About this property
"The Water Tower" is a unique and an individually styled property that has, over the years, undergone a complete transformation with great care having been taken to preserve the fullness of its considerable charm, heritage, and character, along with its huge architectural and historical relevance to the locality. Set in an elevated position on the boundary of the Woodlands Vale Estate, the property commands breath-taking rural and sea views from its rear aspect.
"The Water Tower" is a unique and an individually styled property that has, over the years, undergone a complete transformation with great care having been taken to preserve the fullness of its considerable charm, heritage, and character, along with its huge architectural and historical relevance to the locality. Set in an elevated position on the boundary of the Woodlands Vale Estate, the property commands breath-taking rural and sea views from its rear aspect. Purchased in 1988 by the current owner, The Water Tower, first officially documented in geospatial data in 1897, has been sympathetically and extensively renovated and restored to create a truly stunning home which retains many of its original features; all perfectly enhanced with a blend of both reclaimed and new materials, and some very smart contemporary styling and clever accessorising. The owners have demonstrated sophisticated design scheme’s in restoring this magnificent property to a new glory! Indeed, it would not look out of place on the pages of a glossy a lifestyle magazine, having also been recently featured in The Mail On Sunday, and Coast magazine. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with a large entrance hall, contemporary fitted kitchen, dining room, third bedroom and a stunning conservatory featuring anthracite-grey framing, on the ground floor. The first floor comprises a second bedroom, a shower room, and a large elegant sitting room with panoramic sea views and a secret concealed door leading to a third-floor gallery landing, master bedroom and modern bathroom. Secluded in a peaceful sylvan location, the extensive well-established grounds feature outbuildings which include a charming summer house, and wonderful views across the undulating rural landscape towards The Solent. The plot also includes a driveway with plenty of off-road parking and a timber car port. There is approximately one acre of land beyond the rear garden offering the potential for a number of private uses, including possible equestrian use.
The Water Tower occupies both an idyllic and highly sought-after location, prestigious Oakhill Road, with award winning sandy beaches at both Springvale and Seaview being just a short walk away. The charming and renowned Edwardian village of Seaview with its boutique shops and amenities, yacht club, bays and promenade is always a hive of activity during the summer months attracting visitors and tourists from around the world. Seaview sits to the eastern end of the town of Ryde, and is a unique village with a reputation for being an upmarket resort. During the summer months the village becomes a busy centre for sailing and water sports. High-speed mainland transport links are accessible from nearby Ryde.
ENTRANCE/APPROACH A paved path through mature foliage leads to arched timber doors that lead through to an original brick archway in to the charming entrance hall, which perfectly sets the tone for what lies in store!
ENTRANCE HALL The entrance hall creates an immediate stunning first impression with natural timber doors, timber skirtings and architraves. High ceilings complement the original brick arch construction . An ornate timber staircase leads to the first floor. Doors to: Bedroom 3, the reworked contemporary kitchen, and dining room. Glazed panel doors with decorative architrave leads to the stunning conservatory.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 16′ 7" x 9′ 0" (5.07m x 2.75m) The refurbished contemporary fitted triple aspect kitchen is a mix of neutral glossy floor and wall mounted units. Stone coloured worktops are complemented by smart modern splashbacks. Brushed stainless gas hob over double oven and space and plumbing for washing machine and fridge/freezer. " Glow-Worm" combination boiler occupies a corner cupboard. Arched ornate windows to the south and east aspects overlook the surrounding grounds. Reclaimed herringbone timber floor. Ample space for a family dining table.
DINING/SITTING ROOM 8′ 10" x 19′ 7" (2.71m x 5.98m) Extending through the original archway this room sits adjacent to the conservatory, with full width bi-fold doors connecting the two rooms . Large Georgian sash window overlooks the meadowland and gardens. Two chandeliers add to the elegance and opulence of this charming room. Heritage style cast radiator.
