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Cottage in Isle of Wight, England



Offering spectacular sea views over Sandown Bay towards Culver Cliff, this magnificent villa was built in 1929, as a gentlemen’s residence. Noted local architect, Ernest Smith, was commissioned to take full advantage of the cliff-top location and exceptionally sunny climate to produce one of the Isle of Wight’s premium properties. He designed a grand detached house with decadently proportioned rooms; all main living and bedrooms have large windows topped by stained glass detail, framing the vistas. Art Deco influences include an upstairs sun room with huge sliding picture windows to enjoy the breathtaking sunrises and scenery by day and bay illuminations by night. Huge stained glass windows bring out the oak-panelled hallway, magnificent staircase and galleried landing. The house has an impressive triple aspect drawing room and large oak-panelled dining-room with doors into the sun room and garden for al-fresco dining. The architecture, proportions and landscaped gardens with palms over the sea are reminiscent of an elegant Mediterranean villa.

Cliff-top walks begin from the garden gate; the tarmac cliff path enables people of all ages and abilities to take a stroll, five minutes to the sandy beaches. The cliff forms a backdrop to a long sandy Blue Flag award-winning beach that extends from Sandown to Shanklin. Swimming and watersports are supported by lifeguards in summer. For those who can tear themselves away from the beach, the area around Sandown Bay is renowned for its fossils, and ¼ mile away from the house lays Shanklin with its charming, historic village, thatched cottages, tea rooms, small shops, seafront train service and lift to the cliff path. For the more energetic, there are longer walks from home, through chines and parkland landslips, to Ventnor, for a well-deserved hearty meal at a renowned inn. There are over 500 miles of footpaths and cycle tracks on the island, half of which is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The island offers opportunities to explore geological sites, such as the Needles a short drive away, or Smuggler’s Cove closer to home. Shanklin Chine and Ventnor Botanical Gardens are within easy reach and provide a good chance of spotting the endangered red squirrel and Glanville Fritillary butterfly, unique to the island. Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle (English Heritage), Mottistone House (National Trust), Brading Roman Villa, Dinosaur Isle and the Steam Railway are but a few of the island’s attractions for all ages. Shops ¼ mile, pubs
½ mile.

Stained glass entrance porch. Large oak-panelled hallway leading to huge drawing room with seating for 18 guests, gas woodburner, TV and wireless hi-fi system. Living room with two single day beds (each for +1). Banquet dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and French doors to decking and gardens. Laundry/drying room. Twin bedroom with wheelchair access to outside and en-suite wet room with toilet (Mobility Levels 1 and 2). Two separate toilets. First floor: Galleried landing leading to five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and period furniture; family room with additional bunk bed (for +2) and day bed (for +1), one with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room and toilet, master bedroom with pull-out single bed (for +1). Bedrooms with TV and sea views, three with access to sun room with sliding picture windows. Three additional bathrooms, each with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas wood burner inc
  • Elec, full gas CH, bed linen and towels inc
  • Cot
  • Two t/cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Eight Freeview LCD TVs
  • DVDs
  • Stereo/CD/iPod dock
  • Wireless Hifi system
  • Three electric ovens
  • Two m/waves
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • Two d/washers
  • American style f/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • 3/4-acre landscaped gardens with furniture and sun loungers
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Ponds in garden

Pub within 1 mile - Heritage Collection - Highchair - Coastal within 1 mile - Detached Property - Fuel and Power Included - Garden / Patio - Barbecue - Wifi - Close to Sea - Television - DVD player - Bed Linen & Towels Included - Sea View - Short Breaks All Year - Christmas Themed Cottage - Cot Available - Dishwasher - Luxury Collection - Shower - Car Parking Available - Ground Floor Facilities - Owner Services Region - Washing Machine -

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