The words ‘unique’, ‘adorable’ and ‘chocolate box’ are often overused words to describe a thatched property but, as far as Sweetwater Lodge is concerned, they all apply. Surrounded by about three and a half acres of woodland and lawns this very special Grade II Listed property was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash who built his own home on the island, East Cowes Castle. It was originally the lodge entrance to Westover House that was also designed by John Nash and once owned by Colonel Mouton-Barrett – a relative of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
With its partially circular exterior, arched thatched roof, stone walls with white brick window dressings, fascinating five-sided casement and leaded light windows and a brick chimneystack, not only does it have amazing kerb appeal but you could be forgiven for thinking you have walked into a fairy story. While the thatched well in the garden completes the picture.
A five-sided front door with a glass inset opens into the hall while a circular path leads to a secondary five-sided period door that goes directly into the charming light and bright, dual aspect lounge/dining room. The characterful curved kitchen, with its four windows providing plenty of natural light and a beam above the tiled fireplace, includes units housing a hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer. There is a spacious family bathroom and two double bedrooms including the main bedroom with fitted wardrobes.
Outside, the long drive provides off road parking while a spacious terrace is totally secure and ideal for children and pets as well as outdoor entertaining. There are also large lawn areas interspersed with shrub and hedge borders and a delightful summerhouse with lighting and electrics and a decked frontage. This is just the place to relax and enjoy the scenery that includes the woodland, pond and stream, which are a haven for wildlife including a variety of birds, ducks and red squirrels.