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Waterside House
72a High Street
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7RE

01983 219967
commercial@spencewillard.co.uk

Cowes Office
Cowes Office
Spence Willard Commercial

Waterside House
72a High Street
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7RE

01983 200880
cowes@spencewillard.co.uk

Cowes Office
Charles Spence
Charles Spence
Tanya Hill
Tanya Hill
Spence Willard team
Emma Bradley
Zadie Margham
Zadie Margham
Natalie Miley
Natalie Miley

Sherbourne Street
Bembridge
Isle of Wight
PO35 5SB

01983 873000
bembridge@spencewillard.co.uk

Spence Willard Bembridge
Spence Willard team
Sam Branston
Hannah Cook
Hannah Cook
Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor
Charlotte Branston
Charlotte Branston

The Square
Yarmouth
Isle of Wight
PO41 0NP

01983 761005
yarmouth@spencewillard.co.uk

Spence Willard Yarmouth
Spence Willard team
Duncan Willard
Lesley Samson
Lesley Samson

The Old Bank
Tennyson Road
Freshwater
Isle of Wight
PO40 9AB

01983 756575
freshwater@spencewillard.co.uk

Spence Willard Freshwater
Jason Siviter
Jason Siviter
David Langford
David Langford
Sarah Kujawa
Sarah Kujawa

The Square
Yarmouth
Isle of Wight
PO41 0NP

01983 761005 opt 2
lettings@spencewillard.co.uk

Spence Willard office
Laura Homes
Alice MacNab
Alice MacNab
Henrietta MacLean
Henrietta MacLean

40 St James' Place
London
SW1A 1NS

020 7839 0888
london@spencewillard.co.uk

Spence Willard London office
Bob Bickersteth
Bob Bickersteth
Katinka Stampa Orwin
Katinka Stampa Orwin
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"The best kept secret in Bembridge"

Behind this plain facade lies one of Bembridge’s best kept secrets. A substantial, private and well-appointed house with annexe in excellent decorative condition – suitable for retirement or a family home for several generations.

Ground Floor
Drawing Room | Study | Hall | Kitchen | Dining Room | Garden Room | Cloak Room | Boot Room & Laundry Room | Cellar

First Floor
5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Separate Lavatory.

Annexe
Open Plan Kitchen/Living Area | 2 Bedrooms | Bathroom

Outside
Private Enclosed Gardens of approx. 0.4 Acres | Heated Swimming Pool | Landscaped Gardens | Dining Terraces |

Enclosed Hard Tennis Court | Vegetable Planters & Fruit Cage | Orchard Pergola |

Summer House & Garden Shed | Greenhouse

The Island
Only 23 miles by 13 miles, and a short sea crossing from the mainland, the Island has a unique atmosphere boasting many attributes, not least of which is its slower pace of life and its own microclimate. It enjoys un-spoilt villages and fine seaside resorts with many miles of impressive coastal scenery. With safe sandy beaches, it is a place for sailing, windsurfing and swimming, ideal for both young and old.

Travel
There are many ways of crossing The Solent to the Island. If travelling by car there is a choice of three routes all with frequent services: including, Portsmouth to Fishbourne (45 minutes). If travelling on foot there is a fast and frequent catamaran service from Portsmouth to Ryde (15 minutes) and a similar service from Southampton to Cowes (23 minutes), both connecting with regular mainline train services to London Water-loo. There is also a hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde, taking 10 minutes. To the west of Bembridge village is a small private aerodrome. Southampton Airport is also within easy reach, on the mainland.

The Island is an international sailing mecca with many events throughout the season. The most famous is Cowes Week. In addition, there are many premier yacht and sailing clubs including nearby Bembridge Sail-ing Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club.

Set back from Swains Lane behind a substantial laurel screen and within private mature gardens, Laurus is a beautifully presented and comfortable family home. Constructed in 1982, the property has since undergone comprehensive re-modeling and refurbishment in 2009/10 to incorporate generous, well-proportioned accommodation. It possesses a high specification including under-floor heating in the extensions, ultra-low maintenance windows and new roof to the main house. Additionally, bi-folding doors connect the hall, kitchen and all reception rooms with the terrace and gardens, providing unparalleled entertaining space.

In the main house, there are three double bedrooms – with one ensuite – and access to a shower-room and additional lavatory. Also, in a separate wing of the main house, lies the generous master suite including dressing room and large marble ensuite bathroom. All the principal rooms of the house look over the gardens, swimming pool and terrace.

"The Annexe", constructed in 2016/17 to a high specification, offers separate self-contained accommodation: reception room with its own kitchenette; hallway with generous storage; inner hall; two further bedrooms; and bathroom/shower-room. Integrated is a W.C. accessible separately for swimmers, staff and visitors.

The grounds are lovingly maintained with copious planted borders incorporating plenty of colour and foliage in addition to lawns, an enclosed tennis court and formal kitchen gardens.

Location
Laurus is close to the beach and coastal path, with direct access to superb country walks and along the coast of Bembridge to Priory Bay or Culver Down. The nearest beach is approximately ¼ mile away. There are a good range of shops within Bembridge including a butcher, florist, bakery, delicatessen, fishmonger and farm shop, in addition to cafes and restaurants. Bembridge Harbour has extensive mooring facilities, whilst there are also numerous beaches. The Fast-Cat ferry service, provides high-speed passenger links to the mainland [Portsmouth]from Ryde, approximately 7 miles away.

Accommodation

Ground Floor

Entrance portico
Set beneath an oak-pillared porch with tiled roof and flagstone step.

Hallway
A large light space with floor to ceiling windows and travertine polished floor tiles and access to the private ‘Owners Wing’. Under stair cupboard and separate W.C.

