Sale Agreed

Old Dunmore School, 24 Magherahamlet Road, Spa, BALLYNAHINCH, County Down, BT24 8QG

Offers Around


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3 Beds
3 Receptions
E 48
EPC Rating

Location of Old Dunmore School

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A historic home full of character and charm on a generous mature site in a superb location

Conversion into a home, virtually rebuilt with extensive renovations completed approximately 10 years ago

New engineered roof structure with Bangor Blue slates, new internal floors and walls with structural steel, painted hardwood windows

Rewired to include alarm and HDMI cabling, re-plumbed (pressurised system), oil fired heating (condenser boiler)

Quality and stylish finishes used throughout

Spacious lounge with double height vaulted ceiling, mezzanine gallery, wood burning stove and French doors to outside

Open plan living room with wood burning stove

Large kitchen with painted maple units and quality built in appliances , casual dining area

Utility Room and rear hallway with secondary staircase

Spacious ground floor bedroom and family bathroom

First floor gallery landing / sitting area

Two further double bedrooms with a Jack & Jill ensuite

Mature gardens with stream, fruit trees and lawns, large wooden shed/workshop, electric car charge point  

Convenient to Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Newcastle  and Downpatrick and within commuting distance of Belfast

 Within easy reach of The Mountains of Mourne, Spa Golf Club, Montalto Estate, the beach at Murlough and Strangford Lough


Originally constructed in the 1800s as a school by the Forde family of Seaforde and then given to the church in the 1940s to be used as a church hall, this beautiful building is full of local history. Indeed even the granite window sills were quarried locally.


At the beginning of the 21st century the current owners purchased the building and started what was a labour of love. Parts of it were virtually rebuilt and where possible traditional materials were sourced or reused, such as lime plaster, local granite, original stone flooring, timber, Bangor blue slates and sheep’s wool. Much thought went into retaining and adding to the character of the building and the end result is a most attractive home which is full of character.


The well proportioned accommodation flows beautifully and each room has a character and charm of its own. Although it is a period property it enjoys the comforts of the 21st century with high levels of insulation, a modern kitchen and contemporary sanitary ware.


This is a beautiful and unspoilt part of County Down and yet is a practical location in which to live. The popular towns of Ballynahinch and Castlewellan are close by as are Downpatrick and Newcastle and there are a variety of local and highly regarded schools. There are and endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with facilities for golf, horse riding and mountaineering nearby.


This sale represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique and historic home amidst the beautiful rolling County Down countryside.






Entrance door 


Entrance Porch -
Original stone floor

Cloakroom -
Contemporary white suite comprising low flush toilet and wall hung wash hand basin, original stone flooring and glass mosaic tiled splashback. Extractor fan.

Lounge – 21’4” x 14’9”
Feature raised mahogany fireplace surround with reclaimed brick inset, large wood burning stove with log storage and stone hearth. Vaulted double height ceiling and overlooked from the gallery landing. Walnut flooring, built in shelving, wall light points and French doors to side patio in original stone and garden


Hallway -
Kahrs walnut flooring
Open plan living area – 12’0” x 10’4”
Wood burning stove with stone hearth, recessed spot lights and wiring for wall mounted TV


Kitchen – 16’10” x 12’6”
Double ceramic sink with mixer tap, excellent range of painted wooded units incorporating glazed display units and woodblock effect work surfaces. Smeg 4 ring hob with stainless steel extractor above, integrated Gaggenau deep fat fryer and double oven and plumbing for dishwasher. Space and plumbing for American style fridge/freezer and recessed lighting. Amtico oak effect flooring.


Utility porch –  7’6” x 7’4”
Original stone flooring, stainless steel sink and good range of built in units, plumbing for washing machine


Bedroom 3 – 14’0” x 11’6”
Kahrs walnut flooring and walk in storage area with shelving, hanging space and hot water cylinder.


Bathroom - 12’4” x 9’6”
Contemporary white suite comprising panelled ‘Airbath’ with jets, fully tiled Wetroom style shower area with chrome fixed head and hand showers, pedestal wash hand basin and low flush toilet. Heated towel rail, illuminated mirror and extractor fan recessed starlight spot lights. Wall and floor tiling and shaving point. Under stairs shelved linen cupboard.




L shaped gallery landing (overlooking Lounge) – 19’0” x 14’9” (at widest points)
Kahrs walnut flooring, built in seating and shelves, recess for small wood burning stove and recessed spot lighting.


Bedroom 1 – 17’0” x 11’10”
Oak flooring, Extensive built in furniture, fireplace opening with stone hearth and recessed spot lights


Bedroom 2 – 20’0” x 10’4” (Access from back staircase or via Bedroom 1)
Oak flooring, built in storage and shelving, recessed spot lights


Shared Jack & Jill Ensuite – 8’4” x 7’9”
Contemporary white suite comprising hip bath with electric shower and separate hand shower, vanity unit and Villeroy & Boch close coupled toilet. Wall and floor tiling and recessed spot lights.

Gravel driveway with ample parking. Large garden in lawns with fruit trees, babbling stream and border of mature trees.
Large wooden shed/workshop with electricity and lighting
Old stone building (derelict, but with electric provision) offering further potential
PVC oil tank and oil fired condenser boiler
Outside tap, power point and lighting

Property Costs

  • Status: Sale Agreed
  • Offers Around£325,000

Contact Agent

Michael Dunn Property Consultant
The Hawthorn

Energy Performance Certificate

This property has an energy efficiency rating of

E 48

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