Giant Corinthian pillars, wrought iron balconies and smart railings adorn this magnificent Grade I Regency terrace opposite the beach, built to impress and which remains one of Brighton’s finest addresses. Rare to the market, an entire grand residence of five floors is available, currently configured as a glorious five/six- bedroom house with a south facing balcony and quiet roof terrace, a two- bedroom lower ground apartment with a south courtyard, and two private one- bedroom apartments within what was once the garages, each entered from the one- way lane behind the property. With access to manicured garden enclosures with a tunnel to the beach, these luxury homes are close to local shops and restaurants and to the relaxed café culture and boutiques of Kemp Town Village, where you will find everything that you need. The cosmopolitan Marina with its health club, cinemas, and restaurants is within walking distance and the historical Lanes and theatres are five minutes by cab. It’s also close to bus routes to the centre of the city and the station, making life easy for home seekers and weekenders, and as it’s also within easy reach of the hospital, law courts, Amex, Queen’s Park and popular schools, these sophisticated properties will also appeal to investors.
Style: Grade I listed Regency Mansion with a 2- bed apartment and two, I- bed apartments.
Living rooms: 2/3 spacious
Area: 5,044 sq ft
Parking: Permit H zone
Location: Kemp Town
why you’ll like it:
This glorious Grade I listed terrace of stately Busby and Wilds’ Regency houses was the first to be completed in the Lewes Crescent design between 1826 and the early 1830’s, and faces the sea. Set back from the coast road by a wall, lawn and service road with permit parking, this impressive building rises over five storeys with an imposing Doric porch leading to the front door of the main house.
Inside, a large inner lobby introduces you to the sheer scale of the building, with delicate plaster work high above your head and an inner door, with gleaming red glass, sweeps open to a wonderful hallway, with Pavilion inspired decoration above the broad, tall doors and a fine example of a Regency staircase spiralling up to the top of the building, and which, most unusually, is not shared.
the drawing room and library
Designed to impress the rich and famous, this magnificent room certainly fulfils its brief with an interior design as compelling as the rolling waves of the English Channel outside, which are brought in with the sunlight by three sets of tall windows, all of which have retained their wooden shutters, so the house will be secure when you’re away. Atmospheric, dark walls work well with the height of the room, beautiful wooden cabinets provide ample storage for your treasures and twin handsome fireplaces rest within carved fireplaces each bearing the legend “Providentia et Prudentia” (foresight and wisdom).
the cloakroom, utility, staff bedroom/snug and shower room
At the end of the hallway, a door marked Cloakroom opens into a spacious area reminiscent of the Regency era with wood panelling and gilt painted names. There’s plenty of space for coats, boots and bags and discreet plumbing for a washing machine is tucked away. At the far end, a quiet room with thick carpet and large side window is currently used as a family snug and has playful coloured led lights in the ceiling. Its private position within the home means this would also make an ideal bedroom for an au pair or other staff, and there is a chic shower room, wet room in style and lined in Travetine marble, nearby.
the kitchen/diner and roof terrace
At the top of the stairs, thoughtfully between the two living storeys, this elegant kitchen has hand -made cabinets decorated with pilasters and topped with gleaming granite surfaces. Pavilion-esque windows frame the spacious roof terrace and a mystery theme within this home continues in the stain glass windows, so this room has plenty of character as well as space for friends to join you as you cook. The fabulous multi fuel Rangemaster could stay, subject to circumstance and negotiation, there’s an integrated wine fridge as well as a place for an American style fridge freezer and the deep Butlers sink is in keeping with the age of the building. Outside, the roof terrace is large enough for entertaining in style and as there’s no tall building behind, it gets plenty of light.
Sunshine and sea views stream through three sets of tall French doors which stretch all the way up from the gleaming wood floor to the decorative coving and traces of friezes around the ceiling. With their original shutters they also have, unusually for a Grade I listed building, discreet second doors sheltering the room from the winter storms. L shaped, there’s plenty of space to relax or to entertain, and there are matching grey marble fireplaces each with their original bell pulls. The graceful south facing doors open to a wrought iron balcony ideal for friends to spill onto, and which broadens for a dining table above the porch, from which you can enjoy the open sea and coast line which sweeps from the sun rise over the Marina in the east, over the pier and on to the sunsets above the bay of Worthing in the west.
