IF YOU have always fancied living in the countryside, look no further than this beautiful property in Chapel Lane, Merstone.

The good life really does beckon with this spacious, five-bedroom, detached home, complete with approximately 3.5 acres, stables and sand-school.

The sand-school is particularly handy for those times when it’s a bit windy or icy and you don’t really want to risk riding your horse out into the neighbouring network of quiet roads and bridlepaths.

Situated on a tranquil country lane within the hamlet of Merstone, this versatile family home is an equestrian enthusiast’s dream.

It occupies an enviable position with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

You’ll be pleased to find there are several outbuildings which can be used as garages, workshops etc — perfect for the handyman with a large restoration project or two on the go.

There is also handy off-road parking for several vehicles, so you don’t need to worry about where guests are going to park when they visit.

There is plenty of living space inside the house, with a 23ft family room being a particularly popular feature, with its gorgeous views and sociable atmosphere.

There is also a good-sized lounge, plus a modern kitchen and a pleasant conservatory for all the family to enjoy.

There are five bedrooms to accommodate a budding family and getting ready to go out for a family occasion shouldn’t be a problem either, as there are three bathrooms — including one wet room — to cater for any sudden demand.

Three of the bedrooms are also on the ground floor, which could be a real advantage if you are a multi-generational family with older relatives living with you.

They won’t have to tackle the stairs and they can easily reach the kitchen, reception rooms and the lovely conservatory.

Upstairs, there are a further two double bedrooms and a shower room.

This property really comes into its own when you head outside — the grounds are superbly cared for with approximately 3.5 acres of land, including front and rear gardens and grazing for horses, goats or other livestock.

The current owner said: “I’ve lived here for 19 years and have absolutely loved the lifestyle it has been able to provide me.

“The time has come where I need to downsize and therefore I will look to stay local, but without the amount of land I have here.”

Merstone is in the rural heart of the Island, but it is only a short drive from the capital town of Newport, or to either Ryde, Cowes or East Cowes for mainland ferry connections.

LOCATION: Merstone

Bedrooms: Five

Price: £625,000

Agent: Trigg and Co

Phone: 525710