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Property of the Week - Palatine House, 6 The Square, Killough, Co Down

By Stephanie Bell

This quaint listed Georgian house is typical of the fine historic buildings for which the beautiful village of Killough is renowned.

The village was established by Lord Bangor of Castle Ward as a port in the early 1800s and has a wide main street and harbour area where The Rope Walk takes you along the shore to a bay looking across to Coney Island.

In recent years many buildings in the village have been sympathetically renovated including Palatine House which sits in The Square in the heart of the village.

This handsome house sits back from the tree lined square enjoying views which take in the lovely parish church and the sea.

While the location offers the peace of village life there are plenty of options for those seeking adventure as the area is within easy reach of Strangford Lough, Tyrella Beach and the Mourne Mountains.

Inside original character can be found in every room with shuttered sliding sash windows, cornicing, period fireplaces and stripped floorboards.

There is a drawing room, dining room, country style kitchen, first floor living room, study area, family bathroom, shower room and four bedrooms.

Renovations which were carried out in the late 1990s included complete rewiring, replumbing, timber treatment, damp proofing and the installation of a new concrete sub floor on the ground floor.

Planning permission has been granted for a two storey extension at the back of the property offering new owners the chance to make the property their own.

Panelled double entrance doors lead into an enclosed porch with original tiled floor which in turn opens to the bright hallway with maple flooring, corniced ceiling and feature arched window.

A cosy living room is styled around an attractive painted wooden fireplace with open fire, maple flooring and original window shutters. These period features continue in the formal dining room.

The kitchen has a warm, country cottage feel fitted with hand crafted units, a Belfast sink, basket drawers and a Paul Bocuse range style cooker with split gas and electric hob. There is an integrated Zanussi dishwasher and Fired Earth rustic wall and floor tiling.

A separate utility room also has painted built-in cupboards including a large larder cupboard and Fired Earth tiling. A door from here leads to a lovely rear terrace and the back gardens.

Upstairs and a spacious landing lends itself to a calm reading area complete with shelving to house your favourite books.

There is family room with views over the front garden and The Square which has been finished with a sanded original Canadian hardwood floor and more original window shutters, plus a lovely decorative arch.

Also on this floor is the first bedroom which again is full of original charm and a stunning family bathroom which features a freestanding claw foot bath as well as a corner shower enclosure, all complimented by original Canadian hardwood flooring and window shutters.

On the second floor there are three more bedrooms all with window shutters and stripped Canadian hardwood floors and two with built-in wardrobes. Bedroom four enjoys great views out to sea.

This floor is served by a modern shower room with a Novellini multi-function shower with jet and steam features.

The outside of the property is also a delight.

Large mature gardens at the front add privacy while at the back there is another spacious garden with a terrace, decked patio and lawns. There are fruit trees and a good vegetable patch, plus a garden shed.

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