Woodlands Vale is an impressive and imposing country home of architectural significance. Listed Grade II*, this landmark island property has excellent sea views, being positioned in its own grounds in an elevated position between Seaview and Ryde. Surrounded by superb grounds and countryside, this distinctive property comes with a wealth of historical provenance, being designed by the renowned Victorian architect S S Toulon in the French Renaissance style for Lord Calthorpe in 1870 with links to the Crimean War. The property has retained virtually all of its original Victorian character and features include a Minton tiled floor, plaster ceilings, architraves and cornicing with some stunning stained glass work. The principal reception rooms are all well proportioned and with stunning views over the formal gardens to the rear and out to sea. The principal drawing room and dining room have attractive original fireplaces and wooden shutters on all the windows. The original conservatory with double height ceiling and cupola was converted into a billiard room in 1894. This is how it remains today. The kitchen is light and bright with a central island with granite work surfaces, and access onto a south-facing inner courtyard and terrace. At first floor level there is extensive accommodation including a master bedroom suite and guest bedroom suite, both with oriel bay windows and good size bathrooms. Beyond the dressing room in the master bedroom suite is an office which has some particularly impressive views out across the rear gardens and out over the Solent. The west wing of Woodlands Vale offers a large dining room and several linking rooms which are internally un-restored. They could provide spacious make up/dressing rooms for crew. Woodlands Vale comes with extensive cellars which provide further scope. Gardens and Grounds. Woodlands Vale sits in approximately 9.44 acres of which the most formal areas of garden lie to the rear on the seaward side. The house is surrounded by a terrace, beyond which are formal rose gardens and landscaped grounds. The Japanese terrace and lawned areas are a real feature, and dropping down to the far end of the grounds there is an ornamental pond with fabulous views over fields down to the Solent. There is also a private path which runs down towards the beach. Historical Note Lord Calthorpe (1831-1812) was ADC to the Army Commander Lord Raglan during the Crimean War. He was present at the Battles of The Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman, as well as the Siege of Sevastopol. In his 1857 book ‘Letters from Headquarters or the realities of war in the Crimea’, Calthorpe made certain allegations against the 7th Earl of Cardigan concerning his leading of the Charge of the Light Brigade that cost the lives of about 107 out of 674 men at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. is infamous charge was immortalised by another famous Isle of Wight resident, Alfred Lord Tennyson, in his famous 1854 poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.
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