Wednesday 26 October 2016

Video: Inside the Northern Ireland home which placed second in BBC's Home of the Year

Stephanie Bell

Published 19/06/2015 | 10:00

It is a reflection on just how special this Georgian home is that it took the runner-up spot in the hotly-contested 2011 BBC NI House of the Year show.

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Celebrity interior designer and presenter of the series, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, described Roselick Lodge as a "Georgian charmer" which "seduces the eye, thanks to an energetic and extensive refurbishment by its current owners".

The original house was built in 1830 and is one of the last remaining period properties in the area.

Its sensitive restoration and extension, completed just a few years ago, has added a new dimension to what was already an impressive property, which now harmoniously marries luxury 21st century living with period charm.

The original house retains the classic Georgian room layout and period grandeur, while the extension - which doubled the size of the property - blends seamlessly, even though it has a distinct modern open-plan design.

It is a spectacular home, where huge rooms, luxury finishes and tasteful design will seduce you as Llewellyn-Bowen so aptly put it.

The entire ground floor has been finished with 150-year-old oak flooring which was imported from the USA, where it had been reclaimed from an old Amish barn.

Underfloor heating is another luxury touch throughout the ground floor. There is a superb sense of space as you tour the large rooms, upstairs and down - the vast master suite feels like a penthouse in a five-star hotel.

The grounds surrounding the property are also a delight, with mature planting and beautifully-designed gardens which feature a stone-walled rose garden and a mini orchard.

A huge bonus is a quaint Georgian two-room cottage, which has been partially restored.

The house enjoys a quiet rural setting, yet is just more than a mile from the sea and the towns of Portstewart and Portrush.

A pebbled driveway cuts through mature grounds and lawns leading to the house.

Enter the hallway, with its wooden floor and picture rail, and you get an immediate sense of the period of the property.

The lounge is an elegant room, which also reflects its historic origins, with a Georgian marble surround fireplace and wooden window shutters, wooden floor and picture rail.

Enter then into a vast dining room/study, which again retains period features, with a picture rail, wooden flooring and window shutters. There are attractive feature recesses with glass shelves and lighting and built-in bookcases.

A music room is next and again this is a cavernous light-filled space with French doors opening onto the rear garden.

A large feature island with Italian marble top is almost dwarfed by the sheer scale of the extra large kitchen/living/dining room. Shaker-style units are fitted flush to one wall and a series of three open archways down the opposite side lead to a spectacular, custom-built, orangery.

The kitchen is custom made and features an Aga oil fired range and a Bosch double oven, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher.

Also on the ground floor is a side porch, cloakroom with WC and well-equipped utility room with two larder cupboards.

Upstairs and three landing areas lead to the vast bedroom accommodation. Two of these have original wooden flooring and Velux windows.

French doors open from the hall into the impressive master bedroom suite. This space is a suite in every sense of the word. It has its own long entrance hall with banks of windows leading down to a sleeping area. There is a dressing area as well as a dressing room, plus a living area with French doors over the Orangery.

This luxurious and very private part of the house also opens to a study area with more French doors leading to a large terrace, which offers sea and coastline views to the Donegal headlands. And it doesn't end there as you also have a spa-like en suite shower room with a walk through glass shower enclosure.

The remaining three bedrooms are all beautifully styled and two have their own top notch en suites. The house is set in more than an acre of mature grounds with a period outbuilding and a 27 foot wall.

There are also foundations of ruins in the property, which have been dated to the eighth century.

The extensive stone-walled gardens to the rear are magnificent and the lawns are surrounded by an abundance of mature trees, shrubs and flowers.

The old stone walls from former stables and barns have been used to create separate garden areas within the grounds.

There is a garage and an old stone building is divided into two rooms offering great storage.

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