Bonifoot House, Ventnor.
Agent..01 Estate Agents
HIGH up between St Boniface Down and The English Channel, which features in its spectacular views, is a home of Victorian splendour.
Looking out to sea from its quiet cul-de-sac location in Spring Gardens, Ventnor, Bonifoot House is a blend of period charm, flexible space and outside areas that are modest but big on appeal.
Its stately statistics include three floors, three reception rooms and four comfortable bedrooms.
However, Bonifoot House is about much more than numbers and has many reminders of its 1877 origins, including tall ceilings, deep skirting, cornice and fireplaces.
Keeping in mind the home’s character, which drew them to it four years ago, the owners have made changes, including installing an Aga in the kitchen/breakfast room, a woodburner in the sitting room and the dining room and turning a bedroom into an imposing library.
This first-floor room is a stylish place to look at sea views or bury yourself in a book taken from 215 feet of custom-made, floor-to-ceiling pine shelving, painted in Russian velvet red.
Full-height mirrors here and in the study/bedroom close by — with 45ft feet of built-in shelving — accentuate the sense of space.
The outside is as inviting as inside, with gardens laid out for ease of maintenance by a garden designer and planted for colour, texture and scent, with plenty of seating areas.
Opposite the house is allocated parking. Wrought-iron gates open to further space on a gravelled driveway.
Within a recessed porch is the front door, with a feature arch, opening to the entrance hall, with a cloakroom area and stairs to the first floor.
Stripped doors enhance the house. One opens from the hall to the large, airy sitting room, which has stripped floorboards, ornate coving, an ornate surround to a woodburning stove and a front sash bay window.
Another gracious area is the dining room, with ornate coving, picture rail and a fireplace with stone hearth housing a woodburner. It is open to a hall, with a larder and quarry-tiled flooring continuing through to the kitchen/
This has a cream Aga, wall and base cupboards, plumbing for a dishwasher, space for a fridge-freezer, a side garden outlook and a stable door to a utility area. This tile-floored area has plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher, space for appliances and a garden outlook and access.
Next door is a fully tiled shower room and also downstairs is a study.
The split-level first-floor landing leads to a bedroom with tongue-and-groove panelling below a dado rail and an en-suite shower, WC and handbasin, the library/bedroom, study/bedroom and a boiler room.
A Velux window lights the second-floor landing, leading to a double bedroom, two double dressing room/bedrooms and a separate WC.
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