the guest bedroom
On the second-floor landing, the peaceful guest bedroom is a generous size with windows in two walls, one facing east for the morning sun. With open views, this room is not over looked and with fitted wardrobes, it’s ready for your visitors.
the master suite
The jewel within the crown, the magnificent master suite spans the whole of the second floor, with the focus firmly on luxury. The restful master bedroom itself runs the full width of the building with the relaxing proportions of the Regency period and magnificent views across open water, framed by three south facing windows so large that you can even enjoy them from bed. Wood panelling gives the room an intimate feel and next door, a curved door leads to a large dressing room lined with gilded wardrobes. The en suite is large enough for both a bath with a glamorous marble surround and a wet room style shower with a brass drench head. Corinthian pillars decorate the marble top unit within which twin sinks rest, and the cabinets and designer paper match those of the dressing room.
the third floor – three bedrooms and a bathroom
Peaceful and private at the top of the house, two double bedrooms enjoy the sea views, and you can perch elbows on the sills at night to watch the boats returning to safe harbour. Each have plenty of floor space and high ceilings and with designer paper and fitted wardrobes, they are ready to move into, as is the third double bedroom on this floor which has wonderful, open views over the city to the surrounding Downland. Also on this floor, there’s a big, stylish bathroom with colonial shutters half way up the two windows to protect your modesty. The bath is within a fabulous marble and gilt surround, there’s a separate shower lined with gleaming marble and there’s a heated rail for towels.
the lower ground floor apartment
With its own private entrance through a south facing courtyard large enough for sun bathing, this fabulous two- bedroom apartment, built in an age reliant on natural light, has plenty of it. The exacting attention to detail continues throughout this spacious apartment, beginning with the gleaming, wood panelling in the hallway, so it would work as a guest or family annexe as well as the possibility of producing an income in the upper range. The reception offers open plan living at its most sophisticated with a seamless blend of old and new, the stately wood panels glistening in the flames of a rare, open fireplace whilst the white, wooden topped kitchen units are tucked away behind a peninsular island, so although sociable, it doesn’t dominate the space. The two quiet double bedrooms each look over the central light well, and each have luxury, wet room style shower rooms, and don’t forget the access to the cool acreage of the landscaped, gated gardens with the tunnel to the beach.
the two, one bedroom apartments in the coach house
Hidden away on the one -way lane with characterful houses built to service the Regency Kemp Town development, rightly described by Thomas Kemp as Belgravia by the Sea, these charming two, one- bedroom apartments are just around the corner to the beach and have access to the garden enclosures. With separate kitchens and deluxe shower rooms, these private, peaceful properties can be viewed upon prior arrangement.
The garden enclosures
Covering several acres and beautifully planted, the manicured gardens are for the exclusive use of the residents of the Busby and Wilds original design of Arundel Terrace, Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent and Chichester Terrace, and the secret tunnel to the beach is said to have inspired Lewis Carol’s rabbit hole in his novel ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.
bear in mind
Both the main house and apartments will have access to the gated gardens, substantially increasing their appeal and, therefore, their income potential. It would also be possible, subject to the usual consents, to amalgamate all the properties into one home, reinstating a garage which could also offer staff accommodation.
what the owner says
“This has been a very happy family home by the sea. We’ve enjoyed the balance of private entertaining here and big, sociable picnics in the gardens or on the beach. The flexible accommodation has always been a bonus, allowing for friends and family to visit in comfort, nannies to live in, and also providing security, as well as an occasional income, when we travel.”
what’s around you
Shops: Local 2 -minute walk, The Lanes 5 minutes by cab
Train Station: Brighton mainline 15 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: The beach is under 5 minutes through the tunnel from the adjacent garden
Primary: St Lukes, St Marks
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College
Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal resort famous for its history and flamboyant Royal Pavilion as well as its beaches, Pier and glamorous Marina. Known for its festivals celebrating the arts and relaxed, café culture there are countless shops, restaurants and bars to explore along the seafront, in the characterful Georgian Lanes or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this Grade I listed home. This beautiful Regency terrace is by the beach and has use of manicured garden enclosures and is just a stroll from the fashionable Kemp Town Village which hosts the Hospital and good primary schools including St Luke’s Primary and the award- winning Brighton College. The law courts and Amex are nearby as is Queen’s Park which has tennis courts, a playground and cafe and the Downs are readily accessible. It is also close to several bus routes serving the city centre, coast and Brighton station, with its fast links to Gatwick and London and for those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are not far.