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Sale agreed £700,000

The Old House, 11 Unicarval Road Comber , BT23 5LA

Sale agreed £700,000

Key Information

Address The Old House, 11 Unicarval Road, Comber
Style Detached House
Status Sale agreed
Price Price £700,000
Bedrooms 4
Receptions 2
Heating Oil

Features

  • Delightful Scrabo Stone barn conversion dating back to 1868 with ancillary barns and derelict cottage set out around an extensive courtyard
  • Elevated site with uninterrupted views across drumlin country to the Mournes, Slieve Croob and round towards Belfast
  • To the east is Scrabo Hill with the tower just peaking out above Killynether Woods.
  • Extensive gardens in lawns, shrub beds, belts of native trees, ornamental trees, stone walls and beech hedging
  • Total site area around 1.75 acres
  • Private lane
  • The Old House is located on the Belfast side of Comber just 2 miles from the local town - the edge of Belfast at Dundonald is 4.5 miles and Belfast City Centre 9 miles
  • The property is located close to the shores of Strangford Lough which can be accessed at Island Hill, 3 miles
  • The barn was converted to a house in the 1980's and was cleverly designed to retain the charm of the original barn with large windows added to the first floor to take in the extensive views
  • Reception hall, sitting room, kitchen, utility room, boot room, bedroom 4 and shower room on the ground floor
  • Massive undeveloped room at end of house with full height up to vaulted ceiling. This room is off the hall and would make spectacular main living room
  • First floor living room with vaulted ceiling and windows overlooking the view - this room would make a stunning master bedroom if ground floor space were to be developed into living room
  • 3 further charming bedrooms (4 in total) and bathroom with beamed ceilings and windows taking in the fabulous western view
  • Oil fired central heating (Rayburn Range) and a mixture of single and double glazed windows in timber frames
  • The large barn comprises games/entertaining room that has hosted weddings, with wooden conservatory at rear. Further stores with arched brick entrances , loose boxes and loft
  • Derelict cottage which subject to planning permission could make a delightful guest cottage
  • Further stone outbuilding adjacent to house with small court yard bordered by Scrabo stone wall. Separate outside WC

Additional Information

Unicarval Road is a quiet country lane running between the Ballyrainey Road and the Ballyhenry Road, on the Belfast side of Comber. Turning into The Old House avenue, the tree canopy of the lower part of the private lane with its mix of Lime and Ash trees bordering the laneway, will immediately catch your eye.  At the top you start to get a glimpse of some of the beautiful Scrabo stone of the buildings that make up this courtyard of barns, barn conversion and cottage and then as the whole property comes into view you will think WOW! It is a wonderful courtyard, dating back to 1868, the buildings laid out around the extensive gravel and grass centre with the house straight in front of you, the barn on the left, the cottage behind you and another smaller barn in front of the house. 


The house faces west with spectacular views across drumlin countryside to the Mournes, Slieve Croob and around towards Belfast.  The foreground is unspoilt agricultural land.  The view to the east is of Scrabo Hill and Killynether Woods.  The gardens are really special with a wooded area to the north, extensive lawn with native and ornamental trees to the south and to the west, lawn with shrubs, box hedging, flower beds and pond.  The site totals around 1.75 acres.


The conversion from barn to house was carried out in the 1980's including insulation and dry lining of exterior walls, new flooring, roofing and roof insulation.  There are aspects of the house that could be considered dated but the budget for refurbishment could be reasonably modest or if you wanted to create a £1m plus showpiece, the budget would obviously be considerably greater.


The house has so much charm it is difficult to mention all the features but the quarry tiled floors and the beamed ceilings stand out along with the deep reveals to the windows and lots of nooks and crannies.  The accommodation comprises reception hall and sitting room, kitchen, utility room and boot room, bedroom 4 and shower room on the ground floor with fantastic first floor living room with vaulted ceiling and large windows taking in the glorious views.  This would make a wonderful master bedroom as on the ground floor there is breathtaking undeveloped two storey room at the end of the house, off the hall.  It is massive and has a vaulted ceiling.  The potential of this room will have your 'creative juices' in full flow.


