Ormiston House in East Belfast is one of the city’s most historic buildings. Built in 1867 for a local mill owner, it was once home to distinguished businessmen Edward Harland and Lord Pirrie. But after years of neglect the house had fallen into a state of total disrepair – and was at risk of collapse. In 2014, it was bought by local entrepreneur Pete Boyle and wife Ciara. After decades of decline, the couple were faced with one the one of the most challenging and ambitious private restoration projects this island has ever seen – from dealing with dry rot to restoring Ormiston’s overgrown 13-acre gardens.
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