LOCATION: Shanklin

BEDROOMS: Four

PRICE: £499,950

AGENT: Arthur Wheeler

TEL: 868333

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but The Tower House, in Shanklin's prestigious Westhill Road, is one of those rare properties with universal appeal.

Originally part of a Victorian Manor House, this striking four-storey home has been sympathetically restored so it retains a romantic charm. This is a home that was built to last and who can resist the exposed wood windows (gothic style on the landings) or the glazed roof feature, which floods the main sitting room with light?

House hunters who are of the "out with the old, in with the new" persuasion will be equally impressed with the newly fitted kitchen and new flooring throughout. The entire place has been redecorated in neutral colours so you are open to a world of interior design possibilities.

Externally, The Tower House features natural stone and brick elevations, under a slate roof, and is approached via a carriage-style driveway to enhance that feeling of being lord and lady of the manor. There are two allocated parking spaces, plus your own double garage.

The entrance to the property is via the pretty south-facing garden, complete with lawned area and patio. Stepping through the front door, you are immediately met with the wow factor — the entrance hall opens onto both the huge dining room, banked with mirrors to reflect the light, and the kitchen. This is approximately 15ft by 14ft and its recent facelift features wood block-effect worktops and a range of contemporary cream gloss-finished wall and

base units. Integrated appliances include fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

On the first floor you will find the substantial sitting room, with a separate study and w.c.

Head up to the second floor and bedroom two will impress with its views of the downland and ensuite bathroom, which can also be accessed from the landing. A further double size bedroom is also on this floor.

The master ensuite bedroom is on the third floor, with superb views of Shanklin Cricket Club and the downs beyond.

Unique selling point: Victorian charm meets mod-cons in this substantial manor house conversion in one of the most sought after areas of Shanklin.