Underley has been beautifully converted from stone outbuildings which were formerly part of the East Dene estate in Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight.

It occupies a quiet, picturesque location just above Monk’s Bay and on the rural eastern fringe of this sought-after village.

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East Dene was poet Algernon Swinburne’s childhood home and the area benefits from a great microclimate and links to Victorian writers, including Charles Dickens.

The accommodation is cleverly designed with the main conversion housing the reception rooms and kitchen to take advantage of the southerly sea views, together with a superb principal bedroom suite including a dressing room and en-suite bathroom, together with a second bedroom/study.

Isle of Wight County Press: One of the beautiful reception rooms. Photo: Steve Thearle.One of the beautiful reception rooms. Photo: Steve Thearle.

Most rooms have vaulted ceilings and large windows/glazed doors to provide a light feel and easy access to the gardens.

The kitchen/breakfast room has bi-fold doors opening to the gardens and providing views across the English Channel.

It’s fitted with a good range of built-in cupboards with granite worksurfaces and integrated appliances including a Siemens five-ring hob with extractor over, dual Siemens ovens, American fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

The sitting room is a really attractive area with oak flooring, a wood-burning stove and two sets of French doors to the terrace, with uninterrupted sea views.

This triple-aspect dining room has large windows providing spectacular sea views too.

Isle of Wight County Press: The stylish kitchen. Photo: Steve Thearle.The stylish kitchen. Photo: Steve Thearle.

There is additional bedroom accommodation just across the path, which has potential to be joined, subject to the necessary consents.

This additional annexe has vaulted ceilings and includes three double bedrooms, a shower room, a utility room with a Belfast sink, space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer and room for a fridge and freezer.

There’s an adjacent walk-in store with extensive shelving, a workshop and a garden store too.

The name Underley comes from the ship which was wrecked in the bay below in September 1871 and the original carving of the ship’s name is mounted on the house.

There is off-road parking, together with a single garage.

Outside, next to the sitting room is a large, decked terrace, ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining with built-in barbecue and spectacular sea views.

Steps lead down to a further large, paved terrace with sea views and a heated swimming pool with solar powered cover.

There is also a lawned garden with a greenhouse and timber summerhouse, plus gated access from the bottom of the garden towards Monks Bay.

Bonchurch is a short walk or drive from the cosmopolitan town of Ventnor, which has many fine restaurants, including the Smoking Lobster, as well as attractions such as Ventnor Botanic Garden and the annual Ventnor Fringe festival.

LOCATION: Bonchurch


PRICE: £1,850,000

AGENT: Spence Willard

TEL: 01983 200880

WEB: spencewillard.co.uk

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