St Boniface Down, Isle Of Wight £995,000
With its unrivalled sea and country views and stunning modern architecture, this one-of-a-kind historically significant building has recently been transformed by visionary architects and interior designers from a former radar station into the ultimate in modern holiday accommodation. Set on the highest point of the island surrounded by National Trust land, The Old Radar Station provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a truly unique home, encompassing quality design and fittings, a fascinating heritage and a secluded setting with 360 degree views across the island and English Channel.
Forming part of the national defence system during the Second World War, the property was built in 1938 as one of twenty Chain Home early warning radar stations. Designed to help protect Britain’s south coast, the station’s southerly location meant it was uniquely positioned to successfully intercept approaching enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain, coming under attack twice from the Luftwaffe in 1940.
The station is reported to have played a key role during the D-Day landings by monitoring both ship and aircraft movements and from June 1944, was used to track V1 flying bombs and "doodlebugs." Decommissioned by the RAF in 1961, the station continued to operate as a communications centre for the Civil Aviation Authority until its closure in 1991. The Grade II Listed station was fully converted into a holiday accommodation in 2017/8.
Approached through and surrounded by National Trust land, the property is elevated above the coastal town of Ventnor, with its Blue Flag beach, where there are a good range of bars, restaurants and shops. In addition, there is a fishery, tennis & cricket clubs as well as the renowned botanical gardens that thrive in the area’s great micro-climate. The surrounding area has superb walks amongst a rugged coastline with numerous sandy bays, some with eateries such as Steephill Cove. There are 6 separate ferry crossings from the north coast of the island, (around 30 minutes drive from the property) leading to the mainland including passenger service taking just 15 minutes (with onward connections to direct London trains) and car ferry services taking from 40 minutes.
With easy access to London, more than half of the Isle of Wight is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. World-renowned for sailing, the island also has everything from kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, horse-riding, golfing to paragliding and cycling with 200-miles of cycles routes. There are also over 500+ miles of footpaths and bridleways with some wonderful scenic walks directly accessible from the property. The island offers over 60 cultural and family-orientated attractions and a diverse range of eateries.
ENTRANCE HALL Wooden flooring extending into the bedrooms. Industrial-style overhead lighting.
BEDROOM 1 A spacious double bedroom that opens to a curtained wardrobe area leading into a separate white subway-tiled en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower, wash basin positioned on concrete countertop, WC and built-in cupboard.
BEDROOM 2 A double bedroom with screened wardrobe space and en-suite shower room featuring a sink, WC and shower. External door.
BEDROOM 3 A well-proportioned twin bedroom with screened wardrobe area.
BEDROOM 4 A further double bedroom with overhead pendant lighting and screened hanging wardrobe.
FAMILY BATHROOM Well fitted featuring white bath with subway-tiled surround and overhead shower with glass panel, wash basin set on concrete countertop, WC and utility cupboard housing washing machine and Worcester gas-fired boiler.
SHOWER ROOM With large, walk-in shower, wash basin, built-in cupboards, WC and heated towel rail.
INNER HALL Featuring a bespoke, wide staircase that winds up to the first floor offering glimpses of the outside terrace area.
KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM A striking, open-plan room with deep windows across the southern elevation, framed in anodised aluminium that provide sensational views over the southern coast of the island and across the English Channel. The kitchen area includes a series of stainless steel units and work surfaces, well-equipped with cupboards with drawers, integral dishwasher, fridge, freezer and twin Hotpoint ovens.
A bespoke island unit designed to replicate a wing comprising polished and moulded concrete, glass and wood with aluminium frame incorporates a six ring Zanussi gas fired burner with extractor above and includes a breakfast bar.
Concrete flooring throughout benefits from underfloor heating. There are extensive downland views from the rear of the room and a wide sliding glazed door opening to:
ROOF TERRACE A large decked roof terrace with ample space for al-fresco seating, dining and entertaining from which panoramic views across the Island, English Channel and towards the Solent can be enjoyed.
OUTSIDE A sliding security gate leads to a driveway and parking for several cars. Adjacent to the drive is a grass covered bunker (which was part of a later radar system) forming a store room 18’3 x 11’6, with power and light which offers further potential. Wide steps lead down from the parking area to a second secure entry gate through which a walled walkway extends around the property.
In all, the property extends to approximately 3.38 acres enclosed by fencing, which comprises natural downland designated as a SINC, (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation) providing a haven for wildlife for which there is a management plan.
PLANNING CONDITION In accordance with approved planning permission, the building is to be used as holiday accommodation.
TENURE Freehold with a right of way over the National Trust owned tarmac access road.
SERVICES Mains electricity and drainage, Calor gas (underground tank with remote sensor), gas fired central heating with under floor heating to first floor. Rainwater harvesting system with underground 15,000 litre storage tank plus a water treatment system.
POSTCODE PO38 1YL
DIRECTIONS Heading into Ventnor on Newport Road, (B3321) proceed past The Island Free School, and after 200m, turn left past the Central store onto Down Lane. Proceed up Down Lane, bearing left past the five-bar gate on the right hand side. Continue on the single track road up the hill for approximately 3/4 mile and the property is located on the right hand side.
Viewings All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the selling agents.
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