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Georgian lodge on edge of Belfast goes on market for £2m

Ballyaughlis Lodge, set within five acres of grounds seven miles south central Belfast
Ballyaughlis Lodge, set within five acres of grounds seven miles south central Belfast
The snooker room
One of its many spacious rooms
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

One of Northern Ireland's oldest houses has just gone on the market with an asking price of £2m.

The magnificent Ballyaughlis Lodge, set within five acres of private grounds, is seven miles south of Belfast city centre and is being marketed by Simon Brien Residential.

The Georgian residence dates back to 1780 and was previously known as Belvedere Cottage.

It was built as part of the surrounding Belvedere estate bordering the Ballylesson Road in Drumbo.

Belvedere Cottage had many owners prior to Edward S Clarke, the managing director of the Island Spinning Mill in Lisburn, who firstly rented the property from about 1926 when the name was changed to Ballyaughlis Lodge.

He later purchased the house which remained in the ownership of the Clarke family for over 60 years.

The property was extensively renovated and modernised by the current owners when purchased in 1990 with no expense spared in retaining the character and level of specification, both internally and externally.

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The house itself features a reception hall, dining room, drawing room, four reception rooms, five bedrooms (four ensuite) and a wine cellar.

Overlooking the impressive ground floor garden room, a spiral staircase leads to a library area and first floor office.

The home boasts period features including cornicing, original window shutters and several impressive fireplaces.

Externally off the cobbled courtyard there is a gym and double garage while accessed by an external staircase to the side of the property is a self-contained guest apartment.

The property has all the benefits of its rural surroundings and is yet only a short drive to Belfast, Lisburn as well as many leading primary and grammar schools, churches, shopping and recreational facilities.

Estate agent Simon Brien of Simon Brien Residential says the sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire a magnificently restored period residence.

"The property retains all of the fine architectural characteristics of the Georgian era, yet has been comprehensively restored to provide all the comfort and luxuries of modern day living.

"In addition to the generous accommodation, the house also benefits from a separate self-contained apartment ideal for guests or relatives," he added.

For more information contact Simon Brien Residential (Lisburn Road) on 90 668888.

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