23 August 2012

Country Chic


Ballykeel House with the rolling green fields of Co Down as a backdrop, is a five bedroom family abode at the cutting edge of modern 21st century living.

Yes, it’s grand with ultra-modern interiors and an architecturally pleasing exterior, but this rather magnificent manor just outside of Hillsborough could save you a packet in running costs due to a host of energy-efficient features.

The detached abode with four reception rooms — which is set in just under five acres of beautiful countryside — has more than a dollop of modernity behind the front door.

And, at a time when fuel bills are skyrocketing, features such as underfloor heating and hot water fuelled entirely by an eco-friendly wood pellet biomass boiler are extremely welcome — this house uses no oil whatsoever!

Meanwhile, every room has a digital thermostat to control the temperature, a pressurised heating system and hot water circulator, well-insulated floor, roof and cavity walls and K Glass double glazed windows with black aluminium on the outside and timber on the inside.

There is no scrimping on style here either with beautiful finishes such as tiles by David Scott throughout, a feature sandstone

fireplace and a luxury maple-fitted kitchen amongst other fabulous features.

As well as gorgeous interiors there is also a stable block, tack room and sand menage. With stone pillars to a sweeping granite kerbed driveway this impressive residence can only be appreciated on closer inspection.

The extensive accommodation kicks off with a spacious reception hall boasting a Travertine natural-stone tiled floor with double built-in storage, a feature archway and double-height ceiling which gives in turn to a separate loo with Jacuzzi white suite and more of that lovely stone tiled flooring. A good-sized drawing room follows with a feature sandstone fireplace and more matching stone tiling to the floor with double glazed patio doors which open to a pretty courtyard and garden area.

Next door’s study, meanwhile, has timber flooring, a built-in desk, drawers and filing cabinets and leads to a cavernous kitchen which is open plan to a living/dining/ family room.

Expect the wow factor in this kitchen with designer appliances and posh tiling. There are fitted maple units, star galaxy granite worktops and splashback, a Britannia gas range with hotplate, rotisserie, double electric oven, granite splashback, American fridge freezer, Neff integrated dishwasher, matching stone island unit with granite worktop, breakfast bar, feature full-height window to water feature, matching dresser with inset fish tank, video intercom entry system and a porcelain tiled floor.

The dining/family room has a matching cream porcelain tiled floor, feature Rais wood-burning gas fire, maple plank flooring, a magnificent feature pine ceiling with kingpost trusses, feature apex window, a feature stone wall and wiring for a wall-mounted flatscreen TV and Dolby 7.1 surround sound with double patio doors providing a view to the barbecue area and countryside.

Next door’s utility room has maple units and granite worktops as well as being plumbed for appliances. From here is a feature tower with a Travertine natural stone tiled staircase with lighting leading from the reception hall to the gallery landing.

Upstairs is the masterful main bedroom which has a balcony and a large walk-in wetroom with pebble tiled floor, modern rain-head shower and separate hand shower to the en suite. There is also a Jacuzzi twin sink set in quartz stone with twin matching mirrors with anti-steam pads and a porcelain tiled floor.

A dressing room follows with a walk-in shelved mirror-fronted robe. The remaining bedrooms are also well-appointed with a mix of features to include more mirrorfronted sliding wardrobes and double glazed Velux windows, and a lovely family bathroom with white Jacuzzi suite.

Click here to view this luxurious country house in Hillsborough which has all the latest in green technology…and stables too.

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