Belfast Telegraph

Doll's house has very own estate agent’s brochure

By Stephanie Bell

Could this be Northern Ireland's House of the Year? The sales brochure has billed it as "priceless" and even though its size can be measured in mere inches rather than feet, the design and detail of this one-off Colonial style property puts it in a league of its own.

In what is a first for estate agent Templeton Robinson, the sales team has devoted a new full-colour professional brochure to showcasing its very first doll's house.

The intricate masterpiece has been a year under construction and has been lovingly hand-crafted by Drumbo grandfather Terry Monroe for his granddaughter Libby.

Her mum Lisa Nesbitt, who works in Templeton Robinson's Ballyhackamore office, couldn't wait to show her colleagues the unique house. The team was so impressed that they couldn't resist showcasing it in one of their brochures.

Some of the fine detail painstakingly created by Terry is featured in the brochure, including the "mahogany front door with leaded glass panels and balcony above" and the drawing room with "bay window, Beech wood strip floor, marble Adams style fireplace with cast iron wood burning stove and marble hearth".

Terry (78), a retired company director, has three grandsons but only one granddaughter, 10-year-old Libby. The keen model boat maker said creating his masterpiece took him many hours over the past year. But he added: "It is not hard to do something when you enjoy it and you are doing it for someone you love and I love my granddaughter and so it was a labour of love.

"I could describe her as a co-builder as I included her in all the decorations and she chose the colours and the wallpapers and the carpets and all the decorations."

Templeton Robinson director Neil Templeton said: "While it's not often we market a house with dimensions as 'cosy' as these, we had a lot of fun putting the brochure together and it's something that Libby can look back on when she's a big girl."

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