This Victorian bay fronted semi-detached villa offers spacious 3/4 bedroom…
Copsefield Drive, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3AR
Built in the late Georgian period as a ‘Gentleman’s Residence’and hidden away on a private road in the exclusive Pelham Field area of popular Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Pelham Lodge is a magnificent, period home of the highest quality.
Completed at the time of Queen Victoria’s coronation and constructed to the very highest standards of the time as a residence for a discerning gentleman to host and entertain distinguished guests, Pelham Lodge today represents a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial characterful family home in an exclusive location.
The Spencer Road area of Ryde has always been an extremely sought-after location, and in the early nineteenth century development of the area between Spencer Road and the shore to the north commenced. The 9.5 acre area, known as Pelham Field, became an exclusive area of fashionable estates, commissioned and owned by the gentry of the time. In Mason’s New Handy Guide to the Isle of Wight, circa 1875, the author notes ‘The traveller should not omit in passing along this road (Spencer Road) to notice on the right one of the most beautiful suburbs of the town, called Pelham Fields, where villas and mansions extend to the water’s edge, and form a most delightful and charming retreat.’
Pelham Lodge retains the grandeur of the magnificent original building and has subtly evolved into a welcoming and flowing layout that perfectly suits modern flexible living, and with the doors open on the west elevation to the garden is still, nearly 200 years on, the ultimate entertaining house that it was originally designed to be.
Pelham Lodge has the potential to provide a fantastic holiday rental income. Having been successfully holiday let over recent years as a whole, the property also lends itself to a straightforward division, retaining a substantial main house with the benefit of fabulous separated holiday accommodation.
Current accommodation comprises of a welcoming entrance hall, a grand main hall, two large receptions rooms and a study facing west, all with doors leading on to the terrace and garden, a drawing room, a continentally inspired chef’s kitchen with doors to an outside dining area, a useful scullery/utility room with a cloakroom, and a bijou wine cave. On the first floor there is a charming gallery landing, a lovely family bathroom, cloakroom, master suite with bathroom, and five further bedrooms. Accessed from its own staircase, bedroom seven, which is currently used as a superb study and library is nestled in the eaves and has marvellous views from two aspects, extending to Ryde Pier and the bustling Solent beyond. Outside, immaculate gates give way to a gravel driveway, with plenty of parking which is surrounded by glorious mature planting. Further driveway affords access to the rear of the property, passing by the eastern courtyard to the stable, stable yard and potting shed. A beautiful stone wall creates a superb wooded entrance to the impressive rear grounds, which are laid to lawn with spectacular mature planting around creating a tranquil and totally private garden. A stone terrace extends along the west elevation, cleverly connecting the inside and outside spaces.
From Spencer Road, the leafy, private Copsefield Drive winds north to Pelham Lodge, which sits proudly in its large plot. The stone facade is resplendent in its natural texture, which is softened by attractive climbing plants and immaculate woodwork. The original studded front door is a fitting entrance to this imposing residence, and benefits from an antique bell and complementary outside lighting.
3.94m x 1.75m (12’11 x 5’9)
The character of this historic home is evident from the outset with stunning painted original floorboards, deep skirting boards, period decorative architraves and mouldings and elegant neutral colour schemes, which all run throughout this property. An inset arch is home to a full height mirror, reflecting the light which floods in from the full height glazed Georgian French doors which overlook the front grounds. Timber shutters are a lovely original feature and run throughout the house. There is a central pendant and a radiator, and double doors give access to the hot water cylinder cupboard, which is also home to the thermostat control. A characterful arch leads into the main hallway.
extending to 9.47m (extending to 31’1)
The long hall gives access to the principal reception rooms and leads to the kitchen and stairs to the first floor. There is a fantastic high ceiling, with triple pendant lighting, a radiator, and the detailing continues with an archway. Substantial period timber doors lead to the dining room, the study, the sitting room and to the drawing room. Steps lead down to a stable door into the kitchen, a door to the stairs to bedroom seven, a door to the cellar space and the grand, turning staircase which ascends to the first floor.
5.89m x 4.47m (19’4 x 14’8)
The expansive dining room is the first of the principal reception rooms that benefits from the west facing aspect, with two pairs of elegant Georgian French doors filling the room with natural coastal light, affording wonderful garden views and extending the dining room out onto the stone terrace when required. Period detailing continues, with a decorative finish on the high ceiling, complete with ornate cornicing and twin chandeliers on dimmer switches, a characterful chimney breast, and original timber internal window shutters. A large arch creates a characterful recess, and there is a radiator.
