- Fabulous CENTRAL Location
- Huge amount of Character
- Beautiful Handmade Kitchen and Breakfast Room
- Large Peaceful Drawing Room
- Master Bedroom Suite with Ensuite and Dressing Room
- 4 Double Bedrooms, 2 with Ensuite
- Snug OPENING TO FULL WIDTH RAISED TERRACE
- Games room
- UNRIVALLED HARBOUR VIEWS< LARGE PRIVATE SLIPWAY
- SECURE PARKING area and GARDEN DECK
Westbourne House is a delightful Grade II listed property located in one of the few spots in Cowes which has water frontage including a slipway.
Built in 1752 by Stephen Day, it formed one half of Birmingham Hall, the other part known as Medina House. A plaque on the outside wall records the birth of Thomas Arnold in June 1795 who later became the Headmaster of Rugby School, making the institution noted as one of the best amongst English public schools of the day. The home later became a private school for girls in the 1920's which is when it became known as Westbourne House.
Arranged over 4 stories, Westbourne House has rooms that offer versatility of uses, and include five double bedrooms, three with ensuites, a games room, a snug that opens to a full width terrace, a large formal drawing room and a welcoming kitchen/breakfast room which is truly the central heart of the home. All the rooms at the rear of the property enjoy superb views of Cowes Harbour across to Portsmouth and the mainland.
Westbourne House is south facing at the front, with sun streaming through large sash windows into all the front facing rooms and landings- giving a special light quality throughout. Original features abound and include large fireplaces, decorative architraves, wooden internal shutters and a magnificent staircase. Houses of this genre and quality rarely come to the market especially with such an interesting and historic past, we strongly recommend viewing this home to fully appreciate the flexibility of the accommodation and its superior location with water frontage.
The property is literally a few minutes walk away from all the amenities that Cowes Town has to offer right on your doorstep, including Sailing and Yacht Clubs, restaurants, bars and shops. The fast speed passenger service 'Red jet' is a few minutes walk away as is the connection for the vehicle ferry to Southampton just along the road and across on the chain link ferry.
Approaching The Property
The area to the front has an original wall and iron gates leading to this imposing Grade II listed home.
The property retains the elegance of the Georgian period with features that include an imposing facade of Neoclassical style with stucco columns and an original front door that opens to an impressive hallway.
The entrance hall is impressive, with its high ceilings, oak flooring and original large sash windows which allow a beautiful quality of light to flood through onto a fabulous staircase and the spaces around. The wide treads curve down and wind up several floors through the building, Ornate wooden mouldings and original carved detailing decorate the stairwell and flow with it into all levels. Period features abound in this lobby with a 'butlers bell', deep skirting boards and waist high panelling on the walls. All rooms on this floor are large and bright and include a Games Room, Snug, cloakroom and a bedroom. Beautiful views can be had over the water from the double bedroom, with original wooden shutters to the windows, as well as from the snug with doors that open onto the decked balcony. A marble fire surround with slate heart hold a period style gas fire complete with 'coals' in the Snug whilst in the Games Room a large black marble fireplace is a central feature, both these rooms have the original sash windows.
Proceeding up the stairs, as you turn on the stairway, is a cupboard for coats and outdoor wear. Reaching the first floor, on the left there are two windows to the fore of the property, the staircase continues up on the right, with the rooms on this level being a double bedroom with ensuite shower room and a truely impressive drawing room the width of the property. This elegant room has
four large sash windows giving wonderful views across the water and harbour. Original features include detailed door architrave and a handsome fireplace.
The final floor has a landing which is sunny, bright and has sash windows looking out over the front of the building which has access to the loft which is fully insulated and partially boarded.
Arguable the best vistas can be found from the two bedrooms on this top floor. The generous master bedroom has built in seating and wardrobes along with a large ensuite shower room and dressing room with built in hanging wardrobes and cupboards. The other double bedroom also has built in wardrobes and similiary overlooks the rear of the property. The last room on the floor is a shower room with vanity unit and wc.
The staircase leads to the lower floor arriving in a lobby with a high level hanging bell, built in cupboards and a door to the parking area, slipway and decked terrace. Sweeping off to the left is a cloakroom and utility area with space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, linen cupboards and storage. Following around from here is a generous double room which is very tranquil with built in wardrobes, sash window to the front as well as an ensuite fitted with a bath with shower over, low level WC and washbasin.
Returning to the downstairs lobby there is a doorway leading to the magnificent bespoke kitchen and dining area, a truly inviting and special room with underfloor heating! Fitted with handmade painted wooden 'Shaker' style units with solid wood work surfaces. A large island with antiqued granite work surface and inset basin with tap provides excellent work surface space and incorporates an integral 'Miele' dishwasher and separate wine fridge. Other integral appliances include a 'Miele' combination oven/grill/microwave and induction hob. Additionally there is a 7 hob gas range cooker. The dining area easily fits a 12 seater table and chairs with room for additional seating to relax in. With more sash windows plus bi folding wooden doors opening out to coveted views, this expansive room is a hub for entertaining and socialising.
Rear Of The Property
In recent years the slipway has been upgraded by resurfacing and can accommodate at least 2 watercrafts. Landscaping in this rear area includes mature plants, a bbq and relaxation area as well as a large driveway accessed via a 5 bar gate at the side.
Council tax band: G (2022 £3531.69)
Gas central heating - Vaillant boiler with magna cleanse