- Grade II Listed Mansion House
- Outstanding Sea & Bay Views
- Council Tax Band: A
- Stunning Original Features
- Wedding Venue + 5 Star B&B
- Seven Bedrooms
- Substantial Gardens
- Basement Museum
- Garage & Store Rooms
Bleak House is anything but its name! This fine historical four storey Grand II Listed mansion house was built in1801 and commands one of the most prestigious and prominent positions in Broadstairs. High up on the cliffs and overlooking the sea at Viking Bay the great novelist Charles Dickens enjoyed many summer months at the original Fort House whilst composing or planning some of his famous novels such as David Copperfield and Bleak House. Some years later, after his death, the house was renamed in his honour to Bleak House. Whilst retaining many of the original features, such as the fine mahogany staircase, the current owners have extensively restored the property and it now operates as a Wedding Venue and a 5 star accredited Bed & Breakfast. The cellar of the historic building houses a Museum featuring artefacts from smugglers to the Napoleonic Wars. In the main house you can find the study of Charles Dickens and his personal writing desk which is situated in a bay window to the side of the house overlooking the sea. For further details on this truly spectacular building, or to arrange a viewing, which is strictly by appointment, please call Cooke & Co Estate Agents.
Entrance Into Entrance Lobby - The main entrance to the property is via a brick porch with arched opening to an oversized solid wooden door with leaded light finish leading into the Entrance Lobby which has original wooden flooring and glazed leaded light wooden double doors leading to the reception hall.
Reception Hall - 26'9 x 12'1 (8.15m x 3.68m) - A grand reception hall with doors leading to the principle reception rooms and a further door to an inner hallway to the north side of the property. The reception hall has highly decorative ceilings, incorporating period mouldings, picture rails and arched doorways. Straight ahead is a grand galleried staircase to the upper levels and beyond the staircase is a further door leading into a shower room and WC. Within the central area of the hall there is a period fireplace with solid wood surround, natural wood floor and a period style radiator.
Dining/Music Room - 25'10 x 19'10 (7.87m x 6.05m) - A stunning sea facing dual aspect room with various sash windows and doors leading to the upper terrace. There is a deep coved and highly decorative ceiling with mouldings and picture rails, a grand fireplace with coal effect gas fire basket, various radiators, high skirting and solid wood floors.
Lounge & Bar - 30'0 x 19'4 (9.14m x 5.89m) - A beautiful room with various sash windows overlooking the gardens and sea. To the far end of this room there is a large decorative archway and counter forming the bar which has various period coloured leaded light windows to the side and a door to the exterior. Within this room there is a period fireplace with overmantel, picture rails, deep coved ceiling, ceiling rose, high skirting, radiators, solid wood floors and door leading into an inner hallway and the kitchen beyond.
Reception Room - 29'8 x 18'4 (9.04m x 5.59m) - A substantial dual aspect room for entertaining with various large sash windows to the rear and side. Deep coved ceiling, solid wooden floors. Two feature archways and doors leading back into the main hallway and a fitted raised seating area. This room also has a large period fireplace with fire basket and tiled hearth.
Shower Room - A double walk-in shower cubicle and pedestal wash hand basin. The walls are part tiled and a vented radiator. Either side of the room there are doors leading one way to a separate WC and the other to the under stairs cloaks cupboard and boiler room.
A period WC with high level cistern. There are part tiled walls, period coved ceiling and dado rails.
Adjacent to the shower room is a boiler room housing a wall mounted boiler with a further door leading to a large cloaks cupboard.
Inner Hall - Inner hallway with secondary staircase leading to the upper levels and doors to the utility room, dining room and family kitchen.
Kitchen/Informal Dining Area - 29'7 x 24'0 (9.02m x 7.32m) - A large fitted kitchen with a separate informal dining area. This is a dual aspect room with various windows to the side and rear offering sea views. An extensive range of fitted wall and base units with a butler sink and a central island incorporating an additional circular bowl sink and drainer. There are ceiling down lights, natural wood flooring, a large ceiling skylight and an informal dining area to the far end. There are doors to a sea facing courtyard along with further doors leading to a central courtyard, downstairs to the Museum and one to the lobby of the entrance on the north side of the property.
Office/Utility Room - Currently utilised as an office with sink, utility and storage facilities.
Galleried Staircase - A grand galleried staircase with carpet tread stairs leading to a half landing with large leaded light windows to rear. The large main landing has a highly decorative ceiling, ceiling rose and picture rails. This area is carpeted and there are various radiators and to the far end is another staircase leading to the upper level Flatlet and back down to the ground floor level by the kitchen.
Bedroom One - 19'9 x 17'4 (6.02m x 5.28m) - A sea facing principle bedroom with various windows overlooking the beaches and coast. This room has a decorative coved ceiling, ceiling rose, picture rails, high skirting, a period marble fireplace with overmantel and doors to the dressing room and en suite bathroom.
Dressing Room - 16'5 x 6'0 (5.00m x 1.83m) - This room has fitted shelving and hanging rails, ceiling down lights and a glazed window overlooking the sea.
En Suite - 14'1 x 12'0 (4.29m x 3.66m) - A lavish bathroom with a 'pearlised' effect raised bath, bidet, close coupled WC and vanity wash hand basin. Coved ceiling with ceiling rose and picture rails, radiator, tiled floors and glazed windows with centralised glazed door leading onto a parapet.
Parapet Balcony - Accessed via the en suite bathroom A decked area with space for a bistro style table and chairs and offering outstanding sea views across Viking Bay and Broadstairs.
Bedroom Two - 19'2 x 13'9 (5.84m x 4.19m) - The bedroom has