Cowes, Isle Of Wight

Guide price

Bedrooms: 3
1 Thornhill

Thornhill was built for the Duke of Norfolk in around 1845, on the site of Corke's Lodgings where Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton once stayed. Thornhill was later owned by Arthur Guinness and in 1951 was purchased by the Royal Yacht Squadron as additional accommodation for members, but later became private apartments. 1 Thornhill is the largest of the apartments in the building and has its own independent access from both the front and rear elevations (and onto both floors). The apartment has some particularly fine reception rooms, with the spectacular drawing room being a really special feature, with high ceilings, decorative mouldings and French doors opening to the balcony and providing a wonderful vantage point. In addition is a sitting room, a formal dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room, a large utility room, as well as three bedroom suites. There is dedicated parking immediately adjacent, as well as direct access to the lawned communal garden to the front of the building that overlooks The Solent.

The apartment occupies a superb location elevated immediately to the rear of the Royal Yacht Squadron and with wonderful views stretching over the Harbour Entrance and Solent towards the Hampshire Coast, encompassing the Squadron start line and frequent sailing and shipping activity. The apartment is excellently placed to access the principal yacht clubs whilst the town centre is a short walk away with a range of shops and restaurants as well as the high speed Red Jet ferry service to Southampton.

Ground Floor

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

Fitted with a good range of built-in cupboards with solid Beech worksurfaces incorporating a 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit with twin ovens, integral dishwashers and alcove housing five-ring Vulcan gas hob with extractor above. Timber flooring throughout. Walk-in pantry with space for fridge freezer and built-in shelving. The room opens into a dining area and has a part-glazed door leading to the garden and providing sea views.

Dining Room

A beautifully proportioned room with a series of windows along the front elevation providing direct sea views.

Utility Room

A large secondary kitchen/utility area with a range of built-in cupboards with worksurfaces incorporating sink unit and appliances (including oven, hob, freezer, washing machine and dryer). Linen cupboard housing Vaillant gas fired boiler. Part-glazed door leading to the rear terrace (described below).

Bedroom 2

A double bedroom with a southerly aspect and built-in wardrobes.

Bathroom En-Suite

Tiled throughout with a bath, separate shower over, wash basin and WC.

Bedroom 3

A double bedroom with built-in wardrobe.

Bathroom En-Suite

Bath with separate shower over, wash basin and WC.

First Floor

Drawing Room

A spectacular and beautifully proportioned room with high ceilings, French doors and deep sash windows to a wide bay providing exceptional views over the Solent incorporating the Harbour Entrance, start lines & Hampshire Coast. With wooden flooring, open fireplace set in a carved stone surround and decorative moulding to the ceiling. French doors open to:


Enclosed with glazing and with a glazed roof, this forms a superb seating area from which to enjoy the panoramic views with steps down to the garden and parking area.

Sitting Room

A further reception room with extensive built-in bookshelving and cupboards, a decorative fireplace housing a gas fire and a wide bay window from which direct Solent views can be enjoyed.

Bedroom 1

A good sized double bedroom with a southerly aspect with a wide opening one end to:

Bathroom En-Suite

With a roll-top bath, wash basin set on marble surface with cupboard beneath and WC.

Shower Room En-Suite

A large walk-in shower, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Dressing Room

Fitted with an extensive range of built-in cupboards and shoe racks.

Entrance Lobby

Situated on the southern elevation accessed from the parking area is a partially glazed lobby with a timber doors opening to the Drawing Room (currently sealed).


Adjacent to the entrance into Thornhill, a pair of wrought-iron gates lead to two private parking spaces alongside to the apartment, which can be accessed either from the ground floor or first floor. The enclosed balcony has steps to the communal lawned garden overlooking The Solent whilst there is also a paved south facing courtyard providing a sheltered seating area from which steps lead up to a wrought-iron gate opening to the parking area. Adjacent garden store/wood shed.


Mains water, electricity, drainage and gas. Gas fired central heating. There are separate electric and gas meters serving each floor of the apartment.


198 year lease from 1977 and a share of the freehold, (each of the 8 apartments have an equal share of the freehold). Service charge of £550 per quarter. The lease contains restrictions on keeping pets.


Rating D


PO31 7QU


All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents, Spence Willard.

Important Notice

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