LOCATION: Shanklin


PRICE: £475,000

AGENT: Wright

TEL: 01983 866822

LOOKS can be deceiving and this is certainly the case at Taronga, in Upper Hyde Farm Lane, Shanklin.

The modest front facade of this detached chalet bungalow holds no clue to the extensive refurbishments within and the superb amount of living space on offer.

The views of Culver Down are another breathtaking surprise (unless you speak Aboriginal that is — Taronga translates as beautiful view).

The lounge/diner is an impressive 21ft by 15ft and spans the depth of the main bungalow. The double doors onto the decked area, combined with the double-glazed bi-fold doors in the adjacent kitchen are what gives this home a truly relaxed feel, with plenty of opportunity to blend indoor and outdoor living.

In fact, this is an idyllic spot that’s going to be hard to beat, especially in the summer months. The large garden has more treats in store as it incorporates an inset hot-tub for added luxury under the stars, and a summerhouse too, ideal as a playhouse for the children or even as overspill accommodation for guests.

The kitchen is incredibly stylish, with a central island and matching units and work surfaces, all in crisp white, for sleek, ultra-modern lines. Integrated appliances are the five-ring gas hob, electric eye-level double oven, large fridge, washing machine and dishwasher.

With five bedrooms (and two of those en-suite), Taronga can easily accommodate large families. Bedrooms three, four and five are all downstairs, with two of them having a front-facing aspect. Bedroom three overlooks the rear garden and has the bonus of sliding doors out onto the attractive decked area.

Of course, if five bedrooms are surplus to requirements, there is always the option to create a study, hobby room or home office.

The ground floor rooms are served by the attractive family bathroom, featuring a circular jacuzzi-style bath, as well as a separate shower cubicle.

Upstairs are two extremely spacious en-suite bedrooms, with Velux rooflights to the front and dormer windows to the rear, where you can appreciate those glorious views.