Charm and quality flows through this perfect cottage which has been thoughtfully renovated and is centrally located in the ancient rural village of Shorwell, on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
A landmark house within the village, the cottage was built circa 1770 and was originally a pub, hence the name Five Bells.
It was divided into two dwellings in the middle of the last century, with the owners’ house being next door.
The front door is at the side of the house; enter and step into what is a fantastically designed property.
Walk through to the dining hall, with its round table with space for the whole group to enjoy a meal together and a discreet cupboard housing the washing machine.
The kitchen is to the left up a few stairs and again quality jumps out at you, with a large range cooker, American-style fridge/freezer and stunning stone work surfaces.
Turn right from the dining hall and enter into an ideal sitting room, with luxurious soft furnishings, tasteful décor and a beautiful woodburning stove, The Bembridge, a stove made on the island by Charnwood which was recently launched in conjunction with Country Living magazine.
There is no better place to relax after an adventurous day exploring some of the island’s many attractions, from Jacobean manors to castles and breathtaking beaches.
Upstairs there are two splendidly furnished bedrooms, a master king-size room and a twin.
Underfloor heating is an added bonus in the family bathroom, perfect on those chillier mornings.
Outside there is a lawned garden split over two levels where you can sit and enjoy watching the birds and the odd red squirrel, look over the cottage roofs and watch the sun setting over the trees.
Shorwell is such a picturesque village, with its 12th century church, beautiful thatched cottages, three historical Manor Houses, small shop, award-winning pub and was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite places to visit on the island.
The area is also a real walkers’ paradise, with the chalk downs leading you towards the west coast beaches, passing some most spectacular scenery and ancient farmsteads on route towards the sandy beaches of Brighstone, Brook and Compton.
Alternatively, walk towards the centre of the isle, through the peaceful hamlets of Chillerton and Gatcombe and visit the impressive Carisbrooke Castle.
The most beautiful cottage to relax and enjoy with the family or friends all year round.