Fairlawn is, for me, a house that is like those I imagine from childhood story books by the likes of Enid Blyton. This beautiful Victorian property dating back to circa 1880 is set in its own substantial south facing grounds and full to the brim with original features and is screaming out to be filled with a family and children, whether they’re your own or perhaps your visiting grandchildren this house is versatile enough for both..
Situated just a short drive from many of the island’s well respected schools and a short hop into town, in fact close enough to walk really, you couldn’t get a better location. Accessed by the secure gates just off the road on the way to five oaks, you’d be forgiven for thinking this property would suffer the effects of nearby traffic noise, but once inside you quickly forget where you are and are instead immersed in the flexible accommodation which offers stacks of entertaining space, absolutely perfect for family gatherings or sophisticated dinner parties, the choices really are endless.
Whether you enter through the more formal original entrance, one that was probably used by those approaching in carriages back in the day, or the more commonly used and conveniently located by the ample parking on the gravel driveway you will be greeted by wooden floorboards and more stained glass leaded windows than you are likely to see anywhere outside of a church. The owners have lived in the property since 1996, and throughout this time they have lovingly renovated the property, whilst retaining so many of the original features, which even include the small closet bathroom on the mezzanine, which even boasts the original toilet and flooring. There are also high ceilings, mahogany banisters on the wide staircase, mosaic tiled entrance porches, dado and picture rails, ceiling roses and working fire places aplenty.
Downstairs there are four reception rooms, three of which have original working fireplaces. The lounge and dining room both have doors that lead on to the gardens and beautiful high ceilings. The smaller of the reception rooms would lend its self brilliantly to a home office or craft room, this too has a functional fireplace, making this a snug and cosy room if you’re looking for a little solitude. The fourth reception room leads in to the functional and well finished kitchen, complete with its own walk-in pantry, making it the perfect place to set up a playroom for younger children, meaning they’ll be within shouting distance, but not under your feet. There is also a large eat-in conservatory overlooking the beautiful gardens and and a charming Victorian veranda overlooking the south lawns which are surrounded by a host of mature trees offering a great deal of privacy, this would make the perfect spot for playing some croquet. In fact the owners’ daughter held her wedding reception on the lawns with Fairlawn as the perfect backdrop.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite with built in Paul Haslam furniture and another working fireplace, this leads on to the very large dressing room and en-suite bathroom with its very own roll-top bath, all with windows with views to the garden and surrounding fields. On this floor there are a further three good sized double bedrooms and a large house bathroom.
What was originally the Coach House, on the east side of the property, has recently been converted and extended now providing a quite superb entertainment room. This room is a man cave or ladies retreat on a whole other level and absolutely perfect for watching sports or for allowing the kids to have their friends round whist you are safe in the knowledge that they won’t be straying far, why would they when they can haul up at home in-front of the huge flat screen television and real fire. There is also a top of the range kitchen, shower room and an office suite too, perfect if you want to work from home or as this room was fitted with a sprung floor, why not set up your own home gym. All of this and the building opens out onto the heated swimming pool with outdoor shower and BBQ area which is a total suntrap.
As well as parking for at least ten cars there is also a substantial double garage with storerooms and set above these, on the first floor, is a separate one bedroom apartment fitted to an exacting standard and ideal to accommodate guests, extended family, a very lucky member of staff or you could perhaps rent the unit out as it has its own access, parking and a terrace too.
What ever it is that you are looking for in a property then Fairlawn really does have a great deal to offer, a fantastic location and masses of original features, all within a property that has been lovingly looked after by its current owners, all you need to do is book an appointment to view and go along and see for yourself.
Fairlawn, St Saviour, £2,650,000, Freehold
Christine: 07797 712722
Andrew: 07797 723407
• 5 reception rooms,
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• Separate outdoor pool complex
• Completely renovated one bed flat
• South facing
• Double garage with electric gates.
• Ample parking for 10 plus cars.
• All mains except gas.
• Oil fired central heating.