A tranquil life by the beach

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, October 26, 2012 - 11:09


A tranquil life by the beach

1, The Breakwaters, Bonchurch, occupies the whole of the ground floor of the elegant stone property.

HOMEFILELocation...BonchurchBedroooms...ThreePrice...£349,000Agent...01 Estate AgentsTel...01983855101

BARELY a pebble’s throw from the beach at tranquil Bonchurch and looking over the English Channel is a seafront home with an elegant, relaxing feel.

Number 1, Breakwaters, in sought-after Shore Road, is a spacious ground-floor apartment with its own garden to wind down in while watching the boats and the changing light on the water.

It is in one of four Victorian villas built by an associate of the current owner’s great, great, great grandfather, who constructed many Bonchurch homes.

At that time, Breakwaters was considered state of the art and the apartment has a legacy of period features, including lofty ceilings, ceiling roses, cornice, deep skirting and fireplace surrounds.

The owner says life there is blissful, as the quiet beaches on the doorstep attract just a few families and there is a sense there are only ships between there and France.

Being able to buy crabs and lobsters from a neighbouring fisherman is another aspect of the seaside lifestyle.

Ideal as a holiday home or let as well as a delightful permanent home, the apartment occupies the whole ground floor of the handsome stone building.

It shares a decorative quarry-tiled pathway and front door with one of the other two apartments at Breakwaters.
Beyond is number 1’s own front door to the L-shaped entrance hall, which has a dado rail, deep skirting, a large walk-in utility cupboard and an understairs cupboard with trapdoor to a cellar.

The living room is large and airy, with original ceiling roses, cornice, picture rails, deep skirting and the focal point of a large white surround with classical-style embellishments to a fireplace. This has a cast iron and tiled inset.

A sea-facing bay at the far end, with windows and doors to the private garden, has space for a dining table.
The side-facing kitchen, with a door to wide rear passageway, has modern white units with contrasting dark granite-style worktops and tiled flooring, a built-in electric cooker, gas hob, extractor hood, an integrated washing machine and space for a fridge and freezer.

Bedroom one has sea views through two big front windows and is enhanced by cornice, picture and dado rails and a large fireplace, which has a similar surround to the living room. There are extensive built in wardrobes and storage.

Also spacious and lofty-ceilinged is bedroom two, which has a picture rail.

Positioned off the front of the living room is light bedroom three, with views over the garden to the sea and an en-suite shower room with a white suite, tiled floor and partly-tiled walls.

A coloured suite features in the main bathroom.

A flint wall with inset face and reclining figure extends around the front and side of the apartment’s lawned front garden. This has flower beds and plenty of space for a table and chairs.

The rear passageway leads to a shed with power and plumbing for utilities and steps to a pathway to the old church.

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