtyards through imposing arched windows and there are quiet spaces to reflect in plus a fully equipped gym. This really is contemporary luxury living with a wonderful nod to the past.

In Number 4 The Old School House a spacious entrance hall with solid wood floor leads to the living/dining and kitchen area.

A pitch pine ceiling and cornicing give this open plan space immediate style and the room opens to a south facing balcony.

The high gloss Nolte kitchen features a range of built-in luxury appliances and an island unit with integrated four ring gas hob with extractor.

The spacious master bedroom has access to a roof space and comes with a luxury bathroom with a Villeroy & Boch suite and heated tiled floor. The second bedroom is a good double and comes with another spa like en suite.

Outside there is a storage room which is a real bonus for an apartment.


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