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Property: A dream country house teeming with beauty

A magnificent country house lovingly restored and dating back to the 1790s, Beechbank in Killinchy is a landmark home close to the Strangford shoreline and a gateway to the Mournes.

Sitting beautifully on an elevated site with views of the rolling Co Down countryside, the five bedroom home has continued to excel since it was extended 10 years ago.

A separate annex, games room, mature landscaped gardens and inner courtyard, set within six acres, ensures comprehensive and luxurious accommodation for everyone.

On the ground floor, the five bedroom property comprises of reception hall, drawing room, living room, country kitchen and pantry, utility room and study.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor including the stunning master bedroom suite with dressing room and ensuite bathroom, and an elegant family bathroom to service the other bedrooms.

From the rear hallway, a secondary stairway leads to a self-contained suite which currently comprises of a playroom and guest bedroom with ensuite shower.

This area could readily be adapted for use as a self-contained granny flat, a sanctuary for the teenagers or even an au pair’s suite.

The property’s seemingly endless joys include well tended landscaped gardens with an upper equestrian yard, providing excellent stabling, a barn, tack room, garage, and an all weather floodlit ménage.

There are also two excellent fields accessed from the upper yard, extending to 2.7 acres and 2.0 acres, making it ideal for horses.

The scale is staggering, the beauty immense - but simply taking your time to appreciate the amount of space, craft and immaculate presentation on show is a joy to behold.

The hand painted cream country style kitchen comes with a good range of high and low level units, granite top, island unit with solid wood top, Belfast sink and chrome mixer taps, wine rack, bookshelves and much more.

It opens to the garden room, a delight thanks to its vaulted ceiling light and generous dining and seating space.

Meals will taste even better overlooking the gardens and patio, while the living room’s design is glorious. An attractive marble fire surround with cast iron inset, open fire, dog grate, slate hearth, built in shelving and double aspect windows enhance it greatly.

But the views only get better when you venture into the study, as it benefits from double opening patio doors to the side to embrace the beautiful surroundings.

If views are what you’re interested in, the master bedroom provides more than a glimpse of Slieve Donard and a taste of the outstanding beauty on Beechbank’s doorstep and beyond.

It’s within walking distance of the hamlets of Balloo and Killinchy and 10 minutes from Comber, Killyleagh, and Ballygowan. It feels like a world away but it’s only 15 miles from Belfast.

The Strangford Lough shoreline, Whiterock Bay and Sketrick Island are less than 10 minutes away. The Ards peninsula to the east or the Newry and Mourne region to the south, each with their own set of unique terrain and coastal landscapes, can be explored time and time again. An incredible property in a remarkable location, viewing is by private appointment, and is highly recommended.

Please visit www.simonbrien.com for more details.

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