Manor House

Grand Designs in County Down

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County Down, Northern Ireland

Evocative of a fine country seat, this is an impressive house on a grand scale, uniquely positioned on private grounds in a bustling port town just 20 miles from Belfast.

The House is a Grade I listed building, dating from the early 17th Century, and has remained in the same family for more than the last two-and-a-half of them.

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Upstairs Downstairs

A portico of two Doric columns and a heavy Georgian door welcome you to a vintage era that is Manor house.

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The imposing canary yellow hall and forever staircase which sweeps to the top of the house – make a dramatic entrance.

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Opening off the hallway is the sort of dining room that makes you feel underdressed. It is on more of a banqueting scale, with a decorative marble and brass fireplace, rich mahogany furniture, and ancestors in oils. There is a smaller circular table for more intimate dining.

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AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €2,250 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Drawing room
    Dining room
    Family KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Open Fire places
    Central location
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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Down a couple of steps from the dining room, and en-route to the kitchen, a short passage passes the ground floor sitting room – busy with books, TV and sofas, and with a door onto the southern gardens.

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Most of the classic features of the period persevere, with wide floor boards, grand sash windows and generous open fireplaces in most rooms. There are even mysterious jib doors camouflaged into the wallpaper.

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The kitchen to the rear is a magnificent and spacious room, in a colourful country style, with all you could want for some serious cuisine, including a large four-oven Aga and a premium gas oven. The breakfast table here comfortably seats eight.

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Off the kitchen is the stone flagged utility room and the Pantry, with Belfast sink, and laundry machines.

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Facilities & Ameneties
Not all of this extensive historic home is available to visitors. A separate apartment off the main hallway is retained for use by the owners. In addition there are a number of rooms at attic level that remain unused.
At various times part of the house functions as a Bed and Breakfast, and the accommodation reflect this self-containment with tea trays and television in three of the bedrooms.

The Wifi works in the main part of the House and Dining Room but not so well in the bedrooms. Despite its old world atmosphere, the house is well equipped with contemporary utilities throughout.

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

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A group of rooms from the first floor landing include a stunning drawing room – once the ballroom.

Elaborate cornices, a huge Persian rug, a bay of three shuttered multi-light windows, and a classic black marble fireplace embellish this gilded salon.

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Bedrooms

On the same level is the first of four lavish bedrooms that radiate from the sweeping stairway.

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Romantic half-tester canopies dress the deluxe beds and compliment heavy matching drapes.
And there’s more mahogany.

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Free standing baths are the order of the day in the three traditional ensuite bathrooms, but even if you ring the butler’s bell, you’ll need to fill them yourself, or use the only shower in the family bathroom.

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About

The Manor House was built by Hugh Montgomery in the 1620’s, it was originally a ‘Blow House’ so called as the Montgomery family and retainers used it to stay in, awaiting favourable weather for the boat crossing to Portpatrick, in Scotland.

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The House is situated on private grounds in the small seaside town of Donaghadee.

There is off street parking, a whole seaside town to explore, and a private side garden for afternoon tea or busy barbecues.

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Click here for virtual Harbour tour …

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Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 3,500
New Year break Thursday 29th to Tuesday 3rd January € 3,500

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday.

A refundable breakages deposit of €450 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

Rates Table

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October to April € 2,950 € 1,280 € 1,280
May to September € 3,500 € 1,725 € 1,725

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Out & About

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Within a shout of the fascination of Belfast, there are golf courses, restaurants, the splendor of the Mourne Mountains and Stranford Lough to explore.

 

Here are just some of our favourite outings…

The Locality

 

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Scrabo Tower

The house is on the Ards Peninsula – the most easterly part of Ireland – and a 20 mile drive from Belfast City.

The shops, restaurants and cafes of Donaghadee are all within strolling distance.
The town claims, rather dubiously, ‘the oldest pub in Ireland’. None-the-less Grace Neils offers a truly Irish experience at the bar and in the restaurant.

The pretty harbour is one of the closest points to Scotland; indeed on most days the Scottish coast is visible to the naked eye. This was a critical factor in the development of the town which until the middle of the 19th century was the major ferry (steam packet) point of entry from the GB mainland to the island of Ireland. It remains an important lifeboat station (RNLI).

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During the summer months boat trips to the Copeland Islands and fishing charters are available.

Van Morrison famously was “going down to Bangor”- 6 miles closer to Belfast. It is the nearest big town, and home to the largest marina in Northern Ireland.

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The peninsula encloses Stranford Lough which is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles. It boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets.
SeaGen, the world’s first commercial tidal stream power station, was until recently anchored in the mouth of the Lough providing power for 1000 homes.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast airports.
Belfast City Airport – 30 minutes from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
From Liverpool or Stranraer to Belfast
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house

Map

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