Norris Castle Gatehouse 1790
A unique property with an interesting background. It was formerly the gatehouse to Norris Castle; the Norman style castle designed by James Wyatt and built circa 1790, and is believed to have been used at some time as the dowager house. Norris Castle itself was the holiday destination in 1831 of a young Princess Victoria, who fell so in love with the Island that she subsequently attempted to purchase Norris on her accession to the throne. However, she was unsuccessful and instead settled for the purchase of an adjoining land which enabled her to build Osborne House.
Standing within delightful landscaped gardens in a secluded location on the outskirts of the historic town of East Cowes, with links to the mainland via car ferry to Southampton. It also offers fine views of the Solent and all the yachting events during the season.
The property has well presented accommodation with some attractive period features including arched windows and oak panelling in the hallway and sitting room, believed to have originally come from Exbury House.
The layout of the accommodation is unusual in that 2 bedrooms are located in the tower and are circular approached by a spiral staircase and a bathroom. Further stairs to top with an Observation platform with crenellated wall and flagpole. Panoramic views.
The Keep offers a further bedroom with En-suite bathroom.
The main building offers a circular entrance hall with arched windows and oak flooring, master bedroom with en-suite, kitchen, sitting room and dining room.
The building is Grade II listedThis page was last edited on: 4th March, 2015 06:16:27