5 June 2015

Dream Home: Mourne Magic


Wake up every day to a wonderful sense of peace surrounded by natural beauty in this quaint period detached home nestled near the Mournes.

A true escape from the outside world, the setting of Larkrise which offers sea and mountain views is very special and you get your own little slice of heaven here with two acres of beautiful grounds.

Larkrise is a charming period home filled with warm and welcoming character which perfectly suits the quiet rural lifestyle on offer here.

It is a house that ticks every box for family life too with four reception rooms and four excellent bedrooms.

While benefiting from the quietest of settings, the house is also conveniently located close to Kilkeel town centre and the coastal roads to Newcastle and Newry.

Country character abounds and from the moment you step into the hallway which is finished with a tiled floor and pine ceiling, you get a sense of the quaint cottage style which is captured throughout the property.

In the lounge a large picture window takes centre stage. It has been left unadorned to maximise the wonderful views and there is a hole in the wall fireplace with slate hearth, solid pine flooring and glazed double doors opening onto a patio.

The kitchen/diner is pure country chic. One wall is taken up with the most magnificent feature period fireplace with colourful hand painted wood surround set against a natural stone wall with multi-fuel stove.

The staircase with colourful spindles rises to the first floor from the other end of the room adding yet another feature in what is a cosy family space.

A tiled floor and timber clad ceiling completes the country feel in here and there are plenty of units for storage and food preparation, plus a Hotpoint oven and ceramic hob.

While there is ample room to eat in here, the house also features a separate dining room for special family occasions. It has a lovely marble fireplace with a solid pine floor.

An inviting living room features a Jotul wood burning stove set on a raised hearth in a hole in the wall style fireplace. This room is also finished with a timber clad ceiling and there are glazed double doors opening into a quaint wooden conservatory.

The conservatory, painted in moss green, is an ideal spot to sit in on a rainy day and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Also on the ground floor you will find a study, side porch, utility room and cloakroom.

The quaint styling continues upstairs in the bedrooms, each of which has been finished with a timber clad ceiling which adds a period touch and two of the four bedrooms benefit from built-in robes. Wood cladding also adds character to the family bathroom which has a modern white suite with a shower bath, vanity unit and WC. A separate shower room is fitted with a pedestal wash hand basin, bidet and WC.

The house is set back from the main road and is accessed via a shared driveway which leads to a separate private driveway and a parking area.

The extensive grounds have been geared up for the pony enthusiast with a rear yard, ménage, paddock, barn with hayloft, stables with two loose boxes, pony stable, tack room and general purpose store.

The gardens feature an ornamental pond and patio to the rear, and there is a sizeable vegetable patch.

Location Appeal: Larkrise, 58 Carrigenagh Road, Kilkeel

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