Edwardian style and splendour

By Judy Marriott

Friday, April 11, 2014


Edwardian style and splendour

The kitchen. Pictures by Robin Crossley.


The many sunlit, spacious rooms and wonderful large secluded gardens at a charming period home in Totland Bay make it the full fantastic package for a family and those who love having house guests.

Extensive high standard works have brought the generous space at beautiful Briarwood House in Church Hill up to date in superb style while conserving features from its 1903 origins.

Arranged over three floors it has four large bedrooms plus three enchanting top-floor bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen/breakfast room, an elegant separate dining room, an airy sitting room leading to a bright conservatory and a welcoming library/reception hall.

High leafy boundaries enclose the big child-friendly lawned back gardens on two levels with plants and shrubs enhancing the upper level. The flat lower area — formerly a tennis court — leads to a delightful secret garden with two tall pines, vegetable beds and a greenhouse.

Beyond ample front turning and parking space is a detached garage and a central brick path leads through pretty lawned gardens with shrubs and flower borders to the front door.

Original tiled flooring in the enclosed entrance porch is matched by tiling in a cloakroom area off the inner hallway.

Gracing the appealing side and front-facing library/reception room off the entrance porch is a corner fireplace with marble surround housing a woodburning stove.

The next-door dining room, with a big front bay window and a Rayburn solid fuel burner with tiled surround, is a super setting for entertaining.

Long narrow windows flank an attractive fireplace with a woodburning stove in the sitting room leading to the tile-floored, double-glazed conservatory with a lovely garden outlook and rear double doors.

Along with bespoke buttermilk units, solid oak worksurfaces and a double butler sink, the rear and side-aspect kitchen has space for a range cooker and an integrated dishwasher.

Limestone flooring with electric heating beneath flows on into the bright breakfast area and triple-aspect study area beyond.

There is plumbing for a washing machine and dryer in the utility/boot room.

Off a half landing is a gorgeous bathroom with a period-style white suite, including a cast-iron ball and claw-foot roll-top bath.

The spacious main landing leads to a shower room, separate WC and four large bedrooms. Two overlook the back garden, two front-facing and three have built-in wardrobes. Bedroom two has scope for creating en-suite facilities.

Two of the enchanting sloping ceilinged bedrooms off the roomy top-floor landing have downland views and one of these also has a sea glimpse.

The third has a front pothole window, a side dormer window and a pretty original leaded door to a small display cabinet.

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