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Family's new home by the seaside makes for a truly arresting sight

By Stephanie Bell

This is the old Donagahadee Police Station, which is now completely unrecognisable after a radical transformation into an elegant and luxurious family home.

Once home to local police officers, it is now the home of a businessman and his family who snapped it up even before it was launched onto the open market.

Believed to have fetched more than its £325,000 asking price, the historic property has taken 12 months to transform into a modern home with four bedrooms, two reception rooms and three bathrooms.

Sold at auction in 2015, it was bought by a local company who completely gutted the original building, which consisted of a holding cell, canteen, interview rooms and inquiry desk.

The gated property sits on the Millisle Road, Donaghadee. The keys were handed over to its new owners yesterday. The luxurious 2,755 sq ft of accommodation is set over two floors and includes four bedrooms, a study or fifth bedroom, two reception rooms, a large open plan kitchen/dining room, utility room, downstairs WC and family bathroom.

Two of the main bedrooms have access to both a dressing room and en suite shower room.

Outside there are lawned gardens to the front and back and a large driveway with parking.

Michael Rushe of Independent Property Estates, who was in charge of the sale of the property, says: "What an amazing transformation of the Old Police Station in Donaghadee.

"Following a complete renovation and refurbishment by the current owners, who acquired the property some time ago, we are delighted to provide an exclusive insight as to what has been going on inside over the last 12 months.

"Needless to say, there has been amazing interest in the property which has now been sold.

"Congratulations to everyone involved but especially to the lucky new owners - who will enjoy not only this amazing home in Donaghadee, but also a special piece of Northern Ireland history.

"For us at Independent Property Estates there was so much interest in the property that this was an easy Cell, Cell, Cell."

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