If the house is impressive and charming, the outside space really matches it, the large barn has a ground floor games room or entertaining room (it has hosted weddings) and it has a large wooden conservatory to the rear,  There are other stores in the building and a loft.  The cottage is very charming but is derelict.  Subject to planning this would make a perfect guest cottage.  The other outbuilding has a small courtyard and is also constructed in Strabo stone with lovely old stone slabs on the floor.


Opportunities for properties like this in such a convenient rural location with so much potential are very rare and it really could be the chance of a lifetime!


 

GROUND FLOOR

Exterior porch canopy
Reception Hall:
5m x 3m (16' 5" x 9' 10")
Glazed double entrance doors, timber beamed ceiling and quarry tiled floor and glazed door to garden. Open to sitting room with folding doors to create separate room.
Sitting Room:
3.96m x 3.15m (13' 0" x 10' 4")
Timber beamed ceiling and raised brick fireplace with timber mantle. Glazed double French doors. Porthole window to hall.
Hall
1.63m x 4.45m (5' 4" x 14' 7")
Quarry tiled floor.
Kitchen:
4.98m x 3.96m (16' 4" x 13' 0")
Range of pine low level units with double sink unit. Rayburn cast iron range running central heating with timber mantle, timber beamed ceiling and quarry tiled floor.
Utility Room
3.51m x 2.34m (11' 6" x 7' 8")
Built in shelving, plumbed for washing, Belfast sink, quarry tiled floor and timber beamed ceiling.
Boot Room:
3.2m x 1.37m (10' 6" x 4' 6")
Quarry tiled floor and timber beamed ceiling
Rear Hall:
Quarry tiled floor and door to garden.
Bedroom 4:
5m x 2.84m (16' 5" x 9' 4")
Timber beamed ceiling and built in wardrobes
Shower Room:
1.83m x 2.06m (6' 0" x 6' 9")
Tiled shower enclosure with electric shower, WC and wash hand basin, tiled walls and floor.
Potential Living Room:
11.51m x 5.31m (37' 9" x 17' 5")
Double height with vaulted timber ceiling. Access from reception hall

FIRST FLOOR

Landing
With vaulted timber ceiling. Hot press
Living Room:
6.38m x 5.18m (20' 11" x 17' 0")
Vaulted timber ceiling, wooden floor, fireplace with wooden mantle, glazed door and shutter to external steps, old pine corner cabinet and two large windows taking in the view.
Bedroom: 3
3.86m x 2.95m (12' 8" x 9' 8")
Vaulted timber ceiling and wooden floor. View
Bathroom:
2.08m x 2.92m (6' 10" x 9' 7")
Coloured suite. Vaulted timber ceiling
Bedroom 2
4.9m x 2.92m (16' 1" x 9' 7")
Vaulted timber ceiling. View
Bedroom:1
5.08m x 4.04m (16' 8" x 13' 3")
Timber vaulted ceiling. View

OUTSIDE

Laneway with canopy of trees including Limes. Courtyard laid out in stone buildings comprising main house, old stone cottage, main barn and garage. Courtyard in gravel and lawn.

Derelict stone cottage which could be renovated subject to planning approval. Two out houses adjacent to cottage

Main Barn
Loose box
4.45m x 4.06m (14' 7" x 13' 4")
With loft over and external stone steps


Outhouse 1
6.1m x 4.27m (20' x 14')
With brick arched entrance with sliding doors and concrete floor. Loft over


Outhouse 2
6.1m x 6.1m (20' x 20')
With brick arched entrance and sliding doors and concrete floor

Games room
11.58m x 6.1m (38' x 20')
Vaulted ceiling and mezzanine.
Wooden conservatory
7.92m x 3.96m (26' x 13')
With coloured glass panels which originally came from Stormont Hotel.

Gardens
Beech hedging with gap leading to extensive lawn with array of native trees, conifers and ornamental trees and shrubs. Areas of long grass to encourage wildlife. South facing lawn to front of house with ornamental shrubs and trees with pond and clipped box hedge bordered herb garden. Natural stone walling. South west facing

Woodland area to north side of house

Barn 2
8.53m x 3.35m (28' 0" x 11' 0")
Additional stone building in courtyard with sliding door and stone flagged floor.
Small area of grass with stone walls enclosure adjacent to barn.

Outside WC in stone building

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