Down mansion for sale for first time since it was built in 1620

Down mansion for sale for first time since it was built in 1620

A historic Co Down mansion has just been put up for sale for the first time since it was built nearly 400 years ago.

The property in the centre of Donaghadee known as The Manor House has been in the same family since it was built in 1620 but is now ready for a new chapter in its history.

The owner of the property - the eighth generation of the original family who built this grand home - is Nicholas Day who lives in Kenya where he runs a cattle ranch.

His aunt lived in the house until recently and as the rest of his family live in London, Mr Day has decided to put the property on the market for what will be the first time ever.

The house which sits in 1.25 acres of gardens comes with a modern townhouse within its grounds and a self-contained annex and is up for sale for just under £1 million.

Mr Day said: "I live in east Africa and the rest of my family live in London so there is no one to live in the house and care for it.

"It is a fine townhouse and I would come in and out from George Best Airport often and it is very handy to get there.

"It is in the centre of the town and yet when you close the door you have peace and quiet and it is a great house for the family as there is plenty of room in it.

"I don't want it to be unloved and unlived in and so it is ready for someone else to enjoy it."

The house was originally built by Hugh Montgomery in 1620 as a 'Blow House' to be used for the family to rest in while they waited on good weather to get the boat to Portpatrick which was the main passageway to the UK from Northern Ireland at the time.

The house passed on to the De Lacherois family, when Countess Marie-Angelique Mount Alexander (nee De Lacherois) inherited the Montgomery Estates from her husband, the 5th Earl of Mount Alexander in 1750.

It offers the size and grandeur of a fine country seat, yet is uniquely positioned in its own private grounds in the centre of Donaghadee.

Over the centuries it has had some remodelling, enabling entertaining on a grand scale while also still cosy enough for more intimate family gatherings.

The property offers a new purchaser enormous diversity as it lends itself to a mix of residential, commercial and retail and conversion to a boutique hotel as well as a family home.

As a family home it offers an incredible 10,522 sq ft of beautiful period-style living with seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, numerous bathrooms, two games rooms and extensive basement rooms as well as a wealth of outbuildings and extensive gardens.

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