A stunning architect-designed, oak-framed, 5-6 bedroom, detached house set in about 30 acres (12.2ha) of elevated rolling downland pasture with breathtaking and far-reaching countryside views.
Tennyson Down (National Trust) with its spectacular walks adjoins the property. The land was once part of the Farringford Estate owned by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose shepherd – known as ´Shepherd Paul´ lived at a previous cottage on this site where Tennyson would sometimes take shelter on his frequent long walks to escape the hoards of tourists who thronged to his home.
The property was constructed in 2001 to a design by well-known architect Andrew Court on a green oak frame by ´Carpenter Oak & Woodland´ around structural insulated panels (SIPPs) and clad in oak weather boarding with Scandinavian double-glazed windows. An area of flat ´green´ roof provides a vegetable and herb garden and is planted with meadow flowers which together with the natural slated roof; timber walls and weathered copper guttering all enable the house to sit very naturally in its landscape where the lower floor is set back into the downland slope. The area is part of the Tennyson Heritage Coast – the famous chalk Highdown Cliffs are the other side of Tennyson Down.
The Ground and 1st Floors are stone from ´Artisans´ of Devizes with underfloor heating. The 2nd Floor is American oak planking. Internal doors are handmade solid oak from ´Sabrina´ and all internal skirting and architraves are also solid, kiln-dried oak. Bathroom fittings are from ´Villeroy & Boch´. All rooms have been wired for a computer network with Cat 5 cabling connected to a patch panel and central hub. Useful for networking and future home automation installation. There is a monitored burglar and fire alarm system.
The accommodation is described in the photos and floorplans. It is set out on three storeys and comprises:
GROUND FLOOR: Reception Hall
Games Room – with ¾ size antique billiard table by Sir William Bentley Billiards
Utility Room – with Boiler/Plant Room Off
Wet Room – with shower, basin & w.c
FIRST FLOOR: Open Plan – Living, Dining and Kitchen with two sets of French doors to decked Balcony. Wood-burning stove and spiral staircase to mezzanine Study above. The Kitchen is by Mark Wilkinson in oak, with mainly ´Miele´ integrated appliances
Bedroom 1 (Master) with Wet Room (1) ´en-suite´. The shower is fitted with a steam generator to serve as a steam room.
Family Bathroom (2) with Shower, Bath & w.c.
Bedroom 2 connecting with Wet Room (3) with shower, basin and w.c.
Bedroom 3 also connecting with Wet Room (3)
SECOND FLOOR Bedroom 5
Recreation Room – potentially offering space for further bedroom and bathroom accommodation (subject to obtaining Building Regulation or other Statutory Consents).
Mezzanine Study Area
Balcony A large, decked Balcony extends from the West and North Elevations and is also accessed from external stairs providing an ideal location for entertaining or for dining ´al-fresco´. There is a small herb garden built into the decking in an area which originally housed a hot-tub spa.
OUTSIDE The property is approached off Moons Hill by a sweeping gravelled drive culminating in parking for several vehicles. There is a fine green oak framed Outbuilding largely clad in oak boarding beneath a slated roof which has an open sided garage store and a double garage workshop. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and include a fresh water well which could provide a garden water source. The grass area to the north of the house has been sown and cultivated as a wild flower meadow which only requires an annual cut. The land extends to the East, West and North. It is well laid-out in useable pasture enclosures with mature hedge boundaries, it is mostly free-draining excepting the central field which includes a pond and which has been designated a SINC (Moons Hill Ref: C162) with a number of interesting wetland species. There is a charming area of ancient semi-natural broadleaved woodland at the eastern end of the property which abounds with wildlife including red squirrels, dormice and native flora.
HISTORY The site and area have been inhabited for thousands of years; a Bronze Age hoard was found on the property in 1942, including 3 spear-heads, 3 daggers and 7 flanged axes. It is possible that this was a a ritual deposit. More recently the property was associated with the 19th Century Poet Laureate – Alfred Lord Tennyson who wrote much of his best poetry on the Island including Crossing the Bar which alludes to crossing the Solent between nearby Yarmouth and Lymington.
