Magheramorne is a hamlet located 5 miles south of Larne on the shores of Lough Larne. Magheramorne Train Station (0.5 mile) provides a regular service to Larne Harbour and Great Victoria Street in Belfast. Magheramorne is home to a rock quarry which has been made famous for being a film location for the aforementioned ‘’Game of Thrones’’.
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Nestled within a private setting and with a mature woodland backdrop, Magheramorne Estate is centred upon a magnificent, historic mansion house extending to about 24,487 square feet (2,275 square metres). The estate includes a former stable block of traditional construction which has been converted to a self-contained apartment and 18 bedroom suites. The grounds extend to about 40 acres and are a particular feature. They include formal landscaped gardens and mature policies with an exceptional array of specimen trees which enhance the landscape surrounding the house. A number of streams flow through the estate, with various water features. There are paddocks providing grazing.
The estate has excellent views overlooking Larne Lough, the coastline and surrounding landscape.
Magheramorne House is accessed via a bell-mouthed stone wall with piers and cast-iron electric gates. A tree-lined tarmacadam sweeping avenue with lighting on either side leads to the front of the house where there is ample parking.
The front entrance of the category B1 listed house faces south-west, with the garden entrance facing north east and well-positioned for the views. The principal accommodation is laid out over three storeys with further service accommodation on a lower ground floor.
A key characteristic of the house is the extent and flexibility of the internal accommodation, with the ability to host large lavish house parties or, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent, a variety of commercial enterprises could be run from the house.
While the accommodation has been extended and adapted since its original construction, many notable period features, both internally and externally, have been retained.
Exterior features include red ashlar sandstone quoins, block window surrounds, cast iron gutters and downpipes, stone ball finials, Doric columns, a heraldic carved shield, tall chimney stacks and dormer windows.
Notable internal period features include decorative fireplaces, cornicing, an impressive atrium, timber panelling, architraves, sash and case windows, shutters, stained glass and ceiling rose.
The house is entered through a bright sun room which leads to a lobby with reception. The main functions rooms are on the ground floor and include a bar with lounge, the Blenheim Suite (with a capacity for 180 guests and a bar, commercial kitchen and toilet facilities off) and the McGarel Suite, which currently serves as a luxurious boardroom for up to 12 people. The remaining rooms on the ground floor serve as offices and staff meeting rooms.
The first floor includes 8 bedroom suites, a lounge area and the Maughan Suite which can host parties of up to 50 people. In addition to the main stair, there is a second, former servant's access to all floors. There is also an area for a lift to provide access to all floors. On the second floor are ten further bedroom suites.
On the lower ground floor is a range of service rooms, stores, cellars, and a games room. There is a self-contained apartment with a direct external access. Also, on the ground floor and accessed via a stair directly from the commercial kitchen is a secondary kitchen with a fridge, cold store and loading area.
The accommodation is as shown on the accompanying plans.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens, grounds and estate policies are a key feature of Magheramorne Estate. The formal gardens principally lie to the east of the house and include terraces, a parterre, water features, statues, lawns and paths bordered by hedges. The mature estate policies comprise sloping grounds with two dramatic glens, ornamental walks, streams, ponds, feature bridges and a wide array of flora, fauna and mature trees.
There are two paddocks providing grazing land.
Lying to the south of the house and accessed via the tarmacadam driveway which continues beyond the house is a traditional range of former stable outbuildings which have been converted to residential accommodation. Listed as a Historic Building (category B1) it is of stone construction with red brick dressings and beneath a pitched slate roof.
Designed by Samuel P Close for the first Lord Magheramorne, the traditional range is believed to date from about 1881. The entrance faces north and with an elevated position, the accommodation is laid out over two storeys in a square shape with a central, cobbled courtyard. The stable block comprises 18-bedroom suites and an additional staff annex (one bedroom), as set out on the accompanying plans.