Cowes, Isle Of Wight

Guide price

Bedrooms: 5
Debourne Manor

This stunning period house provides spacious rooms with some superb original features. The property, having been in the same ownership since the 1980s has had the fabric of the building largely maintained but is in need of modernisation. There are good size windows to most rooms overlooking the gardens providing a light feel. The house is not Listed and is partly attached with some of the former outbuildings having historically been converted into other houses with one forming a large garage/store. The house is approached over a gated, gravelled "in and out" driveway, either side of which are mature gardens. Debourne has an interesting history with records extending back to 1160 when the land was granted to the Priory of Christchurch. The land had West Cowes Castle built on part of it in 1541 and in the 1700s Lord Mount Edgecumbe is recorded to have owned Debourne Farm then extending to 142 acres. The house was once owned by Sir William Hoffmeister, elected Surgeon to the Royal Yacht Squadron and Medical Attendant to Queen Victoria and the Royal Family when staying at Osborne, (he also attended on the Queen at Balmoral).

The property is situated in a quiet residential area approximately a mile from the centre of Cowes, internationally renowned for sailing and with a good range of restaurants, bars and boutique shops as well as high speed passenger ferry services to Southampton. The seafront of Gurnard is around half a mile with its sailing club with nearby pub and local shops and café.


Ground Floor

A carved stone opening leads to a Covered Porch with flagstone floor and partly glazed front door:

Entrance Hall

Extending through to the kitchen with a door to the rear garden, staircase to first floor and wide opening to:

Dining Room

Featuring a superb period fireplace with carved stone surround housing a wood burning stove, with a dual aspect outlook to the gardens.

Sitting Room

A beautifully proportioned room overlooking both the front and rear gardens, featuring a period fireplace.

Shower Room

Shower, washbasin and wc. Adjacent airing cupboard.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

A characterful room with windows both sides with an outlook to the garden and featuring an old brick chimney breast. There are a good range of oak fronted base and wall cupboards with worksurfaces with space for oven, washing machine, fridge/freezer. Space for a dining table. Potterton gas fired boiler..

A further hallway

Extends from the dining room to the drawing room where there is access to the rear garden and a large walk in Store Room.

Drawing Room

An exceptionally spacious and impressive reception room with a high beamed ceiling and a south facing bay window incorporating stone mullioned windows overlooking the garden. In addition, there is an open fireplace with oak surround and mantle shelf.

First Floor

Outlook over the garden.


Bedroom 2

A good sized double bedroom with dual aspect and built-in cupboards.

Shower Room

Large shower, washbasin, wc and bidet. Airing cupboard.

Bedroom 3

A double bedroom with built-in cupboards and westerly sea glimpses.

Bedroom 1

A spacious double bedroom with a southerly outlook over the garden and a good range of built-in cupboards.

Dressing Room/Bedroom 4


Bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, washbasin and wc.

Second Floor

Bedroom 5

Steps lead up to a dual aspect attic room with a sloping ceiling, built in cupboard and views over the western Solent.


A gated driveway leads to a gravelled parking area providing extensive parking and leading past the garage and front of the house to a separate exit onto Debourne Manor Drive.

The principal gardens lie to the eastern side of the house with a largely southerly aspect. From the driveway a gateway leads into an old stone walled garden and a flagstone path leads to the front door and is flanked by lawns and various mature shrubs and well planted borders. On the opposite side of the drive is a further area of garden with a range of trees and flowering shrubs with what was once used as a croquet lawn, now a wildflower garden. To the southern side of the house is a side / rear garden and includes a variety of mature fruit trees and a stone paved terrace. A path leads round to the rear of the kitchen where there is a further small garden with a variety of shrubs and trees including an ancient mulberry tree.

Adjacent to the driveway formed from a period building (attached on to the adjoining houses) is a large Garage with two adjacent Stores served by power.


Mains water, electricity, drainage and gas. Gas fired central heating.


Rating TBC

Post Code

PO31 8TS


Strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents, Spence Willard

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