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Escaping to Bonchurch

30.07.21

The sought-after coastal village of Bonchurch gained its popularity in the Victorian era when the area’s appealing microclimate combined with the dramatic southerly coastline led there to be many fine houses and villas built, with many renowned writers of the era such as Dickens and Swinburne frequenting the area. The picturesque village retains a pub and the 11th Century church and footpaths provide access to various bays including Monks Bay and excellent coastal walks. The adjoining town of Ventnor has a series of beachfront bars and restaurants, a fish market, a well-regarded ‘free school’, a popular tennis club and the renowned Botanic Gardens.

The Lilies is believed to have been built in around 1850 and provides a substantial stone residence with spacious accommodation over three floors, designed to make the most of the wonderful southerly views over its gardens and towards the English Channel. There are a series of good reception rooms facing south over the gardens and the property retains a range of period features with light, spacious accommodation. Benefitting from a secluded south-facing garden, and with a driveway providing parking for a number of cars, the property occupies a prime elevated position within the village.

Accomodation

A carved stone arch with a stained-glass panel above leads to the front door which itself has stained glass panels and opens to:

ENTRANCE HALL

A spacious entrance to the house with original staircase leading to the first floor with oak newel post and handrail.

SUN ROOM

A stunning reception room with windows across the southern elevation from which wonderful views of the garden and English Channel can be enjoyed. This characterful room has wooden flooring, a built-in bench seat, extensive glass fronted cupboards as well as access to the garden.

SITTING ROOM

A south facing reception room with French doors opening to the garden and providing sea views along with original window shutters. Gas fire set in a wooden fire surround.

DRAWING ROOM

An impressive room with high ceilings, generous proportions and great views over the garden as well as over the sea. French doors with original shutters open to the garden. Open fireplace with marble surround and decorative ceiling.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

Fitted with an extensive range of base and wall cupboards with granite worksurfaces and a range of integral appliances including oven, hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. Ceramic 1½ bowl sink unit with drainer.

GARDEN KITCHEN

A further kitchen with a range of pine fronted units with worksurfaces. 1½ bowl ceramic sink unit with mixer tap and with space for both a range cooker and American style fridge freezer. A pair of French doors open to the garden.

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