A country house with income

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:09


A country house with income

Clevelands Country House, Wroxall, is a lovely period building, with plenty of versatile space and superb views.


Bedrooms...Five in house, three in annexe, one in coach house and flat

Price...Range £595,000-£650,000

Agent...Fine and Country

Tel...01983 520000

SET against a beautiful backdrop of historical landmarks and soaring downland is a four-in-one property offering period elegance, scope to generate an income and a project. 

Tucked away along an elevated, unmade lane at Wroxall, Clevelands Country House provides lots of pristine space. Reminders of bygone days include ornate cornice and ceiling roses, fireplaces and deep skirting to the tall-ceilinged, five-bedroom accommodation. There are views to Appuldurcombe House, the Freemantle Gate and Worsley Monument.

Differing in style but equally immaculate is a three-bedroom annexe, accessed via a door from its neat courtyard garden, and The Bothy, a first-floor, one-bedroom apartment within a detached coach-house building, with a garage, workshop, utility room and store.

Both are modern, with well-fitted kitchens and bathrooms and the owners have been surprised by the income generated by letting them for holidays.

The fourth element of Clevelands Country House is a one-bedroom flat in the main house, needing refurbishment and with its own outside door.

This and the annexe could easily be incorporated into the main house if space was needed.

The owners have loved the best-of-both-worlds location with views and walks, plus village life with two pubs, a shop, post office, church and school.

Fronting the imposing house is a large, gravelled courtyard with plentiful parking space. 

There is an extensive lawned garden and large sun terrace.

A beautiful stained-glass door opens to a lobby, with original tiled flooring and double doors to the entrance hall.
This has marble flooring, continuing into the kitchen, decorative cornice, a ceiling rose, dado rail and an imposing staircase with decorative iron balustrade to the first floor.

A large front window and tall double doors to the terrace let lots of light into the kitchen, which has a range of units and a large island, marble worksurfaces, space for a large range cooker and an integrated dishwasher. 

In the next-door lounge is an attractive period fireplace, highly ornate cornice, a ceiling rose and a large bay with views through doors to the terrace.

Also downstairs is a study.

A decorative sash window with far-reaching countryside views lights stairs to the first-floor landing, which has neutral carpeting carrying on into the bedrooms. There is a walk-in linen cupboard and luxurious bathroom, with a spa bath and a shower cubicle. 

Views to the downs can be seen from big bedroom one and good-sized bedroom two, which each have an imposing period fireplace.

Bedroom three has a side countryside glimpse. Ideal as a living area and bedroom suite for a teenager is bedroom five, which has steps down to sunny bedroom four and a tiled shower room.

• For more pictures from the property of the week click here

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