This house is cosmopolitan, British and perfect for great and big family celebrations. It ticks every box…
… glorious seaside views… a beautiful and historically important house… sparkly swimming pool…3 acre garden with many romantic ‘room’s…an interior that is ready for a glossy magazine. And it sleeps 14 (plus a room for a butler, nanny or onsite help).
Built in 1911 and owned by only 2 families until it’s recent sale and renovation, it is an extraordinary place. The current owners are a cosmopolitan family and their energy, love of colour, and of relaxing, is evident throughout.
Whilst there is much to do exploring the area, staying here is such a treat, you may not want to go far. Walks from here are top notch, bikes are provided. There is crabbing to be enjoyed near the beach 10 mins west. Sailing and fishing from the little marina 5 mins to the east.
The house is set up for relaxing and play.
Shared space room downstairs are big, and views broad. A large hall is central to the house and to the front of the house there is a big sitting room and playroom. At the foot of the stairs there is a bunk room next to the front door hallway.
The sitting room is generously proportioned, not quite Georgian, but big. The views from here are of the Isle of Wight Needles and magnificent at sunset. Next door to it is a big playroom and second sitting room, and off it, an eccentric turret.
Importantly the dining area seats the full 14 and is slightly away from the kitchen meaning that any kitchen staff or cooking mess are a step away from your any special meals.
The kitchen itself has a smaller table for 8, and a huge marble-topped central island and is well kitted out for feeding the masses. We have a full kitchen inventory for you if you need.
There are 6 bedrooms. Upstairs 2 doubles, 2 twins. Downstairs 1 bunk.
There is a beautifully renovated annnexe just across from the kitchen which has a twin and super king sized double. It also has a good sized bathroom ensuite.
Further staff accommodation of a double and ensuite can be used which is separate and above the garaging.
The property extends to 3 acres and the gardens wrap around the house. The formal gardens are extensive and established. Planted in 1911 and barely changed since, walking around it is delightful and children will love to discover green “rooms”. The views to the front are fabulous and you the house looks over the Keyhaven bird reserves to the Isle of Wight. Toward the back of the property, in the direction of the village there is a 2 acre meadow, full of wild flowers in summer. On a single giant ash tree there is a swing, perfect for children to head off to for some time out and loud games.
There is a good BBQ here and a large terraced outdoor eating area next to the kitchen and outside the annexe.
We can help organise caterers both at the dining table or more creative, themed meals outside for summer evenings.
For special events we suggest getting our story teller, Mr Michael O Leary to come and take you on a journey through local folklore and myth. He’s very good. And even better on a dark night, deep in the garden, around a fire with smugglers rum cocktails. Ask us for entertaining kids with treasure hunts, arts days or den building. The house keeping staff can also be on hand or daily if required.
There are masses of toys here. The pool is fenced and heated from May to end of Sept. There are 3 adult mens bikes, 2 fadult ladies bikes and 2 kids bikes.
The pool house has also got plenty of toys in it.
Families and celebrations.
What are the quirks here? (we like to be brutally honest)…
The downstairs bunk bedroom is next to the sitting room, so that anyone making lots of noise in an evening might wake the kids up.
Downstairs has no steps and there is only a very small rise into the kitchen. There are no bedrooms downstairs inside. The annexe is 20 metres from the kitchen door and there is no step to access it. There is a twin bedroom to the fore and a step of 6″ to a double room (superking) behind. There is a small step into the bathroom here too.
You can get a non-electric wheelchair from the annexe into the main house with no steps.
Front door 33 inches wide. Ground floor doors 31 inches. Kitchen door 30 inches.