St Lawrence, Isle of Wight


St Lawrence, Isle of Wight   £325,000

An historic wing of this impressive Grade II Listed Georgian Villa pleasantly tucked away on the outskirts of St Lawrence. The original property was a substantial residence of Italianate design with gothic influences and was once the home of Lady Willoughby Gordon, Aunt to the Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne.

The building and it’s surroundings provided a great influence to the poet and inspired several of his works, known as the West Undercliff poems.The original villa is thought to date back to around 1802 with later Victorian additions and now forms three separate homes, with Orchard Close being the North Westerly portion of the building. The property is set in grounds extending to around 1 acre, which are planted with a wide range of established trees and shrubs providing a good degree of privacy and seclusion.

The accommodation is well proportioned and arranged on three floors with a separate flat occupying the top floor. There are many original character features still remaining and the principle reception room and bedrooms offer high ceilings with beautiful gothic style windows, some with a double aspect. The accommodation has oil fired central heating via attractive Victorian pillar radiators. To the front is an attractive covered entrance veranda with stone pillars sand flagstones providing an inviting arrival with parking and a garage adjacent.

This is truly a unique opportunity to purchase a part of England’s Literary History.

ENTRANCE HALL 24′ 0" x 6′ 1" (7.32m x 1.85m) A splendid split level entrance hall with a lovely flagstone floor and attractive window to the front.

DRAWING ROOM 27′ 7" x 17′ 9" (8.41m x 5.41m) A truly impressive reception room with large gothic style windows to the side and rear over-looking the gardens and flooding the room with southerly and westerly light. There is a remarkable open fireplace with marble surround and a decorative inset, sited directly under the side window and seemingly flue-less, an unusual feature thought to be one of only three on the Island.

STUDY 12′ 10" x 7′ 10" (3.91m x 2.39m) A useful room with ample shelving, double doors from the entrance hall and French doors leading out to the rear garden.

BREAKFAST ROOM 17′ 5" x 11′ 1" (5.31m x 3.38m) A pleasant room with attractive herringbone woodblock flooring and bay window to the front. Fireplace with fitted oil fired boiler supplying central heating and hot water.

INNER HALL with large built-in storage cupboards and access to a rear hall with stairs off to the first floor.

KITCHEN 12′ 7" x 7′ 10" max and narrowing to 4′ 7" (3.84m x 2.39m) with fitted sink unit and electric cooker. window and door to the side.


FIRST FLOOR LANDING A spacious split level Landing with window to the side and rear. Large walk-in airing cupboard housing the hot water tank with slatted shelving and internal stained glass window.

BEDROOM 1 17′ 8" x 15′ 8" (5.38m x 4.78m) A large double bedroom with bay window to the front and wash basin.

BEDROOM 2 18′ 4" x 12′ 2" (5.59m x 3.71m) Another large double bedroom with ornate oriel window to the side and two windows to the rear over-looking the gardens.

BEDROOM 3 17′ 10" x 11′ 10" (5.44m x 3.61m) A large double aspect bedroom with bay window to the front and window to the side. Built-in cupboards and wash basin.

BEDROOM 4 11′ 11" x 7′ 0" (3.63m x 2.13m) with window to the front and recessed wall cupboard.

BATHROOM 11′ 7" x 11′ 5" max into bay (3.53m x 3.48m) A large family bathroom with some unique original features including antique tiling to the walls, feature windows to the front and side and a recessed shelved linen wall cupboard. Fitted suite comprising WC, vanity wash basin with cupboard under and panelled bath.

SECOND FLOOR FLATLET with door and stairs leading from the first floor landing.

LIVING ROOM 13′ 2" x 10′ 2" (4.01m x 3.1m) with window to the front and built-in storage cupboard.

BEDROOM 8′ 7" x 7′ 7" (2.62m x 2.31m) with window to the side and door to:

EN -SUITE SHOWER ROOM with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.

KITCHENETTE with sink unit and cupboard under and fitted work surfaces. Steps up to storage cupboard and airing cupboard with hot water tank and window to the side.

OUTSIDE The property is approached through the adjoining property’s entrance gates onto a wooded driveway which leads down to the property and opens out onto a parking/turning area with parking for three cars and access to the GARAGE 16′ 2" x 8′ 0" (4.93m x 2.44m). Also to the front are steps leading up to an elevated area of garden which is stocked with a wide range of well established plants, trees and shrubs.

To the side and rear of the property are further gardens which are laid to lawn and partly enclosed by fencing and hedging. Adjacent to the rear of the property is a formal lawned terrace with flower borders and central feature bed. There are steps leading from this terrace up to a further area of lawned garden to the side which is bordered by shrubs and trees and leads to a wooded pathway providing access to the end of the garden, where there is a delightful hidden gateway through to the entrance driveway.

NOTE There is a right of way access for the neighbouring two properties over the driveway area.


VIEWING Strictly by appointment with the sole selling agent Spence Willard.

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