The house known as Puckaster sat on higher ground above Puckaster Cove, not far from Niton Undercliff. It had been built in the early 1820s as a summer home for a wealthy merchant, James Vine Esq. By 1925, when it figured in a set of sale particulars, it had been transformed into a small country house with a grand entrance hall, five spacious downstairs reception rooms and thirteen bedrooms upstairs and extensive ‘offices’ for staff.

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