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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Historic Home

 

Looking through the archives, I found some photos I haven't shared before of a visit we made to Ballywalter House on the Ards Peninsula.

A Georgian house c1730 completely reworked by Sir Charles Lanyon between 1846 & 1852 for Andrew Mulholland [great, great, great, grandfather of the present owner]. A Billiard Room & Conservatory were added for his son John, 1st Baron Dunleath, in 1870. 

The demesne contains a fine collection of specimen trees and rhododendrons, together with a number of sub tropical plants. The 2.8 acre walled garden contains two ranges of Victorian glasshouses. (Courstesy of hha.org.uk)

Below, the stable yard with fine old stone storage buildings and a granary.


We took the interior tour and photos were not permitted but I did sneak a phone shot or two!!
Apparently this magnificent chest belonged to Kepler the famous German astronomer!


The painting on the piano lid was wonderful!


hope you enjoyed this quick peak into Ballywalter Park.

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Thanks!

30 comments:

  1. The piano is unique. Thanks for the “undercover” tour. Have a grand day!!

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  2. What a beautiful place to visit. I love the painting on the piano lid! Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Lovely building and such an amazing piano.

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  4. Been around a couple of places like that but never thought of using my phone covertly

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  5. Mooi historische gebouw Christine, en de piano is een prachtig kunstwerk.
    Groet Kees.

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  6. I was thinking what a grand house as I scrolled through the photos and then I got to the piano. Wow, that is simply gorgeous. I love it.

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  7. Fantastic buildings! I love the storage house. I think I need one...

    Have a lovely week,
    Andrea

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  8. ...what an estate, it's hard to believe that homes were built like this years ago. The inside of the piano lid is a treasure. Thanks Christine for sharing, take care and please stop back again.

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  9. Very nice! That old chest is cool, I wonder what he kept in it!

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  10. If you have to pay for tickets, then they should let you take pictures! The chest is amazing, I have never seen a fancier one. And an awesome piano! I guess no one plays it anymore.

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  11. You were sneaky with the camera, Christine!

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  12. Beautiful and fascinating house photos ~ or mansion? LOL

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  13. The stone storage buildings and granary are gorgeous.

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  14. Hey Christine :-) Following ya :-)
    Glad you popped into my blog :-)

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  15. The building is gorgeous and wow at that piano!!

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  16. What a beautiful place and I love that piano.

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  17. What wealth they must have had to build such a place in those days. - Margy

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  18. I love that painting on the piano.Sometimes we just have to sneak a picture or two.I understand.

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  19. That piano is truly beautiful, and my, my Hubby would love to see Kepler´s chest!

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  20. Christine these are really good photos. like your posts very much and i follow your blog on blogger. i will be happy if you follow back.

    birsenle.com

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  21. Majestic and interesting. That painting on the piano lid is amazing.

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