Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Ballywhite House


BALLYWHITE HOUSE is situated at Ballywhite Bay, about two miles north-west of Portaferry, County Down.

This is a Georgian house comprising two storeys with gable.

It was extended and enhanced in the Italianate style about 1870 by its then owner, John Warnock, a Downpatrick solicitor, who also added a conservatory.

A substantial pedimented projection, similar to a wing, juts out from the centre of the entrance front, which has coupled Corinthian pilasters on the upper storey.

One of the gable ends has a single-storey bow; while the other end has a Victorian conservatory joined to a single-storey ballroom wing.


In 1838 the property was owned by Isabella McDonnell.

Mr Warnock purchased the house about 1861.

It was sold ca 1918 to the 3rd Baron Lurgan, and subsequently passed to his cousin, Colonel Guy James Brownlow DSO DL (1883-1960).

Colonel Brownlow's eldest son, Colonel William Stephen Brownlow JP (1921-98), inherited Ballywhite House on his father's decease.

Colonel Brownlow was Lord-Lieutenant of County Down from 1990-96.

Mr & Mrs Jamie Brownlow now live at Ballywhite.


THERE were formerly two conservatories, one of which remains.

The site of the demolished conservatory has a garden at the present time.

The house is in a fine position, with views to Strangford Lough.

The grounds fall away to the south west and the area near the house is maintained as an ornamental garden.

There are other cultivated compartments around the house.

Attractive trees and shrubs are planted informally, but the arrangement of the grounds is organized into specific areas, including a paddock and managed woodland beyond the garden.

There is a cultivated productive garden enclosed by a laurel hedge, with a wooden nectarine house.

I'm seeking better images of Ballywhite House.

First published in February, 2014.


Ken Moreland said...

Great post. I grew up on the neighbouring Nugent estate and travelled regularly through the Brownlow property down to the sea. I have a vague recollection of the old Colonel James Brownlow (I was very young), knew Colonel William Brownlow to speak to (and see his amphicar) and I remember Jamie as a little boy. Well respected in Portaferry.

Michael P. said...

I was born in Inchmurren a house just next to Ballywhite House. At the time (1946) Col Guy Brownlow was Deputy Lieutenant of County Down. He had a Bentley which my father drove him around in. When I was about three months old I was seriously ill and was driven to Newtonards hospital in the Bentley. Obviously, I survived.

Michael Pickett.