THIS PROPERTY Westbourne House is a delightful Grade II listed property located in one of the few spots in Cowes which has water frontage including a slipway.
Built in 1752 by Stephen Day, it formed one half of Birmingham Hall, the other part known as Medina House. A plaque on the outside wall records the birth of Thomas Arnold in June 1795 who later became the Headmaster of Rugby School, making the institution noted as one of the best amongst English public schools of the day. The home later became a private school for girls in the 1920's which is when it became known as Westbourne House.
Today the property retains the elegance of the Georgian period with features that include an imposing facade of Neoclassical style with stucco columns and an original front door that opens to an impressive hallway. Large sash windows allow the south facing front of the home a beautiful quality of light.
Arranged over 4 stories, Westbourne House has rooms that offer versatility of uses, and include four double bedrooms, three with ensuites, a large office, a snug that opens to a full width terrace, a large formal drawing room, an artist's studio and a welcoming kitchen/breakfast room which is truly the central heart of the home. All the rooms at the rear of the property enjoy superb views of Cowes Harbour across to Portsmouth and the mainland.
The slipway is a huge and sought after asset to this property, it is large and recently refurbished, offering a home for watercraft, secure parking for your cars and a place to sit and enjoy the comings and goings on the water.
The property is literally a few minutes walk away from all the amenities that Cowes Town has to offer right on your doorstep, including Sailing and Yacht Clubs, restaurants, bars and shops. The fast speed passenger service Redjet is a few minutes walk away as is the connection for the vehicle ferry to Southampton just along the road and across on the chain link ferry.
ENTRANCE HALL Beautiful entrance hall, the staircase with original carved detailing leading up to the first and second floors. Doors to:
RECEPTION/OFFICE Reception room currently is use as an office with an original fireplace. Sash windows to the front.
SNUG Cosy room with a fireplace and sash window to the rear with views across the harbour. Door to large decked terrace measuring
RECEPTION/BEDROOM Lovely light room with sash windows giving views across to the harbour. Currently used as an artists studio but would also make a good double bedroom.
1ST FLOOR The staircase leads up to the very light landing with a coat cupboard and two sash windows to the front. Doors to:
DRAWING ROOM Covering the full width of the house, an elegant drawing room with four sash windows to the rear has wonderful views of the water and harbour. Original features including detailed door architrave and handsome fireplace.
BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE Sunny bedroom with sash windows to the front. Door to ensuite with low level WC, wash basin and shower.
2ND FLOOR The staircase winds up to the top floor landing, sunny with sash windows to the front. Access to the loft which is fully insulated and partially boarded. Doors to:
BEDROOM A double bedroom with far reaching views across the harbour and Solent to Portsmouth and Southampton water. Fitted wardrobes to the eaves, dressing table and bedside units.
SHOWER ROOM A smart shower room with ample built in cupboards, shower, low level WC and counter top wash basin. Window to the front.
MASTER BEDROOM Well appointed and generous master bedroom with sash windows affording gorgeous Solent and harbour views. Built in wardrobes, dressing table and bedside units. Doorway through to:
ENSUITE AND DRESSING ROOM Large dressing area with ensuite that includes wc, washbasin and shower. Built in hanging wardrobes and cupboards. Window to the front.
LOWER FLOOR Staircase with panelling leads to the lower floor, the hallway has built in cupboards and a door to the parking area, slipway and decked terrace. Doors to:
UTILITY ROOM/CLOAKROOM Fitted with a low level WC, storage cupboard and space and plumbing for both washing machine and tumble dryer. Window to the front.
BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE BATHROOM A generous double room which is very tranquil. Built in wardrobes. Sash window to the front. Door giving access to covered and secure storage areas. Door to ensuite, fitted with a bath with shower over, low level WC and washbasin.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM A truly inviting and special room with underfloor heating! Fitted with handmade painted wooden 'Shaker' style units with solid wood work surfaces. A large island with antiqued granite work surface and inset basin with tap provides excellent work surface space and incorporates an integral 'Miele' dishwasher and separate wine fridge. Other integral appliances include a 'Miele' combination oven/grill/microwave and induction hob. A coveted Aga in situ keeps the large space cosy. Sash window to the front, plus bi folding wooden doors open to the slipway, parking area, garden terrace and water.
OUTSIDE In recent years the present owners have upgraded the slipway at the rear by resurfacing and landscaping the whole area to include a large driveway accessed via a 5 bar gate at the side, a slipway that can accommodate at least 2 watercraft and a decked terrace right by the waters edge. The area to the front has an original wall and iron gates leading to the front of the elegant home.
OTHER INFORMATION Westbourne House is south facing at the front, with sun streaming through large sash windows into all the front facing rooms and landings- giving a special light quality throughout. Original features abound and include working fireplaces, decorative architraves, wooden internal shutters and fabulous staircase. Houses of this genre and quality rarely come to the market also with an interesting and historic past, we strongly recommend viewing this home to fully appreciate the flexibility of the accommodation and it's superior location with water frontage. Viewing by appointment 7 days a week.
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