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£470k for Northern Ireland home with own ancient monument on doorstep

The property in Islandmagee boasts a Neolithic monument
The property in Islandmagee boasts a Neolithic monument
A plaque explaining the site
The entrance hall
A reception room
One of the five bedrooms

By Gillian Halliday

A unique Co Antrim house that boasts a Bronze Age monument at its front door has gone on the market for almost £470,000.

Druids Altar, a Grade II listed building in Islandmagee dating to 1840, is named after the four-stone dolmen that stands in front of the detached property.

The single-chambered megalithic tomb dates to between 2,000BC and 1,500BC, when the first farming communities were being established throughout the area.

Located off Ballylumford Road, the five-bedroom property, which is filled with 1800s interior accents throughout, comprises two reception rooms on the ground floor boasting period fireplace features, along with a "well-appointed" kitchen that still retains its 19th century servant calling system.

Other original features include a servants' stairway.

On the ground floor there is a connecting door to the annex, which provides an additional reception room with brick fireplace, a large sun room with sea views, kitchen, bathroom, two additional bedrooms and a study, which can be accessed by an ornate cast iron spiral staircase.

Within the scenic grounds there are a range of outbuildings which could provide prospective buyers with additional living space.

The large and mature gardens are enhanced by patios, pond and barbecue areas - ideal spots to relax and entertain in warm summer weather.

Guests and visitors get a taste of the prehistoric surprise that awaits on approach to the property, which bears a plaque on its entrance gate pillar that gives a description of its rather special 'garden feature'. "Despite (its) popular name, there is so far no proof of association with Druids," part of the inscription on the information plaque reads.

A truly one-off home, that provides a tantalising link to humanity's early past, Druids Altar is listed for offers around £469,000.

Estate agent Hunter Campbell in Larne is anticipating huge interest in the house given its unique features.

It is urging prospective buyers to view the property as soon as possible.

Further details of the Druids Altar listing can be viewed via

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