Ok, this a three-part post so I need you to concentrate.... So, for a few years I’ve been looking online at Georgian houses in Killyleagh on the shores of Strangford Lough which is a huge sea lough in Northern Ireland. Seriously beautiful houses at an average cost of £150,000. I wanted to visit to satisfy my curiosity as, like many (most?) people, I would like to fall asleep listening to waves. So that’s where we’ve been today and it was very lovely but a little bit quiet so I won’t be moving, not yet.
Second bit...the town’s most famous child is Hans Sloane - he grew up here, then moved to Chelsea hence Sloane Square/Street etc etc. I worked there when I first moved to England and no-one believed me when I said that Hans Sloane was Irish. Where was Google when you needed it. A botanist, physician, collector, he bequeathed over 70,000 items to the British Museum and gave Chelsea the land for the amazing Chelsea Physic Garden. Most importantly, he is credited with inventing drinking chocolate. The photo bottom right shows Hans Sloane Square, Killyleagh. These are new houses but just as colourful and cheerful as the Main Street. Their front gardens go right to the water’s edge.
Finally, just a little bit of extra info...Killyleagh Castle looks more like a French Chateau and is the oldest castle in Northern Ireland.
The lough is special and ‘twas a good day out.
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