LOCATION: Sandford

BEDROOMS: Four

PRICE: £650,000

AGENT: Fine and Country

TEL: 01983 520000

The Island is blessed with an abundance of quaint, thatched properties, all radiating their chocolate-box charm.

Perhaps none so much as The Cottage, in Shanklin Road, Sandford, which has to be the epitome of homes you’ll find in this category.

Steeped in history, it has all the credentials expected of a quintessentially English cottage and is grade-II listed to help preserve its 400 year old character.

Occupying a large plot, which is sheltered from the road by mature trees and borders rolling fields at the back, the garden is mainly laid to lawn, with a pretty pond and a good range of shrubs for those with a keen eye for gardening.

There is a little secluded area housing a versatile, insulated summer house, which is currently used as a gym but could also provide a superb home office, studio or children’s playhouse. The current owners have also fitted a luxurious hot tub within this tucked away leafy glade.

As you approach The Cottage from the long driveway, you come to the ample parking area and access to the large, detached garage at the rear.

The main entrance is via a traditional stone porch, with original style wooden door. The reception space immediately inside is particularly impressive and is divided by the open staircase, to provide a sitting area one side and formal dining room the other. There is stylish parquet flooring, and beautiful fireplaces, with exposed stonework, at each end of this room.

The main lounge beyond the sitting area is a big room, enhanced by exposed beams and a stunning carved wall mounting within the inglenook fireplace. The dual-aspect room features double doors to the rear garden and is filled with natural light.

The kitchen/breakfast room has an attractive built-in breakfast area and space for a large range-style cooker. Adjoining this room is a boot room and generous utility room, as well as a lovely conservatory. This is the perfect place for a leisurely morning coffee with the papers, or pre-dinner drinks when you are entertaining guests.

Bedroom four (or a study) is on the ground floor too, as well as an elegant bathroom, complete with claw-foot bath.

The first-floor accommodation comprises three bedrooms, two of which are doubles. The third bedroom is currently used as a dressing room, offering access to the separate cloakroom, with WC, and master bedroom.

There is a separate shower room, with contemporary fixtures.