Church View House, Shalfleet, was completed only last June, with modern, energy-efficient technology, but has the appearance of a property which has stood on the site for much longer. Picture by Laura Holme.
HOMEFILELocation...ShalfleetBedrooms...Five/sixPrice...£625,000Agent...Island Homes Estate AgencyTel...01983 522221
A HANDSOME house blending with Shalfleet’s Norman church across the road is an example of the beauty of native stone.
Although Church View House was completed only last June, its careful construction, using the same Bembridge Ledge stone as the church and many homes in the village, gives it the mellow appearance of a much older property.
Built on the grounds of the original vicarage, in Church Lane, the five/six-bedroom house was planned not just to enhance its setting but to be eco-friendly.
Beyond its traditional-style exterior is spacious accommodation, warmed by underfloor heating via an air-source heat pump, with discreetly placed solar panels providing hot water and treble-glazed windows helping to keep energy bills low.
Church View House has a three-storey layout, which can be adapted for a variety of needs.
A downstairs double bedroom looking out to the church and with an en-suite wet room is ideal for guests or elderly or disabled relatives. The first floor includes two flexible rooms — a good-sized single bedroom, used as a study, and big bedroom two, used as a second lounge.
At the front is an extensive gravelled area providing parking for a several vehicles and there is planning permission to build a detached car barn there.
Ideal for outdoor entertaining is a wide and sunny rear terrace.
Lawn beyond extends to tall conifers. A stream — which has a weir and never floods — attracts ducks to the garden.
Attractive oak-style flooring continues from the entrance hallway throughout the ground floor, including a cloakroom with contemporary white suite.
Heavy oak interior doors enhance the home and one leads to the open-plan living/dining/breakfast room and kitchen, stretching the full width at the rear.
Two sets of French doors open from this light-filled area to a wide terrace.
A multi-fuel stove is the focal point of the living area, which leads to the downstairs bedroom. A breakfast bar, incorporating a wine cooler, matches the bespoke pale units and woodblock-style work surfaces in the kitchen area.
As well as travertine wall tiles, the kitchen has a built-in induction hob, extractor, double oven and microwave and an integrated dishwasher.
In the next-door utility room, which has a side stable door, are matching units and worktops and plumbing for a washing machine.
Neutral carpeting continues to the first-floor landing and into the rear-facing master bedroom. Its dressing area with fitted wardrobes leads to a fully-tiled en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom two has a front and rear outlook and double doors to a balcony.
Next to the front-facing bedroom/study is the beautiful family bathroom, with a white suite.
On the second floor are two double bedrooms linked by a storage area. Both have tree-top views through a rear Velux window and one also has a side window.