ONE of Mid Ulster’s most treasured and spectacular country homes has been put up for sale.
Ardtara Country House, in Upperlands which is steeped in the rich history of the Clark family, famous in the linen trade, was once named as the ‘Most Romantic Hotel’.
Set in a secluded 7.6 acres estate, the property boasts nine luxurious guest rooms.
The mansion was built in the 19th Century as a family home by Harry Jackson Clark during the reign of Queen Victoria, who
Ardtara’s historical links stretch still further. Charles Thomson who became one of America’s Founding Fathers, as Philadelphia revolutionary who penned the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, spent the first nine years at Gorteade Cottage close to Ardtara.
The estate agents say the house can be sold a ‘going concern’ or a private residence.
Estate agent Gary Burns said the house exudes character .
“Over the years, we have sold a number of the Clarks homes in Upperlands, but this is by far, the most impressive of them,” he said.
“When you walk through the front door and enter the rooms you can almost feel and touch the character of the place.
“There is a calming tranquillity to the place, and its charm is fantastic.
“The original fireplaces are still in place and there are authentic features throughout.”
Gary added: “We are expecting a big interest, and people who want to buy a period property like this are usually prepared to travel, so there will be interest from far and wide.”
Ardtara is regarded as one of the finest country houses in Northern Ireland and has earned a top reputation as a wedding venue and exclusive boutique hotel.
A member of Ireland’s Blue Book – a unique association of gracious Country & Manor Houses and Historic Hotels of Europe, Ardtara was also included in National Geographic Traveller magazine’s ‘Best places to stay in Britain and Ireland, 2010’ and was previously named ‘Most Romantic Hotel of the Year’ by the Automobile Association.
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