Evelyn House, Ryde combines the grace of a period home with modern luxury.
Price...Offers over £415,000
A FEAST for the eyes, with elegant period features and modern styling, yet practical too — this is Evelyn House, at Ryde.
All these qualities combine at the detached house, in Marlborough Road, to create what is, in the words of the owner, "a really great house".
It is the owners of the past seven years who have turned it into the luxurious four/five-bedroom family home it is.
Evelyn House, which was built in 1879 and had Francis Pittis as its first tenant, has undergone top-to-bottom improvements and refurbishment, including new PVCu double-glazed sash windows, new gas central heating, a solar panel providing hot water in summer and a water softener.
The sociable heart of the home is a contemporary kitchen/dining room with gleaming granite worktops, a huge central island with seating and LED lighting in the dining room that can vary the mood to suit the occasion. This open-plan area has comfortably seated around 20 for a meal.
In summer, guests can filter out on to a full-width deck in the back garden, a sunny, leafy area carefully designed for entertaining and to look good all year.
Great when the weather prevents outdoor gatherings is a games room. This leads to side decking.
Bathrooms at Evelyn House could grace a glossy magazine, with the upstairs main bathroom, fully tiled in pale cream porcelain, housing a huge Jacuzzi bath, big shower cubicle and streamlined white, wall-hung basin and WC.
Downstairs in the wet room is a rainfall shower room and mellow travertine tiling to the walls and floor.
While giving the house a contemporary look, with lovely muted decor, the owners have preserved period style, replicating decorative cornice and retaining ceiling roses in the lounge and two bedrooms, an ornate fireplace in the lounge and the elegant staircase.
Practical touches include built-in cupboards providing ample storage inside and a deep shed outside.
The sunny, enclosed back garden is a gravelled Mediterranean-style area, with architectural shrubs and palms in big planters and a shaded, paved sitting area.
Also neat and well-maintained is the gravelled split-level front garden, with parking for several cars.
Off the entrance hall is the spacious lounge, with a front bay window, fireplace with decorative slate surround and cast iron and tiled inset and the relaxing focal point of double- sided tropical fishtank, set into the wall to the dining room.
Opposite is a front-facing sitting room with an opening to the play room.
Glossy white units, Venetian gold granite worksurfaces, travertine floor tiles and an array of built-in and integrated Neff appliances feature in the kitchen.
The main upstairs landing leads to the large front-facing master bedroom, with a walk-in dressing room, side-facing bedroom two and two more double bedrooms.
Off a lower landing is the bathroom and rear-facing bedroom five/office.
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