THE owner of a delightfully different property in the heart of Bembridge sums up its quirky appeal perfectly as "a fun place to live".
Behind the period facade of The Courtyard, in the High Street, is accommodation that can be one large home, have up to three letting units or be used for bed and breakfast.
Living space stretching back in an L-shape around a leafy courtyard includes five bedrooms, one within a ground-floor apartment and two comprising upstairs en-suite letting units sharing a kitchenette.
The main part of the property cannot fail to impress. It includes a sitting room with a mezzanine level and a high window to an amenity that will delight musical and creative types. It is a recording studio looking into the courtyard, with scope for use as an artist’s studio, third bedroom to the main home or a variety of other purposes.
The studio can be accessed only via a sun terrace reached from the master bedroom suite. On the other side of this en-suite room is another, larger, south-facing roof terrace.
This can also be reached from a metal staircase outside, providing independent access via the kitchenette area to the two front-facing letting rooms. Each has an en-suite bathroom.
The hub of the main home is the wonderful, 36ft-long kitchen/diner looking into the courtyard. This is a fantastic entertaining space, easily accommodating a table for 12 in the light dining area with doors to the courtyard.
Oak flooring stretches throughout and gleaming black granite work surfaces contrast with cream floor units as well as featuring on an island unit in the kitchen.
Above a built-in gas hob is a striking contemporary extractor. There is an electric oven, integrated dishwasher and plumbing for a washing machine.
The centrepiece of the room is a spiral staircase leading to the master bedroom, which overlooks the courtyard and has monochrome decor echoed by dark, marble-style tiling and similar Karndean flooring in the en-suite bathroom. This has a white suite.
Polished wooden flooring in the entrance hall to the main home continues into the vaulted ceilinged part of the sitting room. This looks into the courtyard and has wooden steps to the mezzanine level, which is ideal as a library or gallery space. A huge woodburning stove dominates the lower-ceilinged, carpeted part of the room.
Positioned off an inner hall connecting to the kitchen is a cloakroom with WC and a double bedroom with a fully-tiled en-suite shower room.
The ground-floor apartment at the front of the property comprises a 28ft, open-plan living room with tiled flooring, extensive shelving and a door to a double bedroom with a glass brick wall and a shower room.
In the courtyard is a sunny paved area.
An off-road parking area at the front of The Courtyard lead to double wooden gates with space beyond.
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