Here is your chance to buy a piece of Island history and get a lovely bed and breakfast business into the bargain.

Keats Cottage is a beautiful seven-bedroom bed and breakfast in a fantastic location in Shanklin Old Village.

The house was named after John Keats, the English Romantic poet who stayed at the property — then named Eglatine Cottage — in the summer of 1819 and wrote some of his poems there.

His poetry, as well as Blake’s, Shelley’s, Byron’s and Tennyson’s after whom further rooms are named, is readily available at Keats Cottage.

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Steeped in history and with parts of the building dating back more than 400 years, Keats Cottage has been lovingly refurbished and could include some owner’s accommodation if required.

The property is set over three floors and offers beautiful accommodation throughout.

The breakfast room has also been utilised as a very well-known and well-regarded licensed restaurant, offering 24 covers.

On the ground floor, there is an entrance hall with a reception desk and stairs to the first floor, plus the breakfast room/restaurant with a feature bow window and direct access from the high street.

There’s a commercial kitchen, plus the owners’ kitchen, a snug which is currently utilised by the owners but could be offered as a lounge for residents if required, a WC and a laundry.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Each of the beautiful bedroom suites are named after writers.

On the first floor, there are four suites — named after the writers Shelley, Byron, Keats and Wilde.

The Shelley, Byron and Keats suites each have a bedroom, a feature bow window and a shower room.

The Wilde Suite is larger with a sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, and could be used as the owners’ accommodation if required.

Upstairs on the second floor are the Tennyson Suite and the Blake Suite and both have a bedroom and a shower room.

Outside, there is a rear garden, which is raised and laid to lawn with various shrubs and borders.

The property is very well regarded and has a high percentage of repeat custom every year.

Full accounts can be made available to bona fide applicants once a viewing has been undertaken and a non-disclosure agreement has been signed.

Shanklin Old Village is a popular location with tourists and locals alike and offers an abundance of charm and character. Shanklin beach is within a five-minute walk, as is Shanklin Chine.

LOCATION: Shanklin
PRICE: £460,000
AGENT: HRD Commercial
TEL: 527727

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