2 June 2015

Country Cool


Numerous specialist magazines have attempted to capture the unique architectural splendour of this one-off home which is nestled in the countryside of Aghadowey.

The property has unsurprisingly also featured in the Good Architecture Guide to New Builds in the Countryside.

Nestled off the Greenhill Road and adjacent to the Agivey River which runs along its eastern boundary, it is a unique house which has designer style stamped all over it.

Built eight years ago, every inch of its 3,650 sq ft has been created using cutting edge design with hand crafted features built from quality materials.

It is a home created for modern living where energy efficiency was a key consideration. The house is kept cosy with underfloor heating provided by a ground source heat pump. Can you even imagine having no oil bill?

Inside are four bedrooms, three with en-suites, three flow-through reception rooms, a stunning contemporary kitchen, utility and family bathroom.

Bespoke wooden entrance pillars lead to a statement Iroko front door set against a grey slate wall creating a wow factor before you even step inside.

The hallway has been created in a striking style with modern dark grey walls showcasing a spectacular curved walnut staircase with cast iron handrail. Italian flooring gives the room a rich, polished finish.

The first of two downstairs cloakrooms is to be found off the hall and again is designer in style with a porcelain floor and unusual cantilevered wash hand basin with wall mounted low flush WC.

The lush styling and finishes continue in the showcase living room which has a curved wall with sliding door and is finished with a Walnut floor and feature limestone fireplace.

The kitchen is a designer dream with German units topped with granite and designed mostly floor to ceiling around a large island unit. It comes with an AEG gas hob and oven, fridge and dishwasher. The dining table sits in front of a large picture frame style window overlooking the garden.

This room opens to the most breathtaking living area, tiled in porcelain with a fantastic feature St Johnston stone wall and bespoke, suspended wood burning ‘Focus’ fireplace.

The triumph in here though is the incredible block stack double height vaulted ceiling with timber panelling and sky lights. There is also a built in bookcase and media unit and sleek aluminium sliding doors opening onto a sunny barbeque area.

A utility room is fitted with high gloss units topped with granite and includes an integrated fridge/freezer.

The master bedroom is a beautiful double height open plan room with the bed set against a feature wall which separates the sleeping area from an open plan en suite where again the designer touch is apparent in the wall hung handmade walnut ‘his and her’ wash hand units. There is a double shower cubicle and built in storage and wardrobes.

The three remaining bedrooms are all good doubles, two of which have equally luxurious en suites fitted out in handmade bathroom furniture.

The main bathroom is opulent with a decadent oval shaped Jacuzzi-style bath, striking wall hung vanity unit with Duravit wash hand basin and low flush WC.

The house is surrounded by an acre of grounds with a tarmac driveway leading to a two storey garage with a first floor heated loft space which is currently being used as a games room but would easily serve as a home office, studio or annex.

There is a large lawned area to the front of the property with mature trees and hedging with river views.

At the back there is a south facing entertainment area with a slate floor and a lit deck, plus stoned yard.

The house also comes with a further field to rear of property containing ground source heat pumps for the central heating system.

Property of the week:15 Greenhill Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine BT51 4EU

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