The White House is an exceptional Edwardian villa in the heart of the pretty village of Bembridge just five minutes’ walk from the beach and set within captivating walled gardens.

This hidden treasure has influence from the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

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It was built as a summer villa before the First World War by the current owner’s grandfather who had commissioned Lutyens to remodel his 17th Century house in Leicestershire, Papillon Hall.

Part of the design for Papillon was incorporated into the design for The White House.

A recent comprehensive refurbishment has created a fun house with lovely interiors which suit both entertaining and family living and one of The White House’s key architectural features is the loggias which provide an idyllic link to the garden.

Most principal rooms enjoy a superb garden outlook and there are also glimpses to the harbour from the master bedroom suite.

The ground floor features an array of entertaining spaces and comfortable rooms including a large, impressive drawing room which looks out onto the garden. The well-appointed kitchen also incorporates a large dining area seating 16.

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There are beautiful reception rooms which are perfect for entertaining.

Modernisation has been achieved without sacrificing Edwardian elegance. The kitchen television, for example, is concealed behind a painting by the well-known marine artist Annabel Menheneott. The pantry is multi-purpose and has masses of storage space, a wine fridge and ice maker.

There is a steel gun cupboard and the rear hall of the house has a laundry room, shower room and a further cloakroom.

Beyond the drawing room are three further rooms, the Green Room has a parquet floor and is currently a study and the other two are arranged as bedrooms, but could equally serve as a family room and perhaps a library.

Upstairs, there are six spacious bedroom suites, all individually styled with distinctive character and names borrowed from iconic sailing races from around the globe. Of particular note is America’s Cup, a stunning enormous bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with double basins, a walk-in shower and a large Edwardian bath. Another room, Admiral’s Cup, also has a freestanding bath romantically raised on a dais.

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There are walled gardens.

The gardens are stunning and feature signature Lutyens arches.The white rendered walls enclose these private gardens among the various fountains, wisteria and pretty flowerbeds.

A pair of 18th Century lead figures of dancers stand above a flagstone path and there is a terrace for al fresco dining, plus parking for several cars and a large double garage with a barn door.

LOCATION: Bembridge
PRICE: £1,650,000
AGENT: Spence Willard
TEL: 01983 873000


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