The Charge of the Cheque Book

Vast Victorian Isle of Wight mansion connected to The Charge of the Light Brigade for sale – Only those with large cheque books need apply


During Queen Victoria’s reign, the wealthy flocked to the Isle of Wight to build maritime residences after she made it fashionable. One such mansion is currently for sale for £2.7 million ($4.1 million) after failing to sell for £3 million ($4.6 million) in 2011.


Woodlands Vale House
The house stands in stunning grounds of 9.44 acres


Designed for the soldier and politician Lord Calthorpe, who was present at the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade on the 25th October 1854 and whom later made allegations that the 7th Earl of Cardigan was responsible for the 107 deaths that day, Woodlands Vale House at Seaview, Ryde is described by selling agents Sotheby’s International Realty as “a landmark property”.


The 7-bedroomed house, which was constructed in 1870 in the French Renaissance style, includes 13,173 square foot of accommodation and that the agents neglect to give the floor area of the “extensive cellars” illustrates how truly vast this mansion is.

Lieutenant General The Rt. Hon. Somerset John, Lord Calthorpe, KCB (1831 – 1912)
One of the house’s numerous reception rooms
The dining room
The billiard room has a fine cupola and an Art Nouveau fireplace
The main entrance to the house features an impressive porte-cochère
The house was designed to enjoy this spectacular view of the Solent


The west wing of the Grade II listed property is described as “currently unused” and the original lift as “not in use” and though the main part of the building looks to be in fine condition, there is plainly a lot left to do. Those without large cheque books need not apply.



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    1. Very unusual house. Stunning views. Must need A LOT of work at that price. Just goes to show the value you get on the IOW.


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