Bucklands in Church Path, East Cowes, has a vast amount of accommodation and potential. Picture by Peter Boam.
PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
Location: East Cowes
Bedrooms: Six/ seven plus two appartments
Estate: Red Squirrel Property Shop
Contact: 01983 521212
A unique, historic property has come onto the market in East Cowes.
Bucklands, in Church Path, has masses of accommodation and a vast amount of potential. The house was built in 1845 by Queen Victoria, as a parsonage for St James’s Church.
Records show by 1935 the property belonged to Viscount Gort, a well-known figure in East Cowes. In that year, he sold it to Cowes Estates Ltd.
Dr William Patrick Kelly bought the house in 1949. It served as his home and surgery until 1960, when he sold it to his brother, Dr Michael Joseph Kelly.
The present owners have lived there since 1987.
Bucklands is an imposing, three-storey building, surrounded by gardens. It occupies a large corner plot near the town centre. Close proximity to the ferry terminal, shops and floating bridge make the location exceptionally convenient.
The property has two self-contained apartments, each with a separate entrance. One has two bedrooms, the other has one. These units are ideal for letting, which would generate income for the owners.
The house has been modernised, with double glazing throughout and gas central heating.
Period features — including high ceilings, an impressive staircase and a marble fireplace — have been retained.
Entrance is through a glazed porch to the front door, which opens into a spacious hallway. The dining room and kitchen, both south-facing and sunny, are the first rooms off the hallway.
The dining room, which measures 13ft by 16ft, contains an original, marble fireplace.
The kitchen, 12ft by 11ft, is painted cheerful yellow and fitted with cream-painted units, with green worktops. It has vinyl flooring and space for a range cooker. Off the kitchen is a larder.
Also on the ground floor are two bedrooms. The larger one measures 15ft by 16ft and has an en-suite bathroom. The other ground-floor bedroom is 13ft by 12ft, with a shower room next door.
The first floor has the bright, sunny master bedroom, measuring 13ft by 16ft. Across the landing is the family bathroom, a large room with white suite, gold carpet and black tiles.
Next door to the bedroom is the sitting room, 15ft by 16ft. This has an electric fire with brick surround. This room could be the seventh bedroom.
The second floor has three more bedrooms.
Doors to the two apartments are at the back of the house. The two-bedroomed apartment is on the first floor. It has an open-plan kitchen/living room, with fitted beech units.
The one-bedroomed apartment is on the ground floor. It has a separate lounge and kitchen.
The property extends to approximately one-third of an acre, which includes a large, gravelled parking area.
The gardens are enclosed by hedges and fences. They are mainly lawn, with a woodland area, including mature trees.