Florida Manor is a Seventeenth Century Mansion set in the rural heartland of East Down near Killinchy. It is currently being restored by its owner using selected new and reclaimed materials to give the building its original appearance as well as bringing it into the 21st Century for use by today's and future generations.
The Courtyard, which is phase 1 of the refurbishment programme, is a stone building originally used as stables and living quarters for the servants and will now become apartments and stables.
The stone for this building, which may have been quarried within the estate, has been made good and re-pointed using lime mortar. The roof has been replaced but still retains its original shape, showing off the impressive pre-existing trusses, purlins and rafters.
The new sliding sash windows and panelled doors reflect the work carried out by previous generations of skilled workmen, who did not have the modern machinery and capability we have today.
The interior, now fully restored, is still sympathetic to the 17th and 18th Century design and will impress with a sense of the past, while giving the added comfort, relaxation and luxury much sought after by today's hard working generation.