Bungalow with an island a snip at just £1.2m

Bungalow with an island a snip at just £1.2m

27 November 2019

A PRESTIGIOUS house near Downpatrick with its own stunning island is on the market.

On offer for a cool £1.2m, the four-bedroom home is located in a little piece of paradise overlooking Strangford Lough.

Castle Island is a private island extending to around 116 acres along with almost two miles of shoreline, nestling at the mouth of the Quoile River.

Laid out over a single storey with contemporary living in mind, the principal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation are well-positioned to benefit from the magnificent views towards the Mournes, while a sunroom provides access to the terrace which benefits from sunlight throughout the day.

The master bedroom suite has dual-aspect feature windows overlooking the mountains and River Quoile, the latter created in the 18th century when Edward Southwell, landlord of Downpatrick, built a tidal barrier at the Quoile and began draining the land to create over 500 acres from the western edge of Strangford Lough.

Features of the house include double glazing, a decorative fireplace in the drawing room and a wood-burning stove with brick surround in the sitting room. The property also benefits from an integral garage.

A key feature of the island is the direct road access to the mainland via Castle Island Road and onto Strangford Road which connects Strangford with Downpatrick. 

The new owners will share the island with Quoile Yacht Club, which offers some of the finest facilities in Strangford Lough, and the Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve and Bird Hide.

The enclosed garden and grounds at the house extend to 2.4 acres and slope from the house to Castle Island Road and include manicured lawns and mature trees which provide shelter and amenity. There is also a small gravel area next to the house with trees and shrubs.

An extensive block of farmland lies within a perimeter fence and is well suited for the grazing of livestock and production of silage/hay.

Estate agents Osborne King say that while nestled in private surroundings, the island conveniently lies a short distance from several towns including Downpatrick.

While there is an abundance of amenities on the island including wildlife, and sporting opportunities, there are also plenty of interest points nearby, including Castle Ward and Delamont Country Park.

Gavin Clarke, from Osborne King, says the property has been on the market for over a week and is already generating interest from potential buyers.

“This delightful property would make an ideal second home or, alternatively, a main family residence, given its tranquil location and magnificent views, with the Mournes to one side and Strangford on the other,” he said.

“The current owners have lived there for around 15 years and while they are very sorry to see it go, they look forward to seeing others benefit from it. The bungalow is ready to walk into as it has been well maintained down through the years.”

Gavin added: “With a couple of viewings in the pipeline, it would be nice to sell this side of Christmas.”

Further information is available from the Osborne King office, Donegal Square South, Belfast on 028 9027 0000 or email property@osborneking.com.