This superb panorama is just one of the beautiful aspects from Coastguard Cottages, near Atherfield.
PROPERTY OF THE WEEKLOCATION: Near Atherfield
BEDROOMS: Two doubles
PRICE: £230,000 (chain free)
AGENT: Red Squirrel Property Shop
TEL: 01983 521212
PEACE and quiet plus stunning views to the sea and over miles of countryside make a cute former coastguard cottage the perfect refuge for re-energising and dispelling the stress of modern day life.
The glorious unspoilt coastline off the Military Road, near Atherfield, is the setting of 4 Coastguard Cottages, one of a row of homes set well back from the cliff top amid fields.
Here you can settle into two-double-bedroom space exuding charm and look out on calming southerly rear views to the sea in one direction and far inland to beautiful downland from front-facing windows.
Wonderful as a holiday bolthole or away-from-it-all permanent base the terraced cottage has lovely stripped pine doors and two pretty multi-fuel stoves, which, along with double glazing and oil-fired central heating, keep it cosy.
A bonus is a good-sized room at the top with a fabulous panoramic outlook to the sea, which could be a third double bedroom subject to planning permission.
Drive along a private lane to the cottages — with parking space available at the end — and the peaceful location will work its soothing magic on you.
The front garden, reached via a brick building with an attached shed and potting shed, has shingled areas and shrub beds.
There are lovely wide views towards Blackgang from the long, lawned back garden with a raised pond and a concrete shed at the end.
In the front entrance porch is storage space and plumbing for a washing machine.
The 17ft by 10ft kitchen/breakfast room beyond abounds with character. It has original stripped pine flooring, cottage-style cream Shaker wall and base units with woodblock-style worksurfaces, a built-in hob and oven and a multi-fuel stove within an attractive recess with mantel.
A spacious WC is positioned off.
Next door and with a matching multi-fuel stove in the lounge area is the 20ft-long lounge/diner with sea and coastal and French doors to the back garden from the dining area.
A door opens to the stairwell where a rear window frames a view to the sea and a rich red runner continues up the stairs onto the landing.
Both the bathroom with half-height pine panelling and a white suite, including a bath with a shower over, and bedroom two have far-reaching inland views to downland.
Bedroom one has a rear window with fine sea and coastal views to enjoy.
A mellow latched door opens to a stairwell with a rear window also framing a pretty rear view.
Full-sized carpeted stairs lead up to the loft room with wooden-panelled sloping ceilings, storage space below the eaves and a big rear Velux window, which when opened provides 360-degree countryside and sea views taking in Blackgang to the east.