11 December 2015

HomeFinder Property of the Week: Pudding Cottage, Banbridge


Pudding Cottage is one of those beautiful country boltholes where you can kick back and be at ease with life and your surroundings.

Its tranquil rural setting is pretty spectacular and it is easy to see why it is thought to be the ‘highest’ residential house in Banbridge as every window offers uninterrupted views of the rolling Co Down countryside.

It is an aspirational property set in spacious grounds of 1.5 acres with an exacting finish inside and out.

The family accommodation has been thought out for comfortable, luxury living with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms and a ‘granny’ wing.

Built in a mixture of natural stone and smooth render, the house blends beautifully with its country setting and has been designed around a cobbled courtyard and extensive patio areas which take full advantage of the stunning views.

The lush landscaped grounds have been designed to engage all of the senses with a large variety of fruit trees and beautiful flowers and shrubs.

This property keeps on giving with two large outbuildings housing an office/gym/games room with floored attic and a 600 sq ft storage unit/workshop, green house, potting shed and two garages with electric doors.

The outbuildings have been finished to such a high standard with insulation and plumbing that they offer the potential for use as an annex, B&B or self catering cottage.

A lantern-lit driveway winds through extensive lawns to the front of the house.

Inside, Pudding Cottage is finished with solid wooden floors, large oak picture windows and quaint features, all well planned to suit its country setting.

A delightful entrance porch with Victorian tiled floor and stained glass door opens to a warm and welcoming hallway where a beautiful solid oak staircase is set off with solid oak flooring and doors.

The first reception room is a vast space with large picture oak framed windows and patio doors, again with oak flooring and a beautiful marble fireplace.

The dining room is another delightful space with a large bay window looking out over the countryside and features a stunning reclaimed antique fireplace dating back to 1850.

There is another reception room which interesting leads to a spacious double bedroom situated in the “granny wing” with built in double wardrobe and a gorgeous wood wall panelled en suite with free standing bath.

There is a quaint cloakroom again with wooden half panelled walls and then the magnificent kitchen.

The large bright family kitchen stretches into another huge bay window which is a perfect dining nook.

The ivory country style units are topped with granite and there is a double Belfast sink and large central island. The focal point is a large red four oven Aga cooker with over mantle shelf.

The extensive living accommodation continues with a cosy family room with stone wall fire place with wood burner stove and patio doors opening to another patio area.

There is a utility room, a large walk in pantry and an essential in every country house – a washroom located at the back door so that you can change and wash from muddy outdoor wear without trailing dirt through your beautiful home.

All of the bedrooms are delightful featuring lovely details like boxed window seats to make the most of the wonderful vantage point of the property.

The bathrooms – all four of them – are luxuriously fitted out and the master en suite is decadent, featuring a free standing bath and a convenient corner shower cubicle.

The master bedroom is dual aspect and also comes with a large walk in wardrobe area.

Outside and the courtyard buildings feature a Pudding Cottage clock tower and beyond the outbuildings are extensive lawns bordered by mature trees.

View this article and more at the Belfast Telegraph

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