Unusual village home with history

By Judy Marriott

Friday, May 9, 2014


Unusual village home with history

Stunning coastal and countryside walks are close to this village home with two centuries of history. Picture by Peter Boam.


Location: Niton

Bedrooms: Three

Price: Guide £370,000

Agent: Daniels Homes

Contact: 717223

A QUIRKY home with many intriguing reminders of around two centuries of history is a charming place to settle down to village life and venture out on stunning coastal and countryside walks.

Looking out to the sea from its lofty position above Barrack Shute in the well provided for Niton is unusual Westcliff Lodge, offered for sale for the first time in 40 years.

The detached stone house, formerly the gate house to Westcliff, is enhanced by arched topped windows, flagstone flooring, barrel vaulted arched ceilings to some downstairs rooms and a deep bread oven.

Accommodation is upside down with entry on the first floor, where there are two reception rooms, a bedroom, shower room and an airy kitchen and conservatory, both added by the owners.

Sunny gardens, with flowers, shrubs and trees, attract wildlife, including squirrels, and have views to the sea.

A pretty, well-planted bank is neatly edged by sleepers slopes down to a high stone wall next to the shute and is quite a picture when thousands of snowdrops flower.

Follow a path along the top of the wall from a cobbled yard, with small lean-to greenhouse off the downstairs shower room, and you come to steps up to a hardstanding, fronting two sheds.

Beyond is the lawned main part of the garden, with a paved area near the conservatory, which is great for relaxing and looking out to the sea.

At the front of the lodge is gravelled parking for three or four cars.

An entrance lobby, leads to the entrance hall with flagstone flooring.

Part-height tongue and groove wall panelling and arch-topped windows to two sides are charming features of the sitting room.

Opposite and handy for a tile-floored shower room is double-sized bedroom one, with arched top windows giving sea glimpses through trees.

There is plenty of space for a table in the pleasant dining room with two arched topped windows. It leads to the bright kitchen, with sea views through the adjoining conservatory, a range of limed oak units, cooker point and integrated fridge freezer.

Next door is the double-glazed conservatory, a superb sunny area looking over the gardens to the sea.

Stone stairs wind down to the ground floor lobby, with striking brick arched ceiling and a curved feature that is the rear of the bread oven.

This is accessed from double-sized bedroom two, thought to have once been the kitchen.

As well as leading to this bedroom a corridor leads to the smart, recently built shower room.

On the other side of the downstairs lobby is a storage room with a brick ceiling, two arrow-slit style windows and a door to the third bedroom.

This bedroom, also with an arched brick ceiling, has an arrow slit window and a conventional window.

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