2 Bedrooms | 2 Receptions | Garden
Georgian cottage on the West Hill of Hastings with sea views and a garden. Flexible rooms which could give four bedrooms or fewer bedrooms and more living spaces.
The picture-perfect home of a well renowned artist and garden designer has just come to the market.
The house is one of a few which were built around 1820 as houses for the grooms who looked after the nearby windmills that covered the West Hill at that time.
This lovely Georgian cottage-style home has a south facing garden with sea views, a spacious kitchen and living rooms and has been artfully decorated in neutral colours. It offers a perfect home or a glorious holiday escape. Several rooms have sea views and large windows give lots of light in the house with especially good views towards Beachy Head and the remarkable sunsets often enjoyed on this part of the coast.
The cottage is well maintained with recent work to the roof and gulley, hardwood sash windows which have all been replaced in keeping with their Georgian origins. The excellent Georgian sense of proportion is clear throughout this house which has a quiet simplicity to its lines. Miraculously across over 200 years, this is the only house in this stretch of Georgian development to retain the pretty scalloped exterior fretwork above the windows. Despite the relatively humble status of the original owners of these cottages, this house was built with attention to detail and an understanding of how important it is to have good light flooding into a home at all times of the day.
The layout of the rooms is flexible allowing it to be configured for four, three or two bedrooms or with fewer bedrooms and more reception rooms/workspaces.
The entrance hallway from the street leads to two interconnecting rooms on the ground floor which could either be used as bedrooms, reception rooms or study/work areas. Views from the back room to the sea.
Because the house is built into the slope of the hill, the kitchen and dining/living room are downstairs with lots of daylight flooding in from the south facing garden. This spacious space incorporates an ergonomic kitchen which opens into a good-sized dining area which can be made cosy in the winter by lighting the contemporary wood burning stove.
The downstairs bathroom has a contemporary feel to it with white fittings, a run of tiling with mirror above the hand basin and shower head above a bathtub. There is a utility room which separates the noisier white goods from the living space, is plumbed for washing machine and has room for a large freezer.
French doors lead directly to the pretty garden which is thoughtfully planted with scented and flowering shrubs and plants. There’s space for a table and chairs for outdoor eating and space to store the wood for the stove. The orientation of the garden means that it will enjoy sunshine for most of the day and is a particularly good spot for watching the sunsets to the west over Beachy Head.
The flooring throughout the lower ground floor is limed oak laminate boards.
The top of the house is built into the gable of the roof giving it additional character and is dedicated to two good sized double- bedrooms, one with sea views and the other looking over Plynlimmon Road: a quiet road with a good community spirit.
The house is minutes from the West Hill with the most impressive panoramas across the sea and views up to Hastings Country Park, the pier and along the coast to Eastbourne. Hastings Old Town is a seven-minute walk away and the railway station is a ten-minute walk.
Hastings has long been a hub for creative thinkers and over the past few years has also become a “cool” destination. The proximity of the town to London and to Brighton make this an easy destination to like.
The independent nature of the people who live here as well as the thoughtful and stylish independent retailers, pubs, restaurants and cafes which are dotted throughout the town attracts like-minded people from the music, film and television, fashion, design and arts industries. People say that there’s always something going on in Hastings and in nearby St Leonards and it’s usually something unexpected and interesting. This certainly isn’t a town to retire in. There’s a healthy cross section of ages and points of view. Hastings also has a remarkable history, unique buildings, two funicular railways which link the seafront to the higher parts of the town and the glorious Country Park which extends for miles along the clifftops towards Rye. Genuinely something for everyone!