Property: Georgian character and modern convenience work here in perfect harmony
- Selling Agent: Simon Brien
- Asking Price: £1,750,000
At a glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that these pictures are plucked straight from the set of the next big period drama. And the cars at the front must belong to its cast or crew.
However this stunning Georgian property, which dates back to 1780, is no mere work of fiction but sits perfectly amongst the beautiful landscapes of the Ballyleeson Road at Drumbo.
The sprawling Ballyaughlis Lodge was built as part of the surrounding Belvedere estate and today offers the perfect blend of original period features and modern comforts.
It boasts considerable architectural significance and of course a charming county garden setting complete with a woodland backdrop of some five acres. A five bedroom property, Ballyaughlis Lodge also offers a self-contained guest apartment, the benefits of which cannot be overstated. Meanwhile an additional 15 acres of land is also available by separate negotiation.
Lucky homeowners here can let their imaginations run wild as they navigate their way through a plethora of unique spaces including a games/ billiards room, butler’s pantry and a wine cellar.
The property was extensively renovated and modernised by the current owners when purchased in 1990 having been owned by the Clarke Family - Edward S Clarke was of course the managing director of the Island Spinning Mill in Lisburn - for over 60 years. No expense has been spared in retaining the property’s character and level of finish and specification both internally and externally.
The internal accommodation extends to approximately 8,161 sq/ft comprising of an impressive main reception hall leading to both the formal drawing room and dining room with a picturesque outlook over the gardens.
Both rooms of course feature magnificent fireplaces sure to quickly become a place to either formally entertain or casually gather with your nearest and dearest.
There are four further reception rooms including an impressive garden room featuring a vaulted ceiling which enjoys swathes of natural light and a path to a sun terrace courtesy of beautifully panelled Georgian style glass doors.
The kitchen, the heart of any home, is traditional and country cottage in style with its corniced ceiling with ceiling rose, polished granite work surfaces and Belfast sink with period style chrome mixer taps. However on the same note, all the touches necessary for easy modern living are also here. The property’s morning room is meanwhile where you will find a casual dining area, four oven oil fired Aga and double doors to the inner courtyard.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms - four of which are ensuite and two of which enjoy both an ensuite and a walk in dressing room.
Meanwhile overlooking the ground floor garden room, a spiral staircase leads to a sitting/library area and office.
Externally - off the inner enclosed cobbled courtyard - there is a gym, store and double garage. Meanwhile via an external staircase is the property’s beautiful self-contained one bedroom guest apartment which comes with an open plan living room, fitted kitchen and dining area.
Outside the property is equally awe-inspiring with unceasing open green spaces, countryside views and even your very own tennis court. And of course typical of the era in which the property was built, there is a detached store and potting shed.
It’s hard to fathom that such a private and vast property lies so close to so many amenities - Ballyaughlis Lodge really does enjoy the best of both worlds in so many ways.
The house is just 15 minutes from Belfast city centre, a short drive from Lisburn and many leading primary and grammar schools.
There’s plenty of opportunities for leisure with the Lagan Towpath, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and some of our best golf clubs nearby.
Enjoy all the spoils of a new life here at Ballyaughlis Lodge. To take that first step contact the selling agent, Simon Brien today on 028 9068 5306 or go online at www.simonbrien.com