CONSERVATORY 16′ 7" x 12′ 11" (5.07m x 3.95m) Designed by the current owners, the double apex conservatory with anthracite-grey framing with wooden flooring perfectly enhances and complements the arched original brickwork and dark timbers of the main house. This stunning room enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding gardens with a far-reaching vista across the countryside and The Solent and Spinnaker Tower beyond. Bifold doors open up the room creating a seamless flow to the adjoining terrace providing a wonderful internal/external entertaining space.
BEDROOM 3 8′ 1" x 7′ 9" (2.48m x 2.37m) A snug and cosy bedroom with twin arched windows that overlook the pretty front courtyard. A built-in natural timber cabin bed makes the very most of the space.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING Timber staircase with timber panelling, wooden balustrade and rope hand-rail leads to the first floor landing. Large storage cupboard. The original cast water tank has been replaced with a ring beam which creates a low shelf that starts on the landing and runs around the outside of the first floor. Velux window that provides a huge source of natural light. Natural timber flooring and restored timber doors lead to bedroom two, the family bathroom and the sitting room.
BEDROOM 2 11′ 0" x 10′ 2" (3.36m x 3.1m) A good size well proportioned characterful room with a south facing window overlooking the gardens. Built-in wardrobes with reclaimed doors and copper hinges. Cast radiator.
SHOWER ROOM The shower room has huge period charm and Victorian styling with natural timber panelling and white metro tiling. Victorian style high-level cistern toilet. Built-in fully tiled natural timber shower enclosure with two etched glass windows. Triton electric shower. White pedestal and basin with heritage style chrome taps.
SITTING ROOM (POTENTIAL BEDROOM) 18′ 6" x 14′ 0" (5.64m x 4.29m) The elegant and very charming sitting room occupies the full width of the Water Tower, with its own private terrace commanding stunning panoramic views. Recently fitted with plantation shutters, a large picture window reclaimed from one of Queen Victoria’s coach houses, features ornate etchings and a great view of The Solent. Restored floorboards, and natural timber book cases and shelving enhance the heritage ambience of this quaint room. Reclaimed from a local village hall, a large cast wood burner sits on a substantial slate hearth and provides the central focus feature to the room. (not currently used) Double French doors lead to the terrace, providing further stunning views.
TERRACE 9′ 1" x 8′ 0" (2.77m x 2.45m) Sitting above the dining room, the terracotta tiled terrace provides breath-taking and elevated panoramic rural and sea views.
SECOND FLOOR LANDING A concealed secret bookcase in the sitting room leads to a turning staircase with rope hand-rail, Velux window and exposed beams. The second-floor landing is galleried with ornate balustrades, and overlooks the first-floor landing. Natural timber doors lead to the master bedroom, family bathroom, and an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.
MASTER BEDROOM 14′ 3" x 13′ 0" (4.36m x 3.98m) A charming apex shaped master bedroom with an abundance of charm provided from exposed natural beams and floorboards. A Georgian style window provides the best views of the surrounding countryside and The Solent. Built-in storage. Cast radiator. Reduced height under eaves.
FAMILY BATHROOM Another very charming room complemented by exposed beams. Large antique roll top free standing bath on claw feet. Low level wc. Wall mounted hand basin with ornate timber surround with a mirror and shelf. Cast radiator. Storage cupboards within the apex.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS A small hidden courtyard to the front aspect, with a pretty path with willow archways giving access to prestigious Oakhill Road. The rear garden is a combination of mature shrubs and pretty plantings, stone paths, stone walls, ornate gates, and well maintained lawns and outbuildings. The rear gardens command views of the surrounding countryside and The Solent. A charming summer house (3.48m x 3.2m) provides additional ancillary garden accommodation. A stone-paved terrace provides the perfect place for alfresco entertaining .New double timber gates provide the potential for vehicular access to the plot of land beyond the garden.
The additional piece of land beyond the garden is approximately one acre and is bordered by mature trees and hedging. This piece of land offers the potential for a number of uses, including possible equestrian use.
PARKING Plenty of parking for multiple cars, plus a timber carport (3.8m x 2.7m) with storage shed (2.43m x 1.75m) to the front of the property.
HEATING Gas central heating via radiators
SERVICES Mains water, electric and gas. Private drainage via Septic Tank.
COUNCIL TAX BAND E