|Address||"The Old Rectory", 20 Donaghendry Road, Stewartstown, Cookstown|
|Price||Offers around £425,000|
Stunning late Georgian former rectory set within its own attractive and mature grounds together with a ‘Walled Garden’ extending to approximately 2 acres suited for equestrian or horticultural usage. This property is ideally located in central Mid Ulster & is convenient to most major Towns & Cities.
This is an attractive and well proportioned late Georgian rectory. Built in 1811 it retains most of its original features including timber sash windows throughout. It stands in a pleasant rural setting within its own attractive and well kept gardens and is of considerable local interest both as an example of domestic building of its period and as a former rectory associated with a local parish. Adjoining ‘Walled Garden’ extending to approximately 2 acres is suited for equestrian or horticultural usage. This area may also be suitable as a building site subject to planning permission.
‘THE OLD RECTORY’
One of the most sought after house names is surely that of ‘The Old Rectory’ which in only three words paints a picture of a very specific way of life.
It usually means a very substantial family home, with spacious, elegant principal rooms, lofty ceilings, abundant period features, shuttered windows, sweeping staircases, cellar, stables, outbuildings and walled garden. The Old Rectory is as it suggests, all of this sitting solidly in the middle of fertile acres of ground.
The four storey Rectory at Donaghendry was built in 1811 in Georgian style for the Church of Ireland. It was first occupied by Rev. Francis L. Gove and he was followed by 12 other Rectors until 1983 when the house was abandoned and left to deteriorate.
In 1995 it was purchased by K. and R. Gilmour who carried out a major restoration scheme bringing it back to its former glory.
The Rectory sits at the end of a leafy driveway, well away from the traffic on the main Donaghendry Road. The outbuilding and stables form a courtyard with the main dwelling. The gardens to the front and back have been carefully restored. To the North is the impressive two acre Georgian walled garden enclosed with a warm sandstone wall.
The Rectory is listed as a Building of Special Architectural and Historic Merit and the extent of the listing covers the outbuildings, bellcote, entrance gates, as well as the house.
The spacious kitchen is fitted out with Shaker style high and low level units, with the focal point the Rayburn Range. Fittings include a 1½ stainless steel sink; integrated oven/hob; dishwasher; integrated fridge and t.v. point. There is a dining area with antique pine display cabinet as well as a sitting area and spacious window seats below the original sliding sash windows.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the generously proportioned Dining Room with a garden door leading to The Terrace.
Wine Cellar/Cool Room
An archway leads to the original wine cellar/cool room with its unique brick vaulted ceiling and wine storage areas.
Fittings include: high and low level Shaker style units; stainless steel units; washing machine; tumble dryer; upright fridge/freezer.
The Rear Hallway leads to the Boot Room which houses the oil fired boiler as well as a wc and whb.
The following are fitted throughout the Basement as a whole:
(a) Ceramic floor tiles
(b) Bespoke tongue and grove solid timber doors
(c) Bell brass light switches
Square Entrance Hall with original oak floor. Finely carved staircase with original handrail and balustrades. Moulded plate shelf above the six panelled Georgian doors.
Elegant high ceiling Drawing Room with ceiling cornice and picture rail. Typical Georgian features of the room are: folding wooden shutters; alcove with clipped arch; marble fireplace with servants bell. The 6 over 6 sliding sash windows provide views over the formal box garden.
Similar to the Drawing Room, it has the open fire with marble inset; generous alcove; shutters and high ceiling. Additional is the exposed, original timber floor.
Double aspect Study with generous built-in work surfaces and timber shelving. Victorian fireplace fitted with gas fire. Sliding sash windows enclosed by folding shutters.
Double aspect office, again with bespoke wooden worktops. Hot press and ‘Bell’ brass light switches
The dog leg Georgian staircase leads to a split level landing at first floor level.
The master suite is a large double rear facing bedroom. Features include: open fireplace with cast iron and tiled inset; ceiling cornice and picture rail; 6 over 6 sliding sash windows and shutters; TV and phone points. The en-suite has a wc, whb, large shower and tiled walls.
Again, a rear facing double bedroom with the open fireplace, cast iron inset, picture rail, cornice and TV point. The en-suite is shared with the Visitors’ Bedroom and has a wc, whb, large shower and fully tiled walls.
Bedroom 3 (Visitors’ Bedroom)
The Visitors’ Bedroom has a double bed with a canopy over. A small flight of steps leads up to the shared en-suite.
Original Doulton wash hand basin and Victorian roll-top bath with painted wooden sheeted walls and WC.
Georgian staircase leading up to three more bedrooms and a storage room.
Double bedroom. Front facing. Sash & Casement restored timber windows. Restored ‘Bell’ brass light switches. TV point
Front facing double bedroom. Sash & Casement restored timber windows. Restored ‘Bell’ brass light switches. TV point. Additional mezzanine level.
Bedroom 6 Currently used as games room
Storage room / potential for 7th bedroom
WC, WHB, electric shower, tiled walls, extractor fan.
EPC: Current 24 F / Potential 30
The house is approached by a winding private driveway through mature trees and shrubs to the secluded property via a gravelled area in front of the main entrance bordered by hedges and lawns. The driveway continues past the house through an archway to a yard on the north side which is partially enclosed by an L-shaped two storey outbuilding and barns currently used for garage and storage facilities but with the potential for use as stables or conversion subject to the appropriate plans.
The main entrance gateway comprises a set of chamfered stone piers with curved screen walls.To the north-west of the house is a walled garden with both derelict and restored sections of rubble walling, one portion of which, nearest to the house, terminates in a tall bellcote tower constructed of cut sandstone.
The property is surrounded by exceptional private lands and manicured gardens. There are large lawn areas, shrubbery, box hedging, a vegetable garden and mature pond.
Adjoining ‘Walled Garden’ extending to approximately 2 acres is suited for equestrian or horticultural usage. This area may also be suitable as a building site subject to planning permission.
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