The Hollies in Bembridge has been extended by its owners in style. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
Bedrooms: Four doubles
Agent: Jenny Turnbull
Contact: 01983 874777
OVER the past 12 years an attractive detached Bembridge house has grown into a beautiful capacious home able to cope wonderfully with the demands of family life.
During that time the owners of The Hollies, set well back from Steyne Road on a lovingly tended third-of-an-acre plot, have extended it in style and it fully deserves their description of it as 'terrific’ for themselves and their three offspring.
The house, retaining character features such as sash windows, doors and a fireplace, has been extended on two floors to one side.
This houses the upstairs master bedroom with a super en-suite bathroom plus a ground floor laundry room and a kitchen, which is part of the glorious 30ft kitchen/dining/family room — the real hub of the home.
Another addition is the light-filled, heated rear conservatory, well used year round and the past setting of Christmas dinner for 18.
The gardens have also bloomed at the owners’ hands, with planting designed to ensure interest all year and a neatly laid out rear fruit and veg area with small greenhouse providing a wealth of produce.
Wavy-edged beds bursting with colour and greenery flank the wide lawn in the gorgeous 144ft-long back garden, a shaded summerhouse and a store.
Many shrubs and flowers adorn the front garden, which has lawned areas and an extensive gravelled driveway leading to a pitched-roof garage with boarded upper storage space.
Pale tiled flooring in the good-sized entrance hall continues into a cloakroom with WC, handbasin and part-panelled walls and into the laundry room with plumbing for a washing machine and dryer,
In the stunning kitchen/family room is built-in seating beneath a rear window, plenty of space for a big table, an original cast iron fireplace, built-in storage and a larder cupboard.
Made light by a rear window and French doors, the kitchen has gleaming granite worksurfaces above oak units, a solid wood-topped island, an integrated dishwasher and an extractor above space for a large range cooker.
Looking out and leading to the fabulous gardens is the heated conservatory, with a glazed door to the front-facing snug.
Next door is the elegant front-facing sitting room, with partly panelled walls, picture rail, handmade cupboards and a log burner in an open brick fireplace.
Off the long upstairs landing with a front window is the family bathroom with a white suite and four double bedrooms, three of them with built in wardrobes or cupboards.
The large en-suite bathroom to rear-facing bedroom one has a shower cubicle as well as a bath, WC and handbasin.
Pretty bedroom two is front-facing while bedroom four has a rear garden outlook and bedroom three is an ultra-bright room with front and rear windows.