Utility Room
Incorporating a range of built-in floor to ceiling storage and hanging space and hot/airing cupboard. In addition, work surfaces incorporate a large Butler sink with hot and cold-water taps, and space and plumbing for a dishwasher and American Style Fridge Freezer. Cupboard housing consumer unit and walk-in lockable store.

Study
A light room overlooking the swimming pool/terrace, with built in storage cupboards and full-length windows and French doors.

Kitchen
A comprehensive suite of under-counter and wall-mounted shaker style storage units including twin pull-out larder cupboards and deep pan-drawers. The kitchen boasts natural Corian work-surfaces, countertop lighting, integrated five ring Neff gas hob, Miele dishwasher, a 1.5 bowl sink with mixer tap over, mid-level Blomberg oven and grill and an American style fridge freezer.

Dining Room
A room of excellent proportions with wood flooring and radiator covers. This space has Hogarth picture lighting. Additionally, bi-folding doors opening to the garden terrace and is semi-open plan to the kitchen.

Drawing Room
With magnificent working Chesney limestone fireplace with antique fire-basket on a marble hearth. Bespoke alcove shelving and cupboards housing ‘pop up’ television, built-in radiator covers and Hogarth picture lighting. Bi-folding doors lead directly onto the terrace and views across the pool to the garden.

Storeroom / Larder / Wine Cellar
In two parts, this space provides excellent storage, the first as an ideal drinks and preparation area and with an inner lockable walk-in store space currently providing climatic-controlled storage for up to 2,000+ bottles of wine but could equally provide an excellent larder space or secure store.

Garden Room
With electric under-floor heating and bi-folding doors onto the terrace and views to the garden.

First Floor
Stairs with carpeted runner rise to a galleried landing where there is a hatch accessing the loft. The guest wing comprises four beautiful bedrooms all enjoying south-facing views over the pool and terrace towards the gardens. There is built-in wardrobe storage in the two smaller bedrooms while a larger guest suite incorporates an ensuite bathroom with shower and bath, vanity unit wash basin, heated towel rail, linen store and W.C.

Family Bathroom
The family bathroom has a shower, heated towel rail, vanity unit wash basin and W.C. with slate effect tiles to mid-height, while there is also a separate W.C and large cupboard housing Worcester Gas fired boiler and 300 litre unvented MEGAflo cylinder.

Owners´ Wing
The 2009 refurbishment programme created this additional wing of accommodation with its own private staircase accessing a separate suite of well-proportioned rooms including a dressing room and large bedroom with dual aspect windows overlooking the terrace and garden, in addition to a luxurious ensuite bathroom comprising twin basins, generous panelled bath, twin hot-towel rails, large glass walk-in shower, W.C. and bidet with natural stone tiles to floor and walls to mid-height.

The Annexe
Added in 2017/18, this attractive tiled roofed building has rendered and timber cladding elevations to match the house. It offers separate ancillary accommodation extending to two further bedrooms with built-in wardrobe storage; a bathroom with bath and shower over; and living area overlooking the gardens with an Elfin kitchenette ingeniously hidden within a cupboard and all finished to a quality consistent with the house. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine and underfloor heating throughout, and a separate Valliant boiler provides heating and hot water.

Plant Room
Housing the air-source heat pump, as well as a Vaillant gas fired boiler and MEGAflow 210ltr tank servicing the extension and floor mounted pump and filtration system for the swimming pool.

Outside
The celebrated gardens at Laurus provide a private and very tranquil setting to the house with splendid southerly aspect. Focused around a terrace which is accessible from the hallway, and all reception rooms by bi-folding doors meaning it is an extremely versatile space for entertaining during the spring and summer months. The garden terrace overlooks the swimming pool and is bordered by well-stocked raised and low-level beds of planting and shrubbery providing a colourful backdrop to the heated swimming pool complete with cover. All is privately enclosed by a high wall and a secure child-proof glazed gate separating it from the remainder of the garden – making the gardens a safe place for young children. The pool was overhauled and re-tiled in 2019 with new mosaic and offers a depth of 3-7 feet.

Extending beyond the pool are stunning well-stocked beds and a gravelled path leading to a tennis court (added in 1998) on painted tarmacadam surface with 10ft chain link fencing. Hidden at the foot of the gardens on the orchard area is a former piggery with water laid on, in addition to a large timber summer house and wonderful timber frame greenhouse set upon brick dwarf walls. This orchard is a splendid area for growing with its raised vegetable beds, climbing roses, fruit trees such as fig, walnut and crab apple trees and a fruit and berry cage as well as clippings and compost area and garden shed at the very end. The apple tress in the orchard are rare Island breeds.

There is vehicle access to the side beyond the house allowing good access to the gardens and for contractors or tradesman and a circular cedar tile roof pergola achieving a sunny southerly aspect. At the front of the house is a driveway with plenty of parking.

Services
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Heating is provided by two gas fired boilers with unvented cylinders in the original parts of the house and delivered via radiators. The extension has its own boiler while the pool is heated by a new air source heat pump [2019].

Tenure
The property is offered Freehold

Postcode
PO35 5ST

Viewings
All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents: Spence Willard

Important Notice:
1. Particulars: These particulars are not an offer or contract, nor part of one. You should not rely on statements by Spence Willard in the particulars or by word of mouth or in writing ("information") as being factually accurate about the property, its condition or its value. Neither Spence Willard nor any joint agent has any authority to make any representations about the property, and accordingly any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents, seller(s) or lessor(s). 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. 4. VAT: The VAT position relating to the property may change without notice.