Couthy Butts Farm on St Catherine’s Down is a truly secluded holiday cottage set within around 40 acres with a barn, pasture land and wonderful views.

It is rare to find a property located in such a beautiful remote setting in the south of England, with no immediate neighbours.

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Much of the surrounding downland is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, some of which is owned by the National Trust.

The cottage, which is understood to have Georgian origins, has been extensively refurbished and modernised in recent years.

The sensitive renovation included installation of oak-framed double glazed windows throughout, new electrical fittings and wiring, as well a new kitchen and bathrooms.

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The cottage has an Isle of Wight Society award in recognition of its careful restoration.

The roof was re-thatched in 2011 and inside, solid oak internal doors were fitted along with new flooring. A large steel-framed barn was built outside in 2008.

The cottage is subject to a holiday use restriction (with no limitation on the period of occupation) or can also be used as shepherd’s accommodation from January 1 to May 31 in any year.

It is essentially off-grid, with a spring-fed water supply, an LPG gas-fired boiler serving the central heating and electric provided via gas-fired generator and solar panels with a state-of-the-art battery storage system, with good eco-credentials.

The accommodation includes a dual-aspect kitchen/breakfast room with fitted units and solid oak worksurfaces, including an integral slimline dishwasher and space for a fridge and cooker.

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The stylish kitchen/breakfast room.

The dual-aspect sitting room has country views and a part-glazed door to front garden. The ground floor also includes a study/third bedroom and a bathroom.

There is a good-sized landing on the first floor, which could be used as an additional seating area or study.

The master bedroom is a spacious and characterful dual-aspect room with sloping ceilings and exposed stone and brickwork, while bedroom two is a double bedroom with southerly outlook. There is also a cloakroom with a wash-basin and WC.

Outside, there is a lawned garden surrounding the cottage and a natural pond to the south. A timber store provides space and plumbing for a washing machine. There is also a barn with an adjacent yard.

The property is for sale as a whole for £950,000 or in two lots.

Lot 1 is the cottage, barn and about 27 acres for £850,000, while Lot 2 would be about 13 acres of pasture with a stream and mature woodland for £100,000. All fields have water and are mostly fenced for sheep.

There are excellent walks and horse riding from the property, including some coastal views.

LOCATION: Whitwell


PRICE: £950,000 (as a whole)

AGENT: Spence Willard

TEL: 01983 200880


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