Blend of ancient and modern

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, October 12, 2012 - 11:09


Blend of ancient and modern

47 Beckford Road, Cowes.



Bedrooms...Four doubles

Price...Guide £295,000

Agent...Waterside Properties

Tel...01983 210492

FROM its pristine white-painted front picket fence onwards, a period house in a residential street close to the heart of Cowes is wonderfully smart throughout with a lovely light, fresh feel.

What is not immediately evident from the first impression of 47 Beckford Road, however, is the generous size of its accommodation laid out on three floors.

Along with four double bedrooms, the Victorian terraced house has a good-sized kitchen/diner, sitting room with study area, shower room and bathroom.

Modern decor combines superbly with fine remaining period features, including an attractive original staircase, feature fireplaces, deep skirting, painted original floorboards and a pretty archway with corbels in the entrance hall.

The house comes with a low-maintenance back garden ideal for entertaining, which is sunny from the afternoon onwards and has an extensive decked area reached from the kitchen with plenty of space for a table and chairs for outside meals and entertaining.

The sheltered garden — which can be accessed from the front via a shared tunnel — has a lower gravelled area beyond the deck.

Steps lead up to the front door fronted by decorative quarry tiles and opening into the hallway with white-painted floorboards.

This area and a double bedroom off are an attractive introduction to the house. As well as a front bay window, the bedroom has an original feature fireplace with white surround, decorative tiles and a cast-iron inset.

Beyond a corbelled archway is the inner hall with stairs to the first and lower ground floors and a door to the sitting room, an L-shaped room with natural light coming in through large rear and side windows and double doors in a study area to a rear Juliet balcony providing a side sea glimpse.

As you descend to the lower ground-floor lobby, an accent wall with floral wallpaper creates vibrant impact.

It also features in the rear-facing dining area of the stylish L-shaped kitchen/diner with streamlined white glossy units, contrasting dark worksurfaces, a built-in electric hob and double oven and a neatly concealed fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Double doors link the kitchen to the deck.

This level also includes a double bedroom with front skylights and built-in cupboards and a smart shower room cleverly concealed beneath the stairs.

Another richly-coloured accent wall brightens the first-floor landing where neutral carpet continues into two double bedrooms.

Two pretty arch-topped front windows and an original fireplace with cast iron inset feature in the master bedroom.

Opposite is a long, rectangular-shaped bedroom with a fine sideways view across the sea to the mainland.

The stylish upstairs bathroom can be accessed from here and from the landing and houses an attractive chunky modern white suite with a shower and screen over the large bath.

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