Edwardian home Norcott, off Foreland Road, Bembridge, has been revitalised but retains its original character.
Agent...Hose Rhodes Dickson
SURROUNDED by sweeping lawns, tall trees and shrubs creating a delightful away-from-it-all feel is an enchanting Edwardian house.
Imposing Norcott within around two-thirds-of-an-acre of lovely gardens, stands close to the heart of Bembridge, off Foreland Road, and is a wonderful, airy family home where guests can be entertained in style.
Its spacious eight-bedroom, four-bathroom/shower room accommodation is superbly laid out with a sunny, south-facing aspect to the elegant reception rooms and most bedrooms.
Tucked away at the back, where the entrance door is sited, are the more practical parts of the house — a large kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom with WC off and utility/laundry room.
The three-storey house dates from 1908 has retained period character while being attractively revitalised by its owner.
Tasteful pale decor and woodwork complement features, including large windows, stripped floorboards and open fireplaces in the main reception rooms.
Improvements have included a new gas central heating system, smartly refurbished bathrooms, turning a boiler and utility room into a charming slate-floored garden room warmed by a cream woodburning stove and creating a vaulted-ceilinged utility and boiler room from a store. The gardens have been opened up and the driveway smartly gravelled.
This leads to a double, detached garage with adjoining car/boat port and sweeps through the back gardens to the entrance door.
Quarry tile flooring continues from the entrance porch into a cloakroom with a WC off.
Mellow pine wall panelling enhances the impressive reception hall with double doors, which can be opened to the adjoining 21ft-long drawing room to create fabulous entertaining space with an open fireplace at each end.
The drawing room and spacious dining room, also with an open fireplace, each have a front box bay window.
Through a wide, arched opening in the reception hall is the attractive panelled staircase to the first floor and a long inner hall with a larder/store off.
This leads to a secondary staircase, a front-facing study with attractive fitted bookshelves, the light, double-aspect garden room with a WC and the utility room off and the kitchen/breakfast room. Along with oak flooring, this rear-facing 22ft-long room has cream units, granite worksurfaces, a larder, a large Aga and plumbing for a dishwasher.
Off the main upstairs landing is the smart family bathroom with a roll-top bath as well as a shower cubicle and three big, bright, front-facing bedrooms.
The master bedroom, with a modern en-suite shower room and another bedroom have balcony access.
Two more appealing double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a bathroom/WC with white suite are positioned off the secondary landing.
Along with a small bathroom the second floor houses two charming, sloping-ceilinged double bedrooms.
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