Greatest thing since baked bread

By Judy Marriott

Friday, December 13, 2013


Greatest thing since baked bread

The Bake House in Albert Street Cowes.



Bedrooms...Four/five doubles

Price...Guide £349,950

Agent...Fox Property

Tel...01983 292929

ONCE it provided the daily bread for its Cowes neighbourhood but today, a lofty house offers lots of stylish space, with reminders of bygone days.

Available chain-free, The Bake House, close to the heart of town, in Albert Street, has four floors of newly refurbished accommodation, including four/five double bedrooms.

Occupying the whole of the lower ground floor is a fabulous kitchen/ diner, where the bread was once baked and taken up to the floor above, to be sold from a shop, which is now a particularly spacious lounge.

On the floors above are four bedrooms and two stunning identical bathrooms, cleverly combining period style looks with modern amenities.

Vintage and pale colours, with plain walls and soft neutral carpeting in living areas, bedrooms and on stairs and landings create a crisp, light backdrop that shows off quality fitments and details to best advantage.

Old features include an original staircase, panelled doors with brass knobs and matching keyhole covers.

Modern bonuses include PVCu double glazed windows.

Reached via double doors from the large dining area and also accessed via a side passageway is the sunny south-facing back garden, completely laid to low-maintenance decking and well enclosed by tall wooden fencing.

The Bake House has a pretty, soft pink washed frontage, with decorative barge boards and two big square bay windows.

Beyond the front door is an entrance area, with an attractive staircase to the first floor, stairs down to the lower ground floor and doors to rear-facing bedroom five/study and the lounge.

The lounge runs the 25ft depth of the house, with a rear window overlooking the deck and a front box bay window. Its focal point is a feature fireplace, with tiled hearth.

On the lower ground floor is the gorgeous kitchen, with huge stone-coloured floor tiles, a timber ceiling beam and Shaker-style units, with contrasting black granite worksurfaces.

The focus is a large granite topped island, with one sweeping curved side, seating for three or four, a built-in sink, integrated dishwasher and storage.

The kitchen opens out to the full- width dining area, with rear windows and doors and a cloakroom with a WC and vanity hand basin off.

Off the first-floor landing is a bathroom, big bedroom one, with a walk-in front bay window and a built-in cupboard and bedroom two, with a pretty cast-iron fireplace and rear views towards East Cowes.

The luxurious bathroom, with stone- coloured floor tiles, houses a period-style suite, including a roll-top, claw foot bath, twin pedestal hand basins and a high-cistern WC. It also has a huge shower cubicle, with two rainfall heads and a chrome towel rail.

An identical second floor bathroom serves a large, front-aspect bedroom with an Adam-style fireplace and a bedroom looking towards East Cowes.

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