The Old School House, Brading, is a stone's throw from the village high street. Picture by Peter Boam.
Agents...Laurie Calloway and Hose Rhodes Dickson
Tel...01983 527744 and 01983 565658
IT would be a good idea to go back to school, or rather a home that once came with a school, if charming surroundings, a lovely garden and becoming part of a community are a must for your next abode.
Hidden away in leafy, secluded gardens opposite the beautiful Norman church in historic Brading is The Old School House, a characterful three-bedroom home that is a delight to discover.
It is reached via its own private road and dates back in part to the 18th century, with extensions carried out in Victorian times.
When the current owners bought it two decades ago, they added a superb rear garden room ideal for relaxing and admiring the enchanting gardens, which amount to around a third of an acre.
Mellow pine doors, wooden panelling, deep windowsills and exposed brick grace the welcoming detached home.
In addition to three double bedrooms and the garden room, it has two comfortable reception rooms, a country-style kitchen, a WC and the handy assets of a utility room and pantry.
The high street is only steps away and opposite is the church hall, the focal point for many activities.
Off the private road is gated access to a rear parking space next to a shed and a separate pedestrian gate to the front gardens.
Surrounding the home and enclosed by hedges and walls which provide screening, the gardens include lawned areas and a wealth of shrubs, plants and trees creating interest. Those who enjoy making preserves will be in their element as there is a fig tree, vines producing red and white grapes and pear, greengage, apple and quince trees.
A path leads past the climber-hung frontage to the entrance door opening to a hallway with a short flight of stairs to the first floor.
The sitting room with an attractive wooden surround to a fireplace housing a gas coal-effect fire, and the dining room opposite both have a front window.
Wooden-panelling to one wall in the dining room extends through to the stairwell and there is a deep understairs cupboard. Next to the dining room is the tile-floored kitchen looking over the back garden and with exposed brickwork creating character. Along with fitted base units it has a built-in gas hob and double electric ovens, space for a fridge freezer and plumbing for a dishwasher.
On one side of the kitchen is a lobby leading to the pantry and WC and on the other is the utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and dryer and a rear door.
The brick-built garden room has a tiled roof keeping it cool in summer and a set of French doors at each end that can be fully opened to let breezes in.
The first-floor landing leads to two bedrooms looking out to the church, each with built-in wardrobes.
Also with built-in wardrobes is bedroom three overlooking the garden.
A bathroom with fully tiled walls and a suite, including a separate shower as well as a bath, completes the accommodation.
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