Superb features in landmark home

By Judy Marriott

Friday, May 2, 2014


Superb features in landmark home

This manificent property is in a superb setting in Shanklin, with large rooms featuring oak panelling, parquet flooring and stained glass windows. Picture by Jennifer Burton.


Location: Shanklin

Bedrooms: Six doubles

Price: Guide £950,000

Agent: Biles and Co

Contact: 01983 282222

THE magnificence of wide views over the sea to Culver Cliff, the glory of stunning stained glass windows and the grandeur of oak panelling are all aspects of life at a landmark Island home.

Standing on the clifftop at Littlestairs Road, Shanklin, The Marine Villa, with a white exterior and distinctive green glazed tiled roof, creates an impact befitting of its superb setting.

The interior of the six-bedroom house, dating from 1929 and designed by noted architect, Ernest Smith, is also impressive.

Large rooms boast tall oak panelling, wooden parquet flooring, gorgeous windows — some stained glass and others with stained glass top lights — and a lovely wide oak staircase rising to a galleried landing.

Renovation by the owners includes smart modern bathrooms and there is an attractive, well-fitted kitchen.

Main rooms have fabulous views of the sun rise across Sandown Bay. A great vantage point is a first-floor sun room, reached by three bedrooms and with windows folding open.

Below it is another lovely sun room overlooking the glorious back gardens and accessed from the dining room, morning room and imposing triple-aspect drawing room.

Outdoor dining is catered for by a deck off the kitchen and a large paved rear terrace.

Looking over the bay and backing onto the cliff path, the landscaped lawned gardens include a wide array of shrubs and plants, gravelled paths, a rill leading to a circular pond, with ornamental fountain, and a second circular pond.

There is parking for a good number of cars at the front.

Four pretty stained glass windows enhance the large entrance porch, leading to an impressive reception hall, with wood panelling and looking up to the galleried landing, with two beautiful stained glass windows.

Parquet flooring continues into the magnificent drawing room, with decorative cornice, a huge circular window and rear and side windows.

It also features in the morning room and the dining room, with oak panelling and ceiling beams.

Striking black wall tiles contrast with ivory coloured units in the kitchen, with breakfast bar seating, a built-in gas hob and electric ovens.

Bedroom six has an en-suite wet room and also downstairs are two WCs.

The upstairs landing leads to three modern bathrooms and five bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room.

Three bedrooms have fantastic sea views and another looks through the upper sun room to the sea.

Big bright bedroom one has a huge circular window and a columned opening linking its two areas.

The Marine Villa comes with planning permission for a detached three-bedroom house with sea views and a garden, where its garage is sited.

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