2.69m x 1.93m (8’10 x 6’4)
Perfectly proportioned, with Georgian French doors overlooking the gardens, the study is a light, bright room with a high ceiling, central pendant light, picture rail, internal shutters, an attractive coastal blue colour scheme and a small radiator.
7.52m x 5.44m max (24’8 x 17’10 max)
The sitting room is a substantial P-shaped room, making the most of the west facing aspect with a large Georgian window and an expansive splayed bay with full height French door and windows giving panoramic views over the grounds. In warmer months, the doors allow the cooling coastal breeze in, and extend the inside space out on to the stone terrace, and in cooler months, a cast fireplace has a handsome surround and mantle and a detailed hearth and is the perfect focal point to this atmospheric room. A large decorative arch creates subtle zoning, with twin chandeliers on dimmer switches, and period texture ceiling finishes with decorative cornicing. There are also two radiators in the sitting room.
6.15m x 4.27m max (20’2 x 14’0 max)
The drawing room is still a fabulous spot to withdraw to after dinner, and now forms the perfect 21st century snug or family room. P-shaped, with twin chandeliers and a broad chimney breast with handsome stone surround, the drawing room has a door to the eastern courtyard, with windows either side that catch the morning sun. There is a characterful curved wall where the space widens, built-in storage to one alcove, and access to the hot water cylinder cupboard in the other. A part glazed stable door leads to the scullery/utility room.
3.45m x 3.81m max (11’4 x 12’6 max)
Given a contemporary update but retaining its original charm, the scullery has become a fabulous utility room. There is a high vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting, and twin drying racks. Built in linen cupboards afford a huge amount of storage, and the solid timber worktops provide useful workspace and offer space and plumbing for a washing machine and drier under. Inset into the worktop is a beautiful cast ceramic sink with a swan neck mixer over. Saddle racks sit neatly over built in shelving, and there is a chrome mixer control for the outside shower. Double doors lead into a cloakroom, and a glazed stable door and window, with radiator under, give access to the eastern courtyard.
A window faces the driveway and is at a high level to afford privacy. There is a low-level WC with dual flush, and full height built in cupboards provide lots of additional storage.
Positioned under the stairs, steps lead down to a compact cellar space, which would work seamlessly as a bijou wine cave.
The chef’s kitchen is fabulously proportioned and occupies a twin aspect position creating a light and sociable space. Multiple pendants provide easy-to-control task lighting, with glorious natural light coming through the French doors which lead up to the stone terrace and outside dining area, and from the large Georgian window that looks over the stable yard. There is also a stable door that gives access to the stable yard, creating a useful short cut for unloading the groceries. A mixture of freestanding style units finished in white, with stunning solid timber work tops and open shelving over give a continental feel. There is plenty of room for a large table and chairs, and combined with the access to the outside dining area make the kitchen an extremely sociable space. A characterful internal window looks into the main hallway, connecting the kitchen to the rest of the home. There is a full size Range master with six ring gas range, a functional stainless splash back and a useful pot shelf over. Under the window, a large enamel sink has twin drainers and additional storage under. The tile effect floor is finished in a warm hue, and the kitchen is presented in a lovely neutral green tone.
4.62m x 4.60m (15’2 x 15’1)
From a door adjacent to the kitchen, a private staircase turns to reveal a magical room, nestled in the eaves with the best views in the house from the twin aspect windows. Look across to Ryde Pier and the busy Solent beyond, with the views beautifully framed by impressive mature trees. Original timber beams reveal the fabric of this historic home and combine with original unpainted floorboards and those stunning views to create a truly enchanting room, which is equally suited to be an inspirational writers study or artist’s studio, or as an extraordinary seventh bedroom. Built in bookshelves make the most of the space, there is a radiator under the window, and there are task lighting spots in the vaulted ceiling plus a retracting desk light. A lockable door affords the option to connect to bedroom two.
The characterful, broad staircase has an immaculately presented oak handrail, period cast balustrade and a newly laid high-quality neutral carpet, and leads up to a half landing, with a fantastic window over. A door leads from the half landing to an inner hall, which has doors to bedroom two, to the family bathroom and to the cloakroom. A further half flight of stairs leads to the first-floor gallery landing, with a chandelier over the stairwell. The open landing benefits from a brand new neutral carpet which runs throughout this floor, and from huge built-in linen cupboards, and has original timber doors with period fixings and finger plates leading to bedroom three, to bedroom four and to bedroom five. A characterful arch leads up two steps to a further hallway, which has a lovely window with internal shutters looking over the grounds and has a door to the master suite. The hallway is finished with a period texture wallpaper, and twin pendant lights.
