PRICE: £775,000

AGENT: Hose Rhodes Dickson Country Homes

TEL: 521155

Unique selling point: A private path to the beach, an outbuilding with conversion potential and the sheer amount of space on offer make this pretty cottage a must see.

Tucked away behind walled gardens, Haviland Cottage is not so shy when it comes to revealing the whole host of surprises it has up its sleeve. The large established gardens in Madeira Road are blessed with a wealth of mature trees and shrubs, including Mediterranean-style plants and a specimen walnut tree. A paved courtyard area leads you to a secret garden worthy of any children's novel, with feature pond, and — the best bit — a gateway to a private pathway down to Shore Road and the beach at Bonchurch.

Also included in the sale is a large, brick-built outbuilding, which provides ideal storage for bikes and gardening equipment or could even be turned into additional accommodation or an office, subject to planning approval. A separate garage and parking for two cars are also part of the package.

Haviland oozes chocolate-box cottage appeal from the outside, yet inside is a lot bigger than you might imagine. In excellent decorative order throughout, two of the four bedrooms are ensuite and the addition of a conservatory/garden room has opened up the kitchen to great effect.

This sociable space has a central island with an inset ceramic sink and granite work surfaces, as well as an attractive range of bespoke floor and wall cupboards. The dining area has ample room for a table and chairs and it's easy to imagine just how amazing the summer months will be, with the French doors opening onto the courtyard.

Over the winter, you can snuggle up in the sitting room, with its multi-fuel burner, and useful fitted storage cupboards and shelving. The adjacent study or hobby room is another bonus on the ground floor, plus you have one of the ensuite bedrooms on this level, featuring a shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

Upstairs are three further bedrooms, with bedroom one being a generous 16ft by 13ft. Bedroom three has the ensuite facility and there is a family bathroom too, with a contemporary white suite.