2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms | 1 Reception Rooms
The combination of wonderful sea views with the contemporary styling and comforts of a recent and comprehensive updating, make this two-bedroom flat on Bexhill’s’ seafront deeply desirable. This is the perfect seaside retreat.
The sizeable flats within the Newdigate building were built around 1900 for fashionable sea visitors coming to the newly stylish Bexhill. Those criteria remain the same. What has changed is a total overhaul by the current owners of the flat to bring a contemporary yet sympathetic look to the flat with brand new fixtures and fittings and the assurance of warranties on all new appliances.
The flat has breath-taking views over the sea and along the coast from its position on the third floor of what is essentially an Art Deco style mansion block. A smart staircase which is very well maintained takes you to the front door of No 9. The internal hallway is generous in its proportions and leads into the open plan living space which, to say that it overlooks the sea., is rather understating the immensity of the views from this unique flat.
A modern kitchen has been fitted to one side of the room with plenty of space for a dining area as well as a sitting/relaxing area. The kitchen units are made of solid wood and the kitchen surface is solid quartz composite. Two huge windows with original features will offer a constant distraction watching the colours of the sea and beach change throughout the day, the birds circling and the sun rising or setting.
From the hallway there’s a good-sized bathroom finished in contemporary monochrome tiles which pick up on the heritage of the building. This has a shower, loo and hand basin. The two double sized bedrooms are at the rear of the building with views across to the bowling green. Both bedrooms are incredibly spacious, and the owners have made sure that the original features and atmosphere have been kept while making sure they are comfortable and cosy rooms with new windows and no drafts. The windows are original and Grade 2 listed. Their external repair and maintenance are the responsibilities of the management company. Internally the windows are newly painted. The front windows are draft proofed as best as old sash windows can possibly be.
The flat has good storage for household essentials. This would make a marvellous home or a relaxing weekend retreat. Everything is ready to move into and has the reassurance of a recent renovation which has been done with professionalism and care. The floor has been sound proofed with 12mm of rubber matting cutting “sound pollution” from other flats and a brand-new boiler.
The service charges cover a regular cleaner for the communal hallways and a maintenance manager who is on site most days to address any minor issues. There are no significant works needed to the building for the foreseeable future.
There is a Knole Road Flat Owners handbook which is currently being updated but the ethos of this ensures an ongoing positive approach to maintenance and management of the building with a high regard for the history and design heritage of this fine building which was originally built as a summer residence and a series of hotels for the wealthy.
Designed with a 5% convex angle to maximize sun exposure it is constructed mainly of Douglas Fir, a high-quality softwood, with soft, locally made bricks for aesthetic appeal. The Queen Anne-style Dutch gables reflected the grandeur of the new resort and provide an attractive symmetry. The elegant exterior of the building hides its quirky and complex interior. The most dramatic impact in terms of care of the building was the result of a German bomb that took out Knole Court during the Second World War.
The Knole Road Owners recognise that there is a challenge in maintaining this building due not only to its scale but also its listed status and history. The building spans 20 gables (of which 18 are KRFO) constructed between 1892 and 1897 and sits in an exposed position opposite the seafront facing the English Channel with predominantly south-westerly winds.
Leasehold is currently being extended to 99 years.