Montalto House
Restoration of 18th century Manor House
The Montalto Estate is located on the edge of the town of Ballynahinch some 15 miles south of Belfast. The Montalto Mansion was constructed around the mid-1750’s when the Earl of Moira moved there and made it his home. The name Montalto derives from the Italian for ‘High Mountain’ and in the original construction, Italian plasterers were employed, and from the grounds the Mourne Mountains can clearly be seen. The house has had a history of alterations and extensions and it was during the 19th Century that a Ballroom and service wing was added by the Grandson of the original owner. In the mid-1980s the house was damaged by fire. The damage caused, contained in the east wing and the rear apartments, and was so severe that this part of the house had to be demolished. When the present owners appointed Hobart & Heron to restore the house as a private residence, major works were undertaken and included the rebuilding of the east wing. The house is now fully reinstated to its former Italianate glory with all details of both internal and external adornment. Original plastered ceilings, the work of Robert West of Dublin, carried out in 1758 still remain to this day and have also been restored. Throughout the house the internal joinery and plasterwork details have been constructed with great care to produce a fine mansion restored for todays and future generations. The experience, expertise, skill and attention to detail by Hobart & Heron in carrying out work to listed buildings are exemplified by this major restoration and refurbishment project.

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