The Parade, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QD
An enviable opportunity to acquire the entire top floor of the prestigious Gloster Apartments building in the ‘Home of World Yachting’, Cowes. Wraparound terraces, spectacular sea views and an unrivalled waterfront location.
A rare and unmissable opportunity to acquire a unique penthouse situated in a prestigious waterfront development. Positioned on the seafront in Cowes, this top floor apartment overlooks the start line for the many national and international water based events which take place in the town. Cowes is a magnet for the seafaring community and each year plays host to the world renowned Cowes Week and is also the starting point for the Round the Island Yacht Race, The Fastnet Race and the worlds oldest and most prestigious powerboat race, the Cowes Torquay Cowes. 16 The Gloster enjoys views of the surrounding Royal London Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and The Royal Yacht Squadron, and beyond to uninterrupted far reaching panoramic views of the Solent.
This well presented, exclusive apartment occupies the entire 4th floor of the Gloster, which contains 18 apartments in total and provides its residents with a high security entry system with camera and secure underground parking. The apartment block is in close proximity to the wonderful boutique shops, independent restaurants, bars and cafes that Cowes has to offer. Also, the high speed passenger Redjet service to Southampton is only a short walk away. The Gloster was built in 1985 on the plot originally occupied by the Royal Yacht Squadron before it moved to its current location in the mid 1800’s. Its 999 year lease commenced in June 1989 and the penthouse currently pays a service charge of approximately £8000 per annum, plus an additional £2000 per annum which goes to a sinking fund.
The penthouse enjoys a large, sociable, open plan living and dining area with stunning views of the sea and harbour from its floor to ceiling, sliding patio doors. These lead out to an expansive terrace with jacuzzi, an ideal spot for al fresco dining, relaxing or entertaining whilst watching the many activities taking place out at sea and in the surrounding yacht clubs and marinas. The terrace can also be accessed from the conservatory and two of the three bedrooms. Finished to a high standard throughout with gas warm air heating provided by boilers situated in the basement, this incredible home also consists of a perfectly positioned substantial conservatory, a bright, sunny kitchen and three bedrooms, each with its own shower or bathroom.
Approaching the building from picturesque Cowes seafront, a secure, underground parking area with electric gate provides the penthouse with a parking space conveniently near its entrance. Each apartment also benefits from secure underground storage space. Steps lead up to the main doorway, accessed via a high security camera system, into a large, well maintained, communal lobby with staircase and lift to all floors.
Arriving on the 4th floor, natural light floods into this entrance lobby, through a beautiful, arched window. Smartly decorated with wallpaper, picture rail, and carpet, the white front door of the penthouse is bordered by elegant wood panels.
This welcoming area contains a wall mounted entry phone, coat hooks, a contemporary floor to ceiling vertical radiator, recessed lights and a smoke alarm. A wooden step leads into a large, sunny conservatory.
Entering through a glass panelled door, this wonderful seating space optimises the encompassing views, ensuring they can be enjoyed whatever the weather. There are vertical blinds at the windows as well as ceiling blinds and the room is heated by two radiators. The two ceiling fans have spotlights attached and the floor tiles are a terracotta colour. Double doors open to the superb terrace.
Accessed from the hall, light pours into the kitchen from two front aspect windows, which provide phenomenal views out to sea. There are a mix of white wall and floor units together with display cabinets, wine rack, and open shelves in this neutrally decorated room. The terracotta floor tiles contrast well with the light wall tiles, there is a double sink with drainer and built in macerator, and units, within which many appliances are concealed; a fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. The kitchen also contains an integrated electric oven, ceramic hob with extractor fan and microwave oven. An attractive arched hatch with mirrored doors provides a convenient and sociable link between the kitchen and dining area.
A superb open plan area providing a great social space with fabulous views. A high quality, neutral carpet flows from the entrance hall into this immaculate living room, looking stylish and adding continuity. A strong nautical theme runs through this room which is entered from the hallway, through a pair of wooden, glass panelled door. The dining space is close to the kitchen hatch and has a beautiful wood and brass surround. Two pairs of full height, sliding patio doors to the terrace provide stunning harbour and far reaching sea views from the entire room and are fitted with vertical blinds. Recessed lights are set above the doors with warm air vents below. In the lounge area, another window to the side aspect provides yet more light and fabulous views down to the western Solent. Other features include a striking archway, two chandelier lights, recessed lights and a pendant light with spots. A corridor with a large storage cupboard and smoke alarm runs through a glass panelled door to the rear of the apartment which accommodates the bedrooms and bathrooms.
A large double room with sliding patio doors to the terrace, this splendid bedroom enjoys wonderful views of the Solent from the side aspect. Warm air vents heat this comfortable room, decorated with pretty wallpaper, a green carpet and two pendant ceiling lights. A large built in double cupboard contains drawers, shelves, hanging rails and a cleverly concealed dressing table.
The green carpet continues through into this generous, fully tiled bathroom with a window to the side aspect. The enclosed shower area contains a light and two shelves with a convenient, heated ladder towel rail outside. An impressive double basin unit sits under the window which has a fully tiled surface and cupboards beneath. An elegant sunken bath with jets, sits within a tiled surround in an elevated corner of the room with recessed lights, it has a wooden plinth above and a heated towel rail to the side. Lastly, an open archway leads to a recess containing a bidet and W/C which has a mirrored shelf and light above.
This good sized double room contains a nautical blue carpet, neutral walls and a useful double built in cupboard with shelves and hanging rail. A large, sliding patio door opens to the rear aspect of the property and has warm air vents beneath it.
The carpet continues into this fully tiled bathroom with grey suite. The toilet has a mirror and shelf above and the basin is set in an attractive recess with lights, a tiled surface with cupboard beneath and mirror above. The bath contains an overhead shower and screen and other features consist of an extractor fan, ceiling lights and heated towel rail.
This wallpapered, double room has a green carpet, radiator and a window to the side aspect. It benefits from a double built in wardrobe with a high shelf and a hanging rail.
Louvre doors lead into a convenient, fully tiled shower room with a shower enclosure containing an extractor fan. The basin sits within a tiled top with a storage cupboard beneath and a large mirror above. This room also contains a heated towel rail and has ceiling lights.
This fully tiled room is carpeted and contains a W/C which has a mirror and a shelf above, basin with mixer taps, heated towel rail, a ceiling light and extractor fan.
This incredible outside space is block paved, surrounding the front, west side and rear aspect of the apartment. Being the largest and highest terrace in The Gloster, it boasts the most fabulous, uninterrupted views over The Solent, the headland at Osborne Bay and the nearby yacht clubs and marinas. Throughout the summer, this huge sociable area provides an ideal vantage point to observe the many competitions out at sea and the world famous Cowes Week firework finale. Perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining, there is plenty of space for seating and the surrounding wall with glass screening provides privacy without compromising the unbeatable outlook. An added luxury is a jacuzzi which is set within a raised deck area on the terrace’s front aspect, and features a built in wet bar area, complete with sink and refrigerator. Two sets of steps with rails lead up to the spa and a useful shower attachment is fixed to the decking.
16 The Gloster is ideal for those seeking a truly unique and rarely available, permanent or holiday home, ready for occupation and is chain free.