Residential and agricultural estate with productive farmland and an accessible situation.
Newgrove House is believed to have been constructed between 1760 and 1779, as an addition to the front of an existing earlier dwelling. It is reported by C E B Brett that the house was formerly the residence of the agent for the Purdysburn Estate, of which Narcissus Batt, a pioneering banker of the time, was the owner. Newgrove House subsequently had numerous owners and was acquired by the present owners' father in 1940 from the Dick family.
Newgrove Estate is an exceptional residential and agricultural estate with amenity extending to about 149 acres (60 hectares) in total. It has a favoured situation, being only 6 miles south of Belfast city centre. The historic, category B1 listed house occupies a commanding position within the heart of the estate. The front of the house is constructed in a Georgian style and includes well-apportioned principal accommodation.
Adjoining the house is an extensive range of traditional outbuildings. A farmyard lies to the rear of the house.
The agricultural element of the estate is a key feature and comprises productive arable land which has the ability to grow the full range of arable crops.
The River Lagan forms the north western boundary of the estate.
METHOD OF SALE
Newgrove Estate is being offered for sale as a whole.
Newgrove House is entered through bell-mouthed stone walls with small stone piers. A sweeping driveway is partially lined by mature trees and rises gently to a parking area at the front of the house.
Newgrove House occupies a private, elevated position, with its front having a south-easterly facing aspect. The accommodation is predominantly laid out over two storeys, beneath a pitched slate roof.
A key characteristic of the house is the extent and flexibility of the internal accommodation, with the ability to host large house parties, as well as providing family accommodation.
While the house would benefit from renovation, a number of period features, both internally and externally, have been retained.
The house is entered from the front via paved steps and through glazed doors with a radial fanlight above and painted stone surrounds. A broad segmental bow on the western elevation is a feature.
Notable internal features include cornicing, sash windows, hardwood floors, impressive fireplaces, and architraves. There is an Aga range cooker and a wood-burning stove.
A basement provides useful storage.
An enclosed courtyard is situated to the rear and includes a range of stores.
There is a mains water supply, a mains electricity supply and private drainage. The house has oil-fired central heating.
There is a small area of lawns to the front and side of the house.
Fixtures & Fittings: The fitted carpets and curtains in Newgrove House are included in the sale.
Situated to the rear of the house is an extensive range of farm buildings, as laid out on the accompanying plans. They are mostly of traditional construction beneath corrugated roofs. Some of the buildings were at the forefront of agricultural design techniques when constructed; however, the farm buildings at Newgrove are presently used for storage.
Within the farmyard is a former farm worker's, single-storey cottage.
The buildings have a separate access which forks off the main driveway. There is ample hardstanding.
Situated at the northeast of the estate is the site of former lock keeper's cottages.
A mill race passes through the northern boundary.
The farmland land is let on a Conacre basis to a number of local farmers. The farm previously carried a dairy herd of 100 milking cows, as well as pigs, chickens and horses. The land is situated within a contiguous block and with a gently undulating topography, rises from about 40 feet above sea level on the River Lagan to about 120 feet above sea level on the southern boundary.
The arable land is generally free-draining and is laid out in fields of a good size and shape for modern agriculture. The depth and quality of the soil make it capable of growing a wide variety of arable crops, which have, in recent years, included potatoes, carrots, cereals and excellent grass swards.
There are three fields of permanent pasture which provide useful grazing. The land can be classified as follows:
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