For Sale | Flat
| 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2 Reception Rooms
A luxurious 2-3 bedroom period apartment in a prestigious and historic Grade II listed house. Standing in a commanding position overlooking the English Channel amidst wonderful rolling countryside with wide-ranging coastal and sea views. Parking, garaging, balcony terrace and shared grounds including tennis court, all within 4 minutes drive of the sea and the rural beaches of the National Trust coastline of Brook and Compton Bay.
A luxurious 2-3 bedroom period apartment in a prestigious and historic Grade II listed house. Standing in a commanding position overlooking the English Channel amidst wonderful rolling countryside with wide-ranging coastal and sea views. Parking, garaging, balcony terrace and shared grounds including tennis court, all within 4 minutes drive of the sea and the rural beaches of the National Trust coastline of Brook and Compton Bay. A private drive leads from the coastal village of Brook to the hill top where Brook Hill House sits in a commanding position with spectacular views of the Island's magnificent south-west Heritage Coast. Built in the very early 20th Century for Sir Charles Seely by Sir Aston Webb - the architect of Buckingham Palace frontage, Admiralty Arch and Britannia Naval College Dartmouth – Brook Hill House was sympathetically divided into six luxurious apartments some 35 years ago, each offering peace and tranquillity. The well-kept communal grounds offer a magical setting with established planting, banks of rhododendrons, hideaways and dramatic views. The sheltered waters of the Solent offer world famous sailing from the nearby towns of Yarmouth and Cowes and more locally a range of water sports and country pursuits are available.
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The apartment has a private ground floor entrance hall, 2 double bedrooms with bathrooms 'en-suite', a further double bedroom with potential for shower room 'en-suite', fitted kitchen, cloakroom and a drawing room with fabulous views. An outside terrace with easterly aspect is ideal for breakfast. This stunning apartment is presented in immaculate order; has a wealth of period features and has been sympathetically decorated to a high standard. There are deep skirting boards, coved ceilings, a working fireplace and original teak-framed sash windows. Bespoke joinery provides window seats with storage below, designed to take full advantage of the stunning views.
A private ground floor entrance leads to:
Reception Hall: With parquet floor and deep under stairs storage cupboard. Double height ceiling and solid wood staircase, with wooden balustrades and hand rail to:
Landing: With inner doorway to the apartment and door to:
Terrace: With stone mullion and wrought iron surround, this east facing balcony is ideal for breakfast and morning sun. Synthetic grass surface for ease of maintenance.
Hallway: With sea grass flooring and accommodation off to include:
Cloakroom: Fitted with WC, wash basin and built-in storage/airing cupboard housing hot water tank with electric immersion heater.
Dining Room/Bedroom 3: This flexible room is currently used as a dining room and study. A double built-in cupboard has plumbing and has potential for conversion to provide 'en-suite' shower facilities. The window has country and sea views and is the perfect place to work from.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room: Fitted with solid wood painted base and wall units, vented larder cupboard, with basket storage drawers below and integral appliances to include fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Black Corian work surfaces with moulded drainer and upstands are inset with deep Belfast sink. Electric hob with combination microwave oven below and extractor hood. Parquet floor and room for breakfast table. South-facing window with built-in seat and views of the countryside and sea.
Drawing Room: A well-proportioned room with southerly aspect and open fireplace with tiled hearth and wood surround. Three windows with built in seats take full advantage of the fabulous views over Brook village, rolling countryside and to the sea beyond. Parquet floor, moulded coving, sea grass flooring and wall lighting.
Master Bedroom: With sea grass flooring, two windows with seating and storage. Central light and coved ceiling. Bathroom 'en-suite': Fitted with suite comprising wash basin, WC and bath with glass screen and shower over. Heated towel rail. Window with window seat.
Bedroom 2: With sea grass flooring and two sash windows with built-in seats and storage. Large built-in cupboard. Sea grass flooring and coved ceiling.
Bathroom 'en-suite': Fitted with suite comprising wash basin, WC and bath with glass screen and shower over. Heated towel rail.
Access is over a private shared drive. A sweeping gravel courtyard provides generous parking, with turning off to: Garage 'en bloc': Double garage with up and over door, cold water supply, power and lighting.
Communal grounds: Natural rock steps lead to the beautifully landscaped gardens, which have been planted to provide interest and colour all year round. A hard surface tennis court is screened by a recently renewed catch net fence and hedging. A natural garden with established specimen trees and shrubs including many rhododendron
offering hideaways and opportunity for dining 'al-fresco' in fabulous and dramatic viewpoints. Vegetable and Fruit Garden: An area has been dedicated to growing produce in a series of green houses and raised beds. The produce is shared between the owners.
Brook Hill House was built in the early 20th Century for Sir Charles Seely by Sir Aston Webb - the architect of Buckingham Palace's frontage, Admiralty Arch and Britannia Naval College Dartmouth. Seely had been informed that he should live at higher altitudes as the air would be better for his chest. Sadly he died in 1915 just after the house was completed. The Seelys were coalfield owners from Nottinghamshire. Sir Charles was a landowner, noted philanthropist and Liberal M.P. He was one of the richest men in the country – his Will being the second largest published in the Times in the year of his death. His son Gen JEB Seely was Secretary of State for War and fought in WW1 (with his famous charger Warrior), and was a close friend of Winston Churchill.
Brook Hill House was subsequently sold by the Seelys and was occupied by Sir Hanson Rowbotham who was a great agriculturalist – improving many Island farms and famous for his beautiful chestnut-coloured Suffolk Punch carthorses. In the 1950s it was rented by JB Priestley the famous novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, broadcaster and 'champagne socialist'. His working day at Brook Hill would start with a huge breakfast, after which he would retire to his study until lunchtime, to re-emerge for fierce tennis, tea on the terrace, cocktails, and a late dinner. At night he would challenge his guests that they could look at the lights of Bournemouth and 'thank God you're not there.' Priestley entertained many famous people at Brook Hill including Iris Murdoch, Julian Huxley, Mortimer Wheeler, Compton Mackenzie, Dilys Powell, and historian A J P Taylor.
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. 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 (Ryde School and Priory School) 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.
Brook is situated on the south west coast of the Island between Brighstone and Freshwater and borders a section of rugged coastline, facing the English Channel and towards the famous Needles and west Wight cliffs. Brook's attraction is its proximity to a section of coast which is used for walking, fossil hunting, kite-surfing and windsurfing.
Services and Heating:
Heating via mains electric night storage heaters throughout the apartment. Hot water from electric immersion heater. Mains water and shared private drainage. The night storage heaters and hot water are run off an "Economy 7" meter.
Council Tax: Band F - Amount Payable 2017/8: £2,409.74
Tenure & Possession: Leasehold. A 999 year lease from 1983. The Freehold is vested in Brook Hill (No 2) Management Limited which has 6 shareholders, one £1 share for each of the 6 apartments. Maintenance & Service Charges: £300pcm which includes: Buildings Insurance, Ground Rent, external maintenance and upkeep of all communal areas. Gardening and share of produce grown. Communal electricity currently. Additional Services: All the apartments at Brook Hill House benefit from free Wi-Fi under an arrangement with a local internet provider with equipment in the communal grounds.
Viewing is strictly by appointment with the Agents Biles & Co. To view this property please contact our Isle of Wight office on 01983 872335