To the extended manor born

By Judy Marriott

Friday, January 24, 2014


To the extended manor born

West Windcliffe, Niton, combines a new extension with period details.



Bedrooms...Three/four doubles


Agent...01 Estate Agents

Tel...01983 855101

HIDDEN away in huge wooded grounds, close to the IW’s southern coast, is a period property that started out as a wing of a manor house but is now a superb home in its own right.

A combination of old and new make West Windcliffe, set in three quarters of an acre of land below Old Blackgang Road, Niton, a one-off, blending character with modern practicality.

As well as the high-ceilinged three/four-bedroom old part, built originally a wing of Windcliffe Manor and retaining sash windows, elaborate cornice, doors and fireplaces, there is a magnificent contemporary addition.

In 2006 the owners replaced a Victorian conservatory with a striking vaulted-ceilinged area, housing an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room with adjoining utility/shower room.

This spacious, architect-designed area is a great multi-purpose focal area linking beautifully to the gardens.
Wooded areas stretching to the side and up to the quiet road at the back attract wildlife.

The long rear drive descends to a parking area with turning space and a wooded path brings you to a private rear area, with a raised paved terrace and gravelled seating area with a shed and log store.

The handiest entrance is at the back, in the newest part of the home, with a door to a slate-floored vestibule leading to the kitchen/dining/living room and utility room. Both have oak flooring.

In the good-sized rear-facing utility room are base units, plumbing for a washing machine and dryer and a tiled alcove with shower.

Sunshine streams into the spectacular 22ft by 19ft open plan room for most of the day through five Velux ceiling windows, four front windows, four west-facing windows and doors to both sides.

Attractive features are original exposed stonework and a large multi-fuel stove, with exposed chimney and glossy black units with wooden worksurfaces arranged in an L-shape incorporating a dishwasher and tall fridge/freezer. There is an extractor above space for a cooker.

Next door is a large living room with deep coving, high skirting, a front square bay window and a fireplace with woodburning stove.

An L-shaped hall has a sash window, deep coving, stairs to the first floor, a corbelled arch and a door to a porch.

A lobby with a handbasin leads to a separate WC and front-facing study/bedroom four, which has decorative coving and a stove.

A huge rear window lights the staircase, rising to a landing with an inner hallway enhanced by deep coving and a large, original cast-iron fireplace. A paddle staircase leads to two attic rooms.

There are sea glimpses through trees from the three front-facing double bedrooms. One has a large box bay sash window while another houses a pretty fireplace and has a vanity handbasin.

In an attractive bathroom, with side and rear windows, is a white suite.
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