A graceful Victorian townhouse of impressive proportions (6500sq ft) with seven bedrooms, views to the sea, a walled garden, guest/staff suite and garage.
This is a house which somehow makes you walk a little taller as you move around the elegant, expansive and beautifully restored rooms. The current owner who has owned the house for many years has shown a commitment to reinstating the grandeur of the house as it would have been when it was built in the mid 19th century along with an awareness of what makes a contemporary home feel comfortable and well appointed.
All cornicing, skirting boards, doors, windows, shutters, flooring, plastering and staircases have been restored to the highest standards. The exterior has been restored including the original railings and zinc canopy from the Drawing Room balcony. Fireplaces throughout the house are all functional. Gas mains have also been installed adjacent to the fireplaces. Invisible speakers and a CAT5 System have been installed as well as a professional quality cinema room. There is a double boiler system to provide effectively for the five bathrooms. All pipework has been concealed to retain the original character of the house. Shutters throughout have been restored and draught-proofed. Together these facilities make this a perfect contemporary home with a high regard for the authenticity and elegance of the period of the original building.
The exterior of the building has been re-plastered and a plastic mesh put on the walls to prevent cracking which is a common issue with houses of this age. Pigeon/seagull deterrent netting has been put in place around the exterior of the house.
Reception Hall, Dining Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Garden Room, Office, Utility Room, Professional quality Cinema Room, Drawing Room, Main Bedroom with Dressing Room and Bath/Shower Room, Five further Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms (two en-suite), Self-contained one bedroom guest/staff annexe. Double Garage with electric door and forecourt and discrete entrance to the house. Landscaped walled garden set to Portland stone which can be accessed from the lower and ground floors.
Black and white tiles lead to the entrance porch and part glazed front door. Reception Hall with tiled floor, decorative coving, dado rail, sweeping stone staircase which continues through the centre of the house.
To the front overlooking Warrior Square is a Kitchen with large bay windows with shutters. Underfloor heating. Stone flooring. Miele oven, Miele coffee machine, freezer, wine fridge, Miele dishwasher sub-zero fridge with freezer drawer, stainless steel sink, Wolf five burner gas hob, Filter hood.
The Kitchen is linked to a Breakfast Room overlooking the Garden. Rear Lobby. WC. Access to the Garden.
Large Drawing Room with bay windows, shutters, balcony overlooking Warrior Square, wood flooring, fireplace, moulded cornicing. Separated by bespoke folding double doors is a Dining Room overlooking the Garden. Ceiling rose has been restored to its original condition. Separate main ring lighting.
Main bedroom suite which takes almost the whole of the second floor. Wooden floors. Fireplace. Large sash windows overlooking the Square. Adjoining Dressing Room and Bathroom with central Jacuzzi bath, shower, wc and hand basin.
Two Double Bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. Views of the sea from the front bedroom.
Three bedrooms. Family Bathroom.
Lower ground floor
There is access to the Lower ground floor from the street or from the rear hall.
Stone floor hallway. Utility Room with storage, two Miele washing machines, Miele tumble dryer, butler sink, wooden work surfaces. Office with lots of natural light to the street. Original cupboards. Security monitors. Fireplace. Professionally installed Cinema Room from well known cinema suppliers Eoghan Mcaronne with sound proofed walls, fitted wall speakers with a value of £15,000, surround sound and atmospheric lighting. Projection Room with telephone internet and security systems. Garden Room with access to the Garden. Parquet floor. Full height sash windows with shutters. Adjoining area with plumbing. WC. Underfloor heating in the Cinema, and Garden Room. Vault rooms under the pavement which could be used as wine vaults. Extensive pantry space and storage cupboards.
Accessed from the Ground, First and Second floors is an Annexe which could be completely self contained. Fully fitted Kitchen. Double Bedroom. Shower Room with contemporary fittings.
Double Garage with new slate roof. The Garage was originally the coach house for the property. Electric door and forecourt and discrete entrance to the house. Landscaped walled garden set to Portland stone which can be accessed from the lower and ground floors. Secure pedestrian entrance to the street behind the house.
St Leonards has good access to London by train (London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Canon Street, Kings Cross) as well as to Brighton and Ashford International. The town itself has seen new restaurants and pubs opening in recent years as well as the traditional eating and shopping amenities such as the fresh fish shops and well-established pubs and some interesting and well supported independent retailers, galleries and cinema. St Leonards and Hastings have become magnets to the people working in the creative industries and many have made this lovely Regency town their home in recent years. They appreciate the friendly, relaxed seaside atmosphere with good access to London and beyond. The town continues to change, as it always has. Yet it keeps its very particular and slightly eccentric personality. * James Burton was probably the most significant builder of Georgian London, responsible for large areas of Bloomsbury, as well as St Johns Wood and Clapham Common. He also collaborated with John Nash at Regent’s Park. In 1828 he started building a new seaside town at St Leonards on the Sussex coast near Hastings, based closely on his experiences at Regents Park. Although primarily a builder, James Burton designed many of his own works, particularly at St Leonards, and examples of these drawings survive in the Hastings Museum. His son, Decimus Burton became a major 19th century architect, designing buildings in and around Regent’s Park, as well as the Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Screen and the Palm and Temperate Houses at Kew. He was responsible for the layout of London Zoo, Hyde Park and Kew Gardens and built country villas in both classical and gothic styles. He also carried out town planning schemes at Calverley Park,Tunbridge Wells and Fleetwood in Lancashire. In 1850 Decimus began a second phase of building at St Leonards on Sea.