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Balladoole House, Balladoole, Castletown Asking Price £2,500,000

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  • Imposing Queen Anne Mansion House in approx 12 Acres of Private Parkland Setting
  • Master Bedroom Suite with Sitting Room
  • 7 further Bedrooms & 4 Bathrooms
  • Lift Between Ground and First Floor
  • 2 Bedroom Duplex Staff Apartment with Sitting Room
  • 4 Principal Reception Rooms
  • Kitchen & Laundry Room
  • Range of Cellars and Wine Cellar
  • Integral Multi Car Garage
  • Gate Lodge with Long Tree-Lined Driveway & Formal Gardens Designed by Renowned Arabella Lennox-Boyde

The origins of the name Balladoole date back to the fourteenth century, when it was owned by a Galloway Chieftain named Lord Duncan MacDowell. The present Balladoole House was built in the region of Queen Anne (1714) by Mr. John Stevenson, the first recorded speaker of the House of Keys. Since then the property has been carefully restored by successive owners and a fine feature of this period house is the beautiful pitch pine woodwork panelling, skirting, architraves, coving and exquisite 4 staircase which forms a central showpiece to the property. Balladoole is one of the largest and most historic estates on the Island still in private ownership. Standing in a commanding position with parkland views from the front, back towards Castletown and from the upper floors at the rear directly south-west towards Port St Mary and the Calf of Man. Balladoole House is located less than half a mile from the edge of Castletown via its Gate Lodge on the main Castletown bypass road. Further access can be found to the rear on the Pooilvaaish coastal road. Balladoole House is perfectly positioned for the Islands two private schools, the Buchan and King Williams College.


SITUATION

Balladoole House stands in a commanding position with parkland views to the front with Castletown in the distance and from the upper floors at the rear, south west towards Port St Mary and the Calf of Man. This impressive home stands at the head of a long tree lined driveway with an entrance lodge which is included in the sale and is less than half a mile from the edge of the town and superbly placed for the airport, The Buchan School and King Williams College. A second access is available from the Pooilvaaish coastal road to the rear. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. It’s known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles and rural landscape, rising to a mountainous centre. Although Castletown is the original seat of government on the island The House of Keys, as it is known, is now based in the capital of Douglas. The Isle of Man TT is a major motorcycle attraction for the island in May/June and the island hosts numerous sporting events throughout the year. The Isle of Man has some very appealing tax advantages and is often described as a jewel in the Irish sea. It is 52 kilometres (32 mi) long and, at its widest point, 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide with a population of about 84,000. There are regular flights between the Isle of Man to the UK and Ireland and car ferries and fast ferries ply routes to Dublin, Belfast, Heysham and Liverpool with journey times from about 2hrs 45 mins. One of Britain’s five UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves the Isle of Man is both geographically attractive and culturally intriguing. This is all found alongside gorgeous, green valleys and ruggedly picturesque coastlines. There are restaurants and a range of shops and supermarkets in Castletown with Douglas providing a more comprehensive range of services.

DESCRIPTION

Balladoole House was built in the reign of Queen Anne (1714) by Mr John Stevenson, the first recorded speaker of the House of Keys. Since then the house has been carefully restored by successive owners with notable features including the beautiful pitch pine woodwork panelling, skirtings, architraves, coving and exquisite wide staircase which forms a central showpiece to the property. The impressive reception hall leads off to the panelled study/library which in turn leads to the large drawing room with French doors to the formal gardens. To the right of the hall is the grand dining room with views over parkland to the front. Off the rear of the hall are a morning room, large kitchen, and a rear bay with a cloakroom and WC and access to the basement. Here there are two store rooms and a wine cellar. Beyond the kitchen and dining room is a second hall area, a service hall, off which there are the boiler/drying room with access to the integrated garage. Access to the self-contained staff is also off the service hall and this includes a separate external entrance, internal hallway, a living room, bathroom, ground and first floor bedrooms. A personal lift operates between the ground and first floors. The first floor half landing leads to a gallery room in the bay to the rear with panoramic views over the south of the island. The main landing has lift access from the ground floor the vast master bedroom suite extends across the front of the house. The bedroom area has an adjoining bedroom or dressing room with separate landing access and a connecting door, whilst a second door leads through to an inner vestibule off which is a bathroom with double doors leading to the first floor sitting room. Both the en-suite and sitting room can be accessed from the main landing. There is a further bedroom on this floor and should the dressing room be utilised as a bedroom, these are served by a separate bathroom. The second floor provides four further bedrooms, one of which has a connecting door to another and could be used as a dressing room. This room has its own en suite bathroom and a second house bathroom serves the remainder. A narrow concealed staircase leads up to the attic with two store rooms off.

THE GATE LODGE

The Gate Lodge is a three bedroomed double fronted lodge house which includes a sitting room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom, is gas centrally heated, has a garage and a private garden. This property has been a successful letting property for some years.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS

The driveway extends across the front of the house with majestic stone steps leading up to the front entrance. The fork in the driveway leads off to the garage area for additional parking. The gardens to the front and sides are lawned with a formal garden to the drawing room side, Pink and White garden designed by award winning Arabella Lennox-Boyde, arranged to be most enjoyed though the open French doors of the drawing room. The long sweeping driveway, lined with mature sycamore, oak, alder, elm ash and beech trees, below which is escallonia hedging and lawn lining the road. The grass is planted up with daffodil bulbs to each side. The drive opens to a large paddock on the left with mixed conifers planted at the boundary where the daffodils continue on to the house on the right, mixed native hedging sits behind. Nearer the house on the right hand side, snowdrops mass. On the left hand side in the wooded area are a mass of pink, white and bluebells. Beyond the woods in the middle of the next open paddock stands a magnificent chestnut tree. Flowering cherries come out in early spring near to the house.

SERVICES

Mains electricity and water, private drainage.

POSSESSION

Vacant possession on completion of purchase.

VIEWING

Strictly by appointment with Savills or Chrystals.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Savills, Chrystals and their clients give notice that: 1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills AND Chrystals have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Balladoole House, Balladoole
Castletown IM9 4PE
County: Isle Of Man
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DR7404

P: 01624 623778

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