A magnificent refurbished country house situated in an elevated rural position.
The Hermitage has been the subject of an extensive refurbishment programme within the past few years which included the reconfiguration of some rooms to allow for a much more useful layout. It is set in stunning, mature grounds, bordering woodland providing a quiet, secluded setting. This significant landmark property is surrounded by attractive rolling countryside; designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with excellent walks and riding accessible directly from the property including onto St Catherine's Down itself from which there are stunning views of much of the Island including the nearby south western coast.Whilst the current house is believed to have been largely re-built around 1895, it is constructed on the footprint of an older house, 'The Medina Hermitage', which was the seat of Michael Hoy. Born in 1758, Hoy became a successful merchant who established strong trading links with Russia and resided there for some years working for The Russia Company and later served as a Sheriff of London. The original house is shown in an engraving dated 1824 by the celebrated Island artist George Brannon. Michael Hoy also had the nearby Hoy monument, also called the Alexandrian Pillar, erected on top of St Catherine's Down. The house, having been a full-time private home, is currently used as a second home and a profitable boutique holiday let that is currently generating around £115,000 of gross income per annum. There are 10 double rooms with en-suite facilities, all individually styled and extremely impressive reception rooms on the ground floor with a kitchen/diner that measures some 40ft long.Ground FloorEntrance hall: An impressive and spacious entrance with an oak staircase with carved newel posts. Ornate fire surround housing wood burning stove. Drawing room: An elegant panelled room with an open fireplace with marble surround. Original wooden floorboards, two sets of French doors with side panels providing views over the garden and access to the raised terrace.Kitchen/breakfast room/diner: A fabulous room offering a stunning south facing aspect with the ability to cater for large groups and parties. A good quality modern kitchen has been installed at the west end. Games room: A fine west facing room, which is currently being used for snooker and general entertaining. A gym is located off the games room. Other rooms: - Along the north side of the house is a useful 'snug' room, a children's playroom, a well-equipped utility room and an adjacent boot room. Cellars: One of which has twin oil fired boilers and hot water cylinders. Beyond is a workshop/stores.First FloorLanding: Providing an attractive south facing seating area overlooking the gardens. The southern landing leads to four bedroom suites while the northern landing leads to a further four bedroom suites.Outside: To the front of the house is a large stone paved terrace with a central ornamental fish pond providing an attractive seating area overlooking the grounds. To the front of the house are lawns which are dispersed with a variety of mature trees and shrubs and surrounded by mature woodland providing a secluded and private setting. There is an ornamental fish pond as well as further pond in the woodland beyond. There are various timber stores and a double garage. There is parking to the front of the house as well as additional parking to the rear (west) of the property accessed via a spur in the shared driveway. There is also a paddock of about 1.7 acres which is sheltered by a belt of mature woodland rising towards the top of St Catherine's Down and the Hoy Monument. To the east of the grounds is a stone walled garden within the woodland. In the 1970's we understand there was planning consent for holiday units to be built around the walled garden.
The property is set within an fine elevated position and is well placed to access some of