18 Church Road, Shanklin.
BEHIND an old stone wall in Shanklin Old Village is the secret that is a welcoming home with enchanting gardens, where a fern-fringed stream flows between lushly planted terraces and a wooded bank.
Almost like a mini replica of the famous chine the stream runs into, the gardens are a delightful backdrop to life at 18 Church Road.
The brick and stone chalet-style home, blending with its surroundings and built only eight years ago, appears from the front to be a bungalow, as all its top floor windows are rear-facing. Step inside and you will discover cottage-style, three-bedroom accommodation.
The unusual home was originally called Bridge Cottage, as its stone was re-claimed from an Island bridge. Its thick walls give it a reassuring solid feel and it combines character with comfort, as each bedroom has en-suite facilities.
Off Priory Road is the property’s parking area, with space for four/five cars. From here, a path leads to the back garden. This has a variety of plants, including rhododendrons, primroses and snowdrops, on terraces linked by steps.
The terraces ascend to the house and incorporate sitting areas, one of them ideal for barbecues, and a fruit and veg patch.
At the bottom is a paved seating area next to storage sheds. This a great place to relax to the sound of the stream, which is spanned by a bridge.
A path leads up to the pretty, side garden, which is reached from the kitchen and includes a vegetable patch, lawn and colourful borders.
The front entrance lobby, with tiled floor and coat storage space, leads into the sitting room. This has front and rear windows and stairs with a decorative balustrade to the first floor.
Dominated by a brick fireplace with curved pillars, a stone hearth, wooden mantle and woodburning stove, the sitting room is open to the dining room and has a deep understairs cupboard.
There is a leafy rear outlook through French doors and a side panel to the balcony. The 20ft-long balcony, with a shed beneath, has space for a table and chairs and gets the sun most of the day.
A cloakroom with white suite is positioned off a walkway with steps down to the kitchen. This front and rear-aspect room is fitted with beech-style Shaker units, dark work surface and splashback tiles, a gas hob, electric double oven and extractor. It has plumbing for a washing machine and dryer.
Also downstairs is a double bedroom overlooking the garden and with an en-suite shower room with white suite.
Back garden views can be seen from the upstairs landing and from the two bedrooms leading off.
Spacious bedroom one has a large and luxurious en-suite bathroom with a white suite including a spa bath, bidet, WC and handbasin.
Bedroom two is a smaller double-sized room, with an en-suite bathroom with a white suite.
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