SERVICES AND HEATING We are informed that the following mains services are connected to the property (subject to the conditions and stipulations of the relevant utility companies) electricity (3-Phase to both House and Outbuilding), water (metered) and foul drainage. The heating and hot water are provided by an oil-fired boiler via underfloor heating and radiators (2nd Floor only). A second hot water tank enables back-up or zoning of the hot water. ´Calor´ gas bottles fuel the gas cooker.
COUNCIL TAX: Band H Amount Payable 2013/2014: £2,956.64 (There is currently a 10% discount available for properties used as second homes).
THE ISLE OF WIGHT The Isle of Wight, situated off the South Coast of England, is becoming an ever-more popular location for permanent and second homes. Made popular by Queen Victoria, who had her maritime residence at Osborne, the Island is famous for sailing in the Solent; for Cowes Week; for its beautiful coastline including sandy beaches and The Needles; spectacular countryside and long sunshine hours. There are now many more facilities than once was the cases, Sainsbury, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose all now have a presence as have other national chains. Communication and transport links are excellent; regular car ferries connect with the national motorway network and fast catamarans have connections via Southampton and Portsmouth to direct trains to London Waterloo which can be reached within 2 hours of leaving the Island shore. Government-funded schools are numerous and independent schools thrive on the Island with some children attending prep and public schools on the mainland. Leisure opportunities abound – walking, riding, paragliding, hang-gliding, team sports, sailing, wind surfing and other water sports, rugby, football (Newport Football Club).cricket and golf clubs. Good transport links enable day trips to the shopping centres of West Quay, Southampton and Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.
TOTLAND Totland Bay is a popular coastal village in the extreme west of the Island, close to Freshwater and only about 2.5 miles from the car ferry terminal at Yarmouth with its mainland link to Lymington. The Island´s main shopping and administrative centre of Newport is about 12 miles distant. Within the village there are a variety of shops, post office, garage, primary schools and local inns. The lovely ´Turf Walk´ pier and beach can be enjoyed at Totland Bay. Close by are the famous coloured sands at Alum Bay with spectacular views of the heritage coastline and The Needles from Headon Warren (National Trust).
FRESHWATER Freshwater boasts a variety of shopping facilities, library, public houses and places of worship, a 9 hole golf course at Farringford House (the former home of the 19th Century Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson), an indoor swimming pool and sports complex, primary school and buses to both Yarmouth (3 miles), with its safe harbour, yachting facilities, Yacht Club and ferry connection to Lymington (35 minutes), and the Island´s principal town of Newport (about 10 miles).
TENURE & POSSESSION, FIXTURES & FITTINGS The property is offered Freehold with vacant possession on the whole upon Completion. The seller does not include in the sale any fitted carpets, curtains or blinds, nor are any gas or electrical appliances included, however connected, or any other fixtures, unless expressly mentioned in these particulars as forming part of the sale. Some items may be available by separate negotiation.
DIRECTIONS Freshwater Bay is well signed. Head north from the Bay on Gate Lane, and bear left into Bedbury Lane. Pass Farringford restaurant on your left and the road becomes Moons Hill. The drive to Down Cottage is on the left hand side after about 1km.
Newport 12 miles, Yarmouth 4 miles (Car ferry to Lymington 25 minutes) Cowes 16 miles (passenger ferry to Southampton 23 minutes), Fishbourne 16 miles (car ferry to Portsmouth 50 minutes), All distances and times are approximate
VIEWING: Viewing is strictly by appointment with the selling agents, Spence Willard.
PHOTOS: Various Years
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2. Photos etc: The photographs show only certain parts of the property as they appeared at the time they were taken. Areas, measurements and distances given are approximate only.
3. Regulations etc: Any reference to alterations to, or use of, any part of the property does not mean that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained. A buyer or lessee must find out by inspection or in other ways that these matters have been properly dealt with and that all information is correct.
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