Rose by name and Rose by nature in its pretty pink hue, Rose Cottage is a very elegant Regency residence in a prime village location.

The Grade II-listed home overlooks the church and Bembridge village green and has an interesting history.

It was once the home of the actor and novelist, David Niven, whose mother added the amusingly named ‘sin wing’ at the rear of the house, with two bedrooms and a bathroom, allowing her teenage sons access late at night so they wouldn’t disturb the rest of the household.

The current owners have occupied the property for the past 35 years, initially as a second home and these days as a main residence.

The accommodation is arranged over two floors and offers a surprising amount of space, including a large L-shaped sitting room, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a delightful garden room.

To the front of Rose Cottage is a stone wall and entrance to a large gravelled forecourt, with parking for several cars.

A gated side entrance leads to the large secluded rear garden, which is enclosed by a brick wall and mature hedges.

The garden is mostly laid to lawn, with herbaceous beds and borders and a wealth of ornamental trees and shrubs.

There is a summerhouse to enjoy and a lean-to greenhouse for green-fingered folk.

Inside the house, the welcoming hallway takes you into the L-shaped sitting and dining room, with beams (originally from Ryde Pier) and parquet flooring adding character.

From the sitting room you access the garden room, which is a simply stunning space, with quarry tiled flooring and French doors to the terrace.

A sliding door takes you to the utility room, inner lobby and the practical boot room, which will be handy for cleaning muddy paws and leaving wellies, after taking in one of the coastal or country strolls on your doorstep.

The kitchen and breakfast room is a whopping 15ft by 12ft, with a range of quality handmade fitted units by Smallbone Kitchens, and granite work surfaces over.

Built-in appliances by Bosch and Miele include a dishwasher, washing machine and oven. Aga afficionados will be pleased to see there is one taking pride of place.

The door to the self-contained rear-wing is off the kitchen, giving you two bedrooms (one with terrace doors to the garden) and a bathroom.

Upstairs, are three further bedrooms, with the master suite incorporating a dressing room and private bathroom, with a panelled bath, shower mixer attachment, bidet and WC.

A separate family bathroom serves the other bedrooms.