5.49m x 4.19m plus recess (18′ x 13’9 plus recess)
Befitting of a grand house, the master suite does not disappoint. With semi-vaulted ceiling, decorative cornicing, a picture rail and twin chandeliers, plus two fabulous west facing windows with internal shutters overlooking the grounds. A shallow chimney breast creates a perfectly positioned headboard, and there is a characterful arched large recess. There is a radiator, and a door which leads into the en-suite.
The en-suite is luxurious in size, with a semi vaulted ceiling with central light, and a window looking over the grounds with shutters for privacy. There is a full-size bath, with heritage style mixer tap and a rain shower head over with sleek glass screen, tiled in white. A full height storage cupboard has louvre doors, and there is a radiator. There is a handsome white pedestal basin with colonial style chrome taps, a matching bidet and low- level WC with dual flush.
4.80m x 3.71m (15’9 x 12’2)
Recessed lighting in the vaulted ceiling, which also has exposed beams, enhance the character of this room. A window overlooks the stable yard with views extending onto Ryde Pier and the Solent beyond. There is a door to connect to bedroom seven if required, a radiator, and bedroom two is finished with a high-quality carpet.
3.02m x 2.51m (9’11 x 8’3)
The coastal inspired family bathroom makes excellent use of space, with recessed lighting and beams, and a picture window looking over the rear grounds. A spectacular walk in shower has a minimal glass screen and a rain shower head, with a wall of blue mosaic tiles reflecting the theme. There is a large roll-top bath, resplendent in blue and white enamel, with heritage taps and striking claw feet, and a pedestal sink with traditional style chrome taps and a matching low-level WC. The floor is finished in a complementary hue.
There is a low-level light, and a low-level WC with dual flush which sits beneath a picture window with patterned glass for privacy. There is a large storage cupboard with a solid timber door.
5.44m into bay x 3.68m into recess (17’10 into bay
With a fabulous large splayed bay affording views to the west over the grounds, bedroom three is an extremely light and bright room. The windows have internal shutters and also built-in seating which provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the garden views. There is a central light, period textured ceiling with ornate cornicing, a radiator and a broad chimney breast.
3.66m 3.38m (12’0 11’1)
A large window with internal shutters gives lovely garden views, there is a central light, coving, a picture rail and a radiator. A chimney breast adds character, and benefits from a built-in cupboard to one alcove.
3.68m x 3.40m (12’1 x 11’2)
The panelled ceiling has a period decorative texture, with a central light and loft access, and there is a picture rail and radiator. A picture window looks out over the eastern courtyard and benefits from internal shutters.
3.40m x 3.35m (11’2 x 11’0)
Bedroom six has two large built in cupboards which provide plenty of additional storage, and one is home to a recently installed Vaillant combination boiler. There is a textured ceiling with central light. A large window has internal shutters and looks over the eastern courtyard to Copesefiled Drive beyond.
Immaculate wooden gates give way to a large gravel driveway, providing plenty of parking for multiple cars, which is surrounded by exquisite mature planting which enhances privacy.
Iron gates, finished in country green, give access to the further driveway, allowing vehicle access to the east and north elevations. The driveway passes the eastern courtyard, which can also be accessed from the drawing room and utility room. The eastern courtyard is of original stone construction, which exudes character, and catches the morning sun, and there is an outside shower with a chrome rain shower head and a cast stone tray, perfect after a day in the garden or on the beach.
The driveway leads on, passing stone planters with further mature planting, to the enclosed, cobbled stable yard. There are doors into the stable, a substantial potting shed and lovely mature planting adorns the stone surrounding walls. Double timber workshop doors lead into the stable, originally home to three horses, and now a fantastic workshop, with power, lighting, exposed beams and block paving. The potting shed is of substantial construction, has a large window to the front aspect and has been whitewashed inside.
A stone wall adjacent to the kitchen creates a theatrical entrance to the magnificent rear grounds. A path way leads through mature trees and planting and opens out onto the gorgeous lawn, dramatically revealing the grandeur of the west elevation of Pelham Lodge. The rear grounds are private and secluded, due to the mature trees and planting surrounding the large expanse of flat lawn, ideal for entertaining, for family sporting matches or for just enjoying the outdoors with the abundance of wildlife that have made the grounds their home. Resident red squirrels are frequently seen running between the trees in the grounds. A stone terrace spans the house, connecting inside and outside spaces, and widens at the kitchen end to create a fabulous dining terrace. The grounds are as quiet and tranquil as they are sunny.
Homes of this quality and history rarely come to the market – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a substantial period home in this most stunning of locations.
Council Tax Band: G
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