A home full of enchantment

By Kate Cranwell

Published on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:00


A home full of enchantment

St John’s, in Tulse Hill, Ventnor, has a beautiful garden, including a summerhouse, left, with its own shower, toilet and kitchenette.


Location: Ventnor

Bedrooms: Three

Price; £379,950

Agent: 01 Estate Agents

Telephone: 01983 855101

TUCKED away in the heart of Ventnor, St John’s is a Tulse Hill home that will captivate you from the moment you ascend the steps to the tall, wooden gate.

Like a secret garden from a children’s story, colourful flowers and plants conceal all sorts of enchanting areas, from a small pond and seating area, to a useful summerhouse, with its own shower, toilet and kitchenette.

The current owners have a flair for garden design and the landscaping is just one of the remarkable features elevating this property from a delightful period home to your own piece of paradise.

The wooden frontdoor, with etched glass panels, has a hint of understated Victoriana about it that is echoed throughout the intriguing detached house, which boasts plenty of original features and quirky alcoves.

Coving, picture rails and high skirting boards feature in both reception rooms, with the 15ft by 12ft living room benefiting from a tiled coal-effect gas fire, with striking marble surround.

French doors open on to a covered, decked veranda, which will come into its own on warmer days when the wonderful garden offers a secluded peaceful retreat far beyond what can usually be expected of a town-centre property.

St John’s has the additional allure of sea views from its front garden and front-facing rooms. The dining room is one such room, with a large window to the front, as well as a wood burning stove and wooden mantelpiece.

Light coloured walls in here, the living room and the hallway are complemented by a neutral carpet to suit all tastes.

From the hallway, steps lead up to a glass-panelled door to the kitchen, with its beamed ceiling, large stone and brick chimney breast, butler sink with mixer tap and Aga with tiled alcove.

The part boarded tongue-and-groove walls are a muted sage green, with matching wooden units and a built-in dresser. Solid wooden surfaces add to the charm, as does the slate floor, which continues into the walk-in pantry and sunroom, reached through double doors.

Beautifully light, this extension has a door to the garden and also contains a cloakroom with a contemporary white w/c and handbasin.

There is plenty more space the other side of the kitchen, with a dining area, a utility room with a stable door to the rear courtyard garden and a laundry room with tiled floor.

Upstairs, St John’s reveals more of its innate charm, from the generously proportioned landing, with unexpected views up to St Boniface Down, to the decorative stained-glass in the separate toilet.

All three bedrooms are spacious doubles, with bedrooms one and two having front aspects and built in cupboards.

The family bathroom, with separate shower and roll-top bath, complete the accommodation.

Outside, parking for two cars is another of the welcome surprises this home has up its sleeve.

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