Henry Seaver is renowned for the fine period houses which have helped make the Malone area of Belfast so admired and this one is extra special as the 19th architect designed it for himself.
The fact he decided to make ‘Lisroyan’ his own home, insured that only the finest materials and craftsmanship were used and the grand flourishes which mark his creativity can be found in every elegant room.
This is a substantial home with its own heated swimming pool set back in around an acre of mature private grounds off the Malone Road.
Well-tended lawns, meticulous landscaping and mature plants and trees ensure there is an all year round profusion of colour.
Architecturally beautiful inside and out, it has an array of fine features including high ceilings, corbels, archways, decorative ceiling roses, ornate fireplaces and a wonderful period staircase.
The extensive ground floor accommodation includes an entrance porch, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, large family kitchen, living room, utility room, cloakroom and offices which could be used as a playroom, storage or consultant rooms with separate access.
The first floor boasts five double bedrooms, three with en suite facilities and a large family bathroom. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor and a large luggage room with further storage cupboards.
A wonderful addition to the property are the leisure facilities which includes a 32ft x 18ft swimming pool with changing rooms, showering facilities, sauna and plunge pool.
An arched entrance door in a marble floored porch opens into the reception hall which has been beautifully designed with wooden wall panelling, decorative arches and a superb staircase.
There is a cloakroom with marble walls and floor and a separate WC with more marble flooring and a wash hand basin set with marble surround.
The sitting room has a more casual feel with a stone fireplace and off it is a walk-in store room.
The property just keeps on giving on the ground floor where there is also a wonderful walk in butler’s pantry with built in storage and display cupboards and then a formal dining room with an open fire with Minster stone surround.
An inner hallway then leads to the magnificent kitchen which has been designed and fitted by renowned local company Allwood.
Canadian Walnut units with Corian worktops and integrated appliances are beautifully set out round a large central island unit with breakfast bar.
You then come to a huge playroom/office/store room with three partitions which can be removed to create one large room or used to divide the space into three rooms.
Another cloakroom, WC, utility and rear hallway with pantry and a sauna complete the vast downstairs accommodation.
Upstairs and a lovely decorative arch greets you on the landing.
The bedrooms all have beautiful period features and the master is pretty special with a massive decadent en suite bathroom with sunken bath, bidet and fully tiled shower cubicle. This grand space also features a hidden wardrobe and a walk in dressing room.
There are seven bedrooms in total, a shower room and a family bathroom.
You could be forgiven for feeling as if you have been transported to a celebrity Hollywood home when you enter the superb leisure wing of the house.
The huge heated pool comes with its own changing rooms and there is a plunge pool currently covered with a hot tub.
The house continues to offer an abundance of features outside where there is a car port for two cars, a garage, storage room and an acre of mature, secluded gardens with brick paved pathways.
Property of the Week: Lisroyan, 154 Malone Road,Belfast
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