Realm House is an elegant detached home situated in a quiet spot in Bembridge. It has a wing that could be converted into an annexe, plus plenty of entertaining space outside. Picture by Laura Holme.
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A LARGE, elegant detached house in a very quiet road in the popular sailing village of Bembridge is sure to attract a lot of attention from families looking for an attractive home ready to move in for a summer of fun.
And Realm House, in Heathfield Road, comes with a desirable bonus — an almost self-contained wing that could easily be converted to an annexe for family or visitors, with a kitchen (currently the utility room), WC with washbasin and two ground-floor rooms. A second staircase leads to a lovely en-suite bedroom.
Realm House was built less than 20 years ago but reclaimed bricks give it a mellow appearance.
Its wide frontage means there is plenty of parking on the gravelled front for family and visitors, for up to six cars, plus store — ideal for boaty bits, too.
The wooden front door opens to a spacious hallway with flagstone floor. The understairs cupboard houses a modern gas combination boiler.
On one side is the main reception room (19ft 7ins x 10ft 11ins), a delightful room with beamed ceiling, stone fireplace and windows front and back, including French doors.
Also off the hallway is the big family kitchen/breakfast room (19ft 7ins x 11ft 8ins), with windows front and back and light ceramic-tiled floor.
Cream wooden cupboards and drawers, dark Durapol worktops and sink, Samsung wine cooler and dresser unit are complemented by a six-burner gas range cooker with Smeg electric double oven and tall, double-door American-style fridge/freezer.
The present owners have lived at the house for ten years and have made many changes, including adding luxurious modern en-suite shower or bathrooms to each of the four first-floor bedrooms.
They also added the downstairs cloakroom, well-fitted utility room with sink and fitted units, dining room and hobby room/bedroom five — all accessed via an inner hallway off the kitchen, which gives potential for a separate annexe.
The main staircase from the entrance hallway leads to a landing and doors to three more double bedrooms.
The master suite, which looks out through a dormer window, has an impressive en-suite shower room with large corner shower. The bedroom is large enough for a wardrobe but you will never be short of storage, as another door leads to a dressing room with hanging rails, built-in unit and window over the back garden.
Bedroom two and three are also doubles, offering space for family or visitors. Bedroom two has its own bathroom, with oval bath, and bedroom three has bi-folding doors to a tiled shower cubicle and WC.
The wide, lawned garden offers privacy and seclusion, with mature shrubs and trees, A summerhouse at one end and barbecue patio at the other make it a wonderful space for entertaining and relaxing all summer long.