Oakhill An elegant period house situated in a prime, elevated position with wonderful sea views.
Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, 7 to 8 bedrooms, study, 6 bath/shower rooms. Separate studio with shower room. Sail loft, stores and parking for 2 cars. Mature gardens.
Oakhill is situated within the Conservation Area of Cowes, just 200m from the sea front and a short walk from the Royal Yacht Squadron and other principal yacht clubs. Its elevated position provides enviable views of The Solent. The facilities of Cowes are within easy walking distance as are the frequent Red-Jet passenger ferry services to Southampton (taking about 25 minutes). World renowned for its sailing, Cowes has a range of restaurants and pubs providing a thriving social scene. Nearby Northwood Park (accessible from virtually opposite Oakhill) provides tennis courts and a putting green whilst there is a 9 hole golf course close by. The Isle of Wight has many areas of unspoilt countryside much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as stretches of Heritage Coastline. The Island is served by three separate car ferry routes (including East Cowes to Southampton) and in addition to the Cowes to Southampton Red Jet service there are additional high speed passenger services from Ryde to Portsmouth and Southsea, all of which provide good access to the mainland train and motorway network as well as nearby Southampton Airport.
Oakhill was built in the early 19th Century in the style of John Nash. The house was sympathetically renovated by the current owners in around 2001 and retains many original features including period fireplaces, ornate skirting and cornices and good ceiling heights. The principal rooms have deep windows taking in sea views and there are balconies to both the dining room and main bedroom. In addition to the flexible accommodation there is a detached studio/office as well as a sail loft/store. The gardens include an extensive terrace, lawns interspersed with well stocked borders and trees, all overlooking The Solent.
The current owners have, operated a high quality Bed & Breakfast facility which offers a great opportunity with the house easily divided to form both owners and guest accommodation. Oakhill also provides a rare chance to acquire a wonderful family home in a prominent position, with a large garden and wonderful views.
Ground Floor To the eastern elevation is an ornate open sided porch with arched double doors opens to:
Reception Hall Original wooden flooring and elegant period staircase leading off to the first floor. To the western elevation is a further entrance with flag stone flooring.
Dining Room A stunning reception room with deep windows to two elevations with two sets of windows opening to the balcony and providing stunning sea views. Ornate period fireplace with marble surround and mantelshelf, wooden floor boards, original coving.
Drawing Room A well proportioned room with a bay window providing wonderful Solent views. Ornate period fireplace with marble surround.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room Comprising kitchen area fitted with a range of matching cupboards, 1 ½ bowl ceramic sink unit with mixer tap set in Beech work surfaces. Twin Miele ovens and a Siemens Halogen hob set in period iron fireplace surround with extractor above. Built-in period dresser with glazed section allowing sea views from the Kitchen through the Drawing Room. Flagstone flooring. To the far end of the room is a breakfast/dining area with built-in bench seating.
Utility Room Butler sink, space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. Period fireplace, cupboard housing ‘Megaflow’ direct hot water cylinder and ‘Vaillant’ gas fired boiler.
Cloakroom WC, travertine tiling, extractor fan.
Landing With roof lantern. To either end of the landing are 2 shower rooms each incorporating shower cubicles, WC and wash hand basin. The western shower room has built-in linen cupboards and a glazed hatch leading to the roof where there is a level area surrounding the roof light.
Bedroom 1 A well-proportioned room with deep windows opening to a balcony from which there are panoramic views across The Solent.
Shower Room En Suite Tiled throughout, large walk-in shower. Wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. Window seat with sea views.
Bedroom 2 Panoramic sea views, built in cupboard.
Bedroom 3 A double aspect room with deep windows providing panoramic Solent views. Ornate cast iron fireplace.
Shower Room En Suite Tiled walling, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 4 A south facing room with period fireplace.
Bedroom 5 Period fireplace, built in cupboards.
Shower Room Shower, WC and wash basin
Study/Bedroom 6 A south facing room.
Lower Ground Floor
Wine Cellar/Store With brick floor and flagstone shelving.
Bedroom 7 Painted wooden floorboards, original cast iron range cooker set in stone surround with shelving to either side. A range of cupboards with hanging space and shelving. Solent views.
Bedroom 8 Painted brick flooring, Solent views and a range of built-in cupboards.
Wet Room Walk-in shower, WC, wash hand basin.
Studio A brick built building a short distance from the house which has in recent years been upgraded to form a studio with tiled floor, roof light, deep windows and French doors provide views over the terrace to The Solent.
Shower Room With shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin, lobby with stable door to outside and separate WC (providing facilities easily accessible from the garden).
Gardens To the west of the house is an extensive paved terrace, providing a superb location for outdoor entertaining and from which the sea views can be enjoyed. To the west of the property is a brick built store/sail loft comprising 2 open stores at the garden level and a small garage/sail loft (3.94 x 4.74m) above accessible from Baring Road and via steps from the terrace. Adjacent is parking for 2 cars.
From the terrace, steps lead to a path meandering between well stocked borders with a range of flowering shrubs including azaleas and rhododendrons, stone edged paths lead to a lawn with further borders, and mature trees providing an attractive setting overlooking the sea.
There are two pairs of stone gate pillars to either end of the house providing pedestrian access to the property.
Directions From The Parade proceed up the hill past the Royal Yacht Squadron onto Baring Road, Oakhill is found on the right hand side after about 200m.
Postcode PO31 8DB
Services Mains water, electricity, drainage and gas. Gas fired central heating.
Viewings All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents.
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