SHALFLEET HOUSE Originally built as the vicarage and packed full of history, Shalfleet House is believed to originate from 1873 with multiple later additions that have led to this imposing and fine house. It is understood that in the early 1870's the Simeon's of Swainston Manor gifted a large plot of land to the parish which is located close to the church to build the new vicarage. Is its assumed that the Simeon's helped fund the construction.
Available to the market for the first time since 1956 and having served three generations of the same family, illustrating that this is a great opportunity for a new owner to acquire this significant house. This important house offers extensive accommodation over three floors and is positioned in a sought-after location within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a stone's throw of the breath-taking Newtown Nature Reserve. The house retains a wonderful array of period features and would now benefit from modernisation.
This is an exceptional family home with characterful yet flexible accommodation and well-proportioned rooms. The gardens are particularly impressive with a croquet lawn area, orchard, hard tennis court, formal lawns, and quality outbuildings.
LOCATION The picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth is 3 miles away with a range of shops, restaurants, The George Hotel, and a frequent ferry service to Lymington. In addition to the Sailing Club and Yacht Club there are moorings available on the River Yar. The natural harbour and nature reserve of Newtown provides further mooring facilities and is about a 20-minute walk. The world-renowned sailing centre of Cowes is a 20-minute drive where there is also a high-speed passenger ferry service to Southampton taking about 20 minutes.
The immediate surrounding countryside is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with excellent walking and riding available on the network of country and coastal lanes and paths providing some dramatic scenery. In addition to sailing and a range of other water sports on the waters surrounding the island there is an array of outdoor country sports.
Yarmouth 3 miles - Cowes 10.2 miles
THE MAIN HOUSE Entrance porch with a front door to entrance hall with an elegant staircase off to the first floor.
DRAWING ROOM A well-proportioned room with southerly and westerly views over the gardens with a feature fireplace at one end. This room is understood to have been extended by the military to include a viewing roof terrace above.
SITTING ROOM A stunning, formal and well-proportioned double aspect room (south & east facing) with large windows, wood burner and fitted bookshelves.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Fitted with a range of wooden base and wall cupboards incorporating a baby blue electric fired, two oven Aga.
STUDY A fine west facing room with wood burner, high ceilings and a fabulous aspect.
UTILITY ROOM/BOILER ROOM A good sized room with a range of built in cupboards. There is a range of ancillary rooms including a wine cellar, larder with slate surfaces, parlour, store, and ground floor WC.
Secondary staircase to the first floor.
The principal staircase leads to a wide landing to the front of the house. A further landing extends through the first floor to the secondary staircase.
BEDROOM ONE A particularly spacious principal bedroom with a south facing window and west facing doors leading out onto the west facing balcony offering magnificent long-range views. Built in wardrobe.
BEDROOM TWO Bedroom 2 Wonderful south and east facing views over the gardens. Open fireplace. Built in wardrobe. Sink over built in cupboard.
BEDROOM THREE West facing with garden, paddock, and long-range country views. Sink over built in cupboard. Built in wardrobe. Shower Room With shower, Pedestal wash hand basin and WC.
BEDROOM FOUR Built in shelving and wardrobe cupboard.
First floor sitting room Stunning views westwards and to the north towards Newtown Creek and The Solent beyond. Newly fitted external galvanised steel staircase.
SECOND FLOOR Secondary staircase. Further kitchen/breakfast room leading to a double bedroom.
THE FLAT A well-presented one-bedroom flat is accessed internally from the first-floor landing or from the east side of the house. It has its own staircase, kitchen/diner, and bathroom with WC.
THE COTTAGE A single storey self-contained cottage, providing ideal accommodation for staff, guests, or relatives. This is located at the northern end and is not adjoining the main house. There is ample parking to the side, and it has its own garden area.
THE STABLE BLOCK An attractive period brick building currently being used as further storerooms/workshop with a partial first floor at the western end. This building would make an excellent cottage/annex (subject to obtaining any necessary consents) should further accommodation be required.
OUTBUILDINGS There are a range of quality outbuildings including a relatively modern three bay brick built detached garage complex and a boat storage building with the ability to store multiple boats under shelter.
FURTHER INFORMATION Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession on completion.
Services: Mains water, electricity, and private drainage.
VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment with the joint sole agents, Waterside Isle of Wight & Spence Willard
DIRECTIONS Directions (Postcode: PO30 4NS)
From Yarmouth head eastwards on the A3054 for about 3 miles and just as you approach Shalfleet, the house is located on the left (north side) hand side of the road, behind the mature trees. From Cowes / Newport. Proceed West along the A3054 towards Yarmouth. Having passed the New Inn pub in Shalfleet, continue for approximately 400m and turn right into the gravelled driveway.