254 Park Road, Cowes, is a spacious family home in a good position, with beautifully laid-out gardens.
AN Edwardian house at Cowes, which works wonderfully for a family while retaining remind-ers of its heritage, has stood the test of time.
Number 254 is a superb example of the substantial period properties in Park Road that are popular for their generous proportions, character and location.
It has everything the modern-day family needs, with five bedrooms and open plan kitchen/dining and living space.
Lofty ceilings give a sense of space and two of the bedrooms, created from attic space and one with views to the sea, are ideal for teenagers and older children.
Downstairs is mum and dad’s domain, the airy master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, plus a fourth double bedrooms and a good-sized single.
Dating from 1914, the semi-detached house has original features, including sash and stained-glass windows, cornices, picture rails, skirting boards, stripped doors, pretty fireplaces in three bedrooms and curved wall detail in the hall, front reception room and dining room.
A wide rear terrace off the sitting room is great for entertaining and the beautifully laid-out gardens beyond need only minimal maintenance. Neat beds with shrubs and a raised deck area border a rectangular lawn and there is gated access to the productive part of the garden, which has fruit bushes, raised vegetable beds and a wide workshop.
Hedging screens the block-paved front parking space for two cars.
Providing kerb appeal is the original front door, with decorative stained-glass panels, narrow side panels and a canopy with ornate ironwork.
Dominating the hall, with its cornice and picture rail, is an oak staircase, with a cupboard and coats area beneath it.
A front box-bay window, with coloured top lights, a cast-iron fireplace with a wooden surround and gas fire, cornice and picture rail all create character in the front reception room, which has oak-style flooring.
Black, slate-effect flooring and dark work surfaces contrast with wooden units in the kitchen, which has plumbing for a dishwasher, space for an American-style fridge-freezer and a breakfast bar extending into the dining room.
Matching wall and floor units are fitted in the utility room, which has plumbing for a washing machine and a cloakroom/shower room off it.
The dining room, with a feature fireplace, cornice and picture rail, opens into the sitting room. This has Velux windows and windows and doors to the terrace.
Off the L-shaped first-floor landing is a refurbished bathroom, fully tiled in neutral shades and with a white suite including a bath, WC, shower cubicle and contemporary vanity handbasin.
The en-suite shower room to rear-facing bedroom one is also fully tiled.
Long and narrow bedroom five also overlooks the garden, while good-sized bedroom two has stained-glass panels above sash windows in a front box bay.
Sloping ceilings with Velux windows and good head-height feature in the two top-floor double bedrooms.
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