We are pleased to present for sale this exclusive period residence on the outskirts of Lurgan situated on the highly prestigious tree lined Kilmore Road.
This is a home set apart from the rest, steeped in a wealth of history, charm and distinction. Presently known as “The Demesne” and originally built in the 1920s for Mr Thomas B. Johnston from the Johnston, Allen & Co. Ltd., one of Northern Ireland’s main linen merchants.
The dwelling is presumed to have been designed by the well-known Dromore architect Henry Hobart in the arts and crafts red brick style finish of the era with natural slate roof, decorative art spouting and stacked chimney breast with clay pots.
On Thomas B. Johnston’s instructions this residence was designed with the intention of accommodating visiting trade representatives as well as being the Johnston family home, and has remained in the Johnston family up until 2011.
Mr Thomas B. Johnston was succeeded by his son Mr T. Carter Johnston. Whilst very much part of the family business, he also became high sheriff of Co. Armagh and continued to live at The Demesne until his death in October 2005.
Thomas’ vision was undoubtedly achieved, as the seductive blend of style runs easily through this characteristic residence, starting as soon as you approach the stone pillared, gated access from the prestigious Kilmore Road, continuing up the sweeping driveway through the peaceful wooded grounds.
It is situated on a private site of approx. 0.85 of an acre, offering mature beautifully presented gardens with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, not forgetting that it adjoins Lurgan Golf Club, offering uninterrupted views of the playing greens.
Upon approaching the front door you are offered a glimpse of its earlier grandeur and style, and once inside it’s quite another world. Internally the house boasts approximately 7,298 sq ft and offers some unexpectedly well proportioned, bright and airy rooms. The spacious sunlit entrance hall has oak flooring with hand carved sweeping staircase and original stone built fireplace, as well as panelling on the staircase rising to the first floor. Three further reception rooms are located on the ground floor, the family lounge, drawing room and dining room, each featuring an abundance of exposed beam ceilings, wooden floors and bay double aspect windows.
As you approach the rear of the house you will find the kitchen and the side door entrance leading out into a mature private side garden.
The first floor boasts three double bedrooms, and master bedroom with en suite. The master bedroom takes full advantage of the tranquilizing golf course views.
On the second floor you will encounter a further three bedrooms boasting double aspect views overlooking Lurgan Lake and surrounding mature woodland, with access to separate family bathroom.
An additional self-contained annex found at the back of this property features an original wood spiral staircase, opening up into a private library with original fireplace, dormer windows and seated window area. A double bedroom and bathroom are also accessed through this level, continuing to offer the same character, charm and panoramic views as the main residence.
To the rear of the property stands a single storey outbuilding and attached single storey garage of similar red brick, suitable for up to three cars.
Although benefiting from this peaceful setting the property also enjoys ease of access to a broad range of amenities and attractions including Lurgan Golf Course, Lurgan Park and Lake, and Brownlow House, which you can view from your doorstep. A few minutes drive takes you to Moira Village, with the M1 motorway network linking you to Lisburn and Belfast.
This family residence is a home to fall in love with. One of the losses caused by the passage of time is that we are unable to appreciate the complete ensemble of this property and its interior, meaning any new owners will not only have the opportunity to complete the internal fit out to their own personal style and taste, but will also experience the enjoyment in restoring this period dwelling to its former splendour and glory. Like all arts and crafts style period properties you will not be disappointed by the multitude of classic design features.
Internally, a strong emphasis has been placed on craft with a wealth of detail incorporating natural oak three-quarter height wainscoting and full height panelling, aesthetic motifs and numerous other bespoke details hidden in every room.