Character home in rural idyll

By Judy Marriott

Friday, December 6, 2013


Character home in rural idyll

Apesdown House, off Calbourne Road.


Location...Between Newport and Calbourne

Bedrooms...Five doubles

Price...Guide £675,000

Agent...Hose Rhodes Dickson

Tel...01983 538090

A FEW minutes’ drive from Newport but seemingly a world away is an impressive rural home fulfilling the demands of modern day living while exuding the character of bygone days.

Dating back around three centuries with an elegant mid 19th century addition, welcoming Apesdown House, off Calbourne Road, has spacious, airy accommodation over three floors, including five double bedrooms.

It is a lovely, attractively presented home within over half-an-acre of grounds, where a large family can live happily.

Old and new happily rub shoulders with charming features, including beamed ceilings and brick fireplaces and a modern kitchen and bath/shower rooms plus PVCu double-glazed windows.

An intimate, heavily beamed dining room contrasts with a huge, open-plan kitchen/breakfast/living area with gorgeous travertine flooring and a partly pitched and beamed ceiling in the breakfast/living area.

There are delightful views over fields to the downs, a sheep-dotted hillside and pretty, large lawned gardens with fruit and mature trees extending to the east of the house, which adjoins fields.

A lawn and flower borders front the house with a side gravelled parking area for around five cars.

Smart oak flooring features in the entrance hall with stairs to the first floor.

Graced by wooden panelling beneath front and side windows, deep skirting boards and picture rail is the light sitting room with a wood-burning stove.

Next door is the dining room, overlooking the side garden and with a large brick fireplace housing a log burner.

Another big brick fireplace with log burner can be found in the front-aspect living room with an exposed ceiling beam and a door to a front and side-facing reception room/study/dining room.

From here and also reached from the hallway is the 29ft-long kitchen/breakfast/living room with windows and doors to the back garden.

Classic cream Shaker-style units and woodblock work surfaces are fitted in the kitchen — with an extractor over space for a range cooker — and also in a utility area off the breakfast/living area with plumbing for a dishwasher and washing machine and countryside views.

Also downstairs is a large tile-floored shower room.

Off the split-level upstairs landing with ceiling beams are three generous-sized bedrooms and a fully tiled bathroom with a shower cubicle as well as a bath.

Elegant, airy bedroom one has a front window and side garden views which can also be enjoyed from bedroom two with exposed ceiling beams.

A pretty arch-topped door opens from front-facing bedroom three to a fully tiled bathroom leading to a galleried landing accessed from the breakfast/living area.

Sloping beamed ceilings create character on the second floor housing a landing and two delightful bedrooms, one of them 22 ft long.

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