Sold | Barn Conversion With Secondary Accommodation
| 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 3 Reception Rooms
ANOTHER PROPERTY SOLD BY BILES & CO A beautiful period barn conversion located in a stunning high rural downland location with spacious secondary accommodation and superb countryside views
A beautiful period barn conversion located in a stunning high rural downland location with spacious secondary accommodation and superb countryside views.
The property occupies an elevated position on Rowridge Down at the head of a beautiful valley in the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is approached over a tarmacadem private (shared) lane approximately 1.4 miles long. It is rare to find such a quiet rural position in the middle of such wonderful walking country with superb walks available from the doorstep. The garden is bordered on three sides by open fields making for a quiet, secluded setting.
Originally converted in 1986, with additional accommodation above the open-fronted garaging added around 1990, the barn provides extensive and versatile accommodation. There are plenty of original features and character with exposed stonework and a number of vaulted ceilings. Large windows and the southerly aspect provide particularly light and airy accommodation with glorious views over the spectacular surrounding countryside. The N.W. (front) elevation overlooks the garden whilst the rear (S.E.) overlooks lawned back garden and downland fields. The original barn conversion comprises four bedrooms (originally five), with the additional accommodation created above the extensive garaging currently used as a large self-contained apartment but would also lend itself to a variety of other uses including holiday lettings or a large office space. There is one neighbouring property and a nearby farm and prominent television mast.
ENTRANCE HALL with timber staircase.
SHOWER ROOM with W.C.
SITTING ROOM with white-washed and exposed stone walls and fireplace (that formerly housed a wood-burning stove).
The CONSERVATORY extending along the S.E. Elevation, double glazed and providing superb country views.
The open plan KITCHEN/DINING ROOM has an oil-fired Rayburn range cooker (providing hot water and heating), built-in cupboards with work surfaces and sink unit. Utility Room/ pantry with sink unit, space for washing machine and dishwasher.
STUDY overlooking the front garden.
A GALLERIED LANDING with vaulted ceiling and seating/study area.
BEDROOM 1 A triple-aspect room with wonderful views and bathroom 'en-suite' including a corner bath, WC and wash basin.
There are THREE ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS (2, 3 & 4) within the main barn, one of which was historically two separate rooms. BEDROOM 4 has built-in bunk beds. There is ample eaves and loft storage and a second BATHROOM.
Over the GARAGING there is extensive further first floor accommodation that can either be accessed independently from the outside (up its own staircase) or from the first floor landing. This versatile space currently provides a spacious one bedroom apartment with large OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/ LIVING ROOM and partially vaulted ceiling with wonderful southerly views. A largely glazed partition leads to a well-proportioned STUDIO/MUSIC ROOM with extensive built-in cupboards. Fixed wooden steps lead up to an attic play area or mezzanine sleeping area with sloping eaves. Further bedroom(s) and bathroom(s) could be potentially provided with this large open space.
A gated gravelled drive with turning circle provides ample parking in addition to the four bay open-fronted integral garage. The gardens extend to approximately 1.4 acres and largely comprise of lawns with various mature specimen and orchard trees including apples (cookers and eaters) plum and damson. There is a former dew pond with adjacent summer house/store and also the stone and brick base of a former barn within the front garden. This building blew down in 1987 but could potentially be rebuilt or used as little ancillary accommodation, subject to obtaining any necessary statutory consents.
SERVICES & HEATING
Mains water and electricity. Heating via the oil-fired Rayburn, (the ancillary accommodation above the garage has electrical heating). Private drainage.
Proceed along the B3401 from Newport west via Carisbrooke to the Blacksmiths Arms and after a further 0.4 mile take the turning left into Rowridge Lane. Follow the lane for approximately a mile and then bear right up the hill at the top of which the road forks close to the television mast. Take the left fork and after approximately 100 metres you will come to the property.
Rowridge is within one of the largest areas on the island which is uncrossed by public roads. Extending from Carisbrooke nearly 5 miles to Brighstone (S.W.) and over 3 miles from Shorewell (S.E.) to Calbourne (N.W.) the area includes the famous Tennyson Trail and numerous other footpaths and bridleways. - A true haven for walkers, riders, wildlife lovers and mountain bikers. Red Squirrels, Badgers and Foxes are all frequently seen as well as extensive bird life including Owls, Buzzards and Skylarks.
Calbourne is a popular West Wight village just about 4 miles west of the Island's main shopping and administrative centre of Newport and about 7 miles from Freshwater. Within the village there is a church, inn, community centre, tennis court, farm shop and water mill with restaurant. The countryside is beautiful and unspoiled. It offers access to footpaths and long distance Island trails. The spectacular and rural south west coast of the Island with its cliffs and sandy beaches is only three miles as the crow flies.
Carisbrooke is a fine old village about 1.5 miles west of Newport and boasts a local supermarket, 2 inns, a church, choice of primary schools, secondary school, doctors surgery, chemist, restaurant and is close to footpaths leading onto the Island's long distance trails. Carisbrooke is well known for its famous and historic castle which dominates the skyline and was once the scene of the incarceration of King Charles I. A regular bus service operates into the town centre at Newport.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT
The Isle of Wight, situated off the South Coast of England, is becoming an ever-more popular location for permanent and second homes. Made popular by Queen Victoria, who had her maritime residence at Osborne, the Island is famous for sailing in the Solent; for Cowes Week; for its beautiful coastline including sandy beaches and The Needles; spectacular countryside and long sunshine hours. There are now many more facilities than once was the case, Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S and now Waitrose all now have a presence as have other national chains. Communication and transport links are excellent; regular car ferries connect with the national motorway network and fast catamarans have connections via Southampton and Portsmouth with direct trains to London Waterloo which can be reached within 2 hours of leaving the Island shore. Government-funded schools are numerous and independent schools thrive on the Island with some children attending prep and public schools on the mainland. Leisure opportunities abound - walking, riding, paragliding, hang-gliding, team sports, sailing, wind surfing and other water sports, rugby, football (Newport Football Club) cricket and golf clubs. Good transport links enable day trips to the shopping centres of West Quay, Southampton and Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.