The exterior of Aghanloo House, a period home for sale in Limavady. The exterior is an orange colour which reflects the original colour of the exterior when it was built almost 300 years ago.
24 September 2020

Limavady’s 280-year-old Aghanloo House is now on the market


If you would like to own a slice of history then now is your chance as the charming Aghanloo House in Limavady is on the market.

Dating back almost 300 years, Aghanloo House is one of Northern Ireland’s most historic homes and is steeped in a rich history.

The property was originally built as a hunting lodge for the aristocratic Beresford family around 1740. This Grade B1 listed building also served as a local rectory and as a school house during the First World War.

The gardens at Aghanloo House. A brick wall is the focal point of the image. There is an archway in the wall with a paved path running through it connoting that this is a walk way. An array of colourful flowers can also be seen in the image.

It is believed to have been home to a Mr McLaughlin in the late 19th century, a builders’ merchant reputedly responsible for the building of the renowned chimney at Coleraine Distillery in the 1880s.

Located at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain, the current owners have lovingly restored the property to reflect it’s original charm and glory.  

Many original features can be identified throughout the interior including fireplaces, window shutters, a wine cellar and an impressive staircase with turned balustrade.

The living room area at Aghanloo House.

Aghanloo House is currently on the market at £550,000 with selling agents, McAfee Estate Agents. This historic home is expected to generate a great deal of interest.

Mark Brennan, McAfee sales manager, said: “It is very exciting to bring such a historic and unique home to the market.

“The house was very run down at one point but the current owners have sensitively restored it and retained many of its beautiful original features.

The bedroom interior at Aghanloo House. A double bed can be seen against the back wall with two small tables at either side with a bedside lamp on top. A rug is on the floor at the end of the bed with an old, vintage style suitcase on top of the rug. There is also a fireplace to the left of the image as well as a desk and mirror.

“It feels almost like a boutique hotel inside, a very special place where you can feel the age and history but everything is perfect.

“The current owners raised their family in the house and now that they have all grown up and left they are reluctantly downsizing.

“It also has the most idyllic setting with views of the mountain down to Lough Foyle and sits the end of lane so it enjoys superb privacy.

“It really is a very special property.”

The bathroom at Aghanloo House. A Victorian roll-top cast iron bath sits in the centre of the room.

A great amount of care and attention to detail went into the renovations. This attention to detail is emphasised through the effort of matching the exterior colour to how it would have looked when built in the mid 18th century.

Mr Brennan explained: “It is a very striking colour. Apparently paint back then was made with mud and cow’s urine which is how the unique colour was achieved and trying to recreate that today shows the length the current owners went to when restoring this beautiful home.”

The kitchen in Aghanloo House. This is an up to date kitchen yet has been designed to reflect the original period of the home.

The substantial interior contains five bedrooms, each with an original fireplace, as well as five reception rooms, two cloakrooms, a shower room and a family bathroom.

An elaborately carved wooden fireplace with matching mantel is undoubtedly the focal point in the dining hall. The kitchen area is up to date but has been designed to blend seamlessly with the period charm of the home.

The garden at Aghanloo House. A small door can be seen at the bottom of a tree with a little stone pathway leading to this door. This connotes that this is a fairy garden.

This dwelling is nestled in extensive grounds of 1.5 acres. The garden features mature trees, a large lawn and decked area. There is also a courtyard which contains an array of traditional farm buildings which adds to the character of the listing.

The rear garden at Aghanloo House. Snow covers the garden and the trees. A swing is suspended from the tree with snow sitting on top of the seat.

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