Try new start at The Old House

By Judy Marriott

Friday, February 28, 2014


Try new start at The Old House

The Old House in Main Road, Brighstone, is a 17th century detached house, which has been refurbished in style.



Four doubles, plus two in chalet


Megan Baker


A fabulous 17th century detached house in one of the Island’s most desirable villages has been beautifully restored and refurbished to include modern comforts and conveniences — and now exudes the sort of wow factor any homebuyer would love.

And if stunning looks and historic features aren’t enough, The Old House, in Main Road, Brighstone, also has potential for lettings or extended family visits, thanks to a two-bedroom chalet in the spacious gardens, plus permission to convert the double garage into a one-bedroom apartment.

Grade II listed and with neatly thatched roof, The Old House is built from traditional, mellow Island stone and gives a feeling of substance and space. Over the past five years, the owners have taken it into the 21st century by adding desirable amenities, such as en-suite bathrooms to all four bedrooms, modern oak flooring through most of the house, a well-equipped farmhouse kitchen and oil-fired central heating.

At the front, a large gravelled area provides parking for four cars, plus room for a boat or motorhome.

An oak front door opens into a welcoming porch, complete with radiator, and into the inner hallway with striking architectural staircase to the first floor.

On one side of the hallway is a second sitting room (17ft 4ins x 11ft 7ins) — with beamed ceiling, old stone fireplace and oak flooring — currently used as study.

Or turn right and step into the fabulous beamed drawing room (20ft 9ins x 17ft 1in), with deep-set windows on both sides, even a mullioned window with window seat. A wood-burning stove is fitted to the inglenook fireplace and thick original beams add even more character.

Quality oak flooring and light but neutral decor throughout gives a clean modern look, which makes the most of the original features. A lovely, light garden room, added three years ago, leads off the drawing room and adds another super place to relax.

The enormous farmhouse kitchen (19ft 8ins x 16ft 9ins) is the heart of the home and, with plenty of storage and worksurfaces, including an island unit with granite top, it is a cook’s dream.

A Belling range cooker has a six-burner Calor hob and electric oven and there is plumbing for dishwasher. A cool pantry cupboard and large utility room, which doubles as boot room, add extra space, and there is a downstairs WC, with handbasin.

Upstairs, four bedrooms — with distant sea and downland views — all have modern en-suite shower rooms/WC — perfect for harmonious living.

The large master bedroom’s fabulous en-suite bathroom has stunning central bath and large separate deluge shower.

The detached chalet, set in its own garden and with separate parking, has wood laminate flooring and two double bedrooms. Patio doors open into the lounge (16ft 1in x 10ft 3ins) and the kitchen is fitted with electric hob, oven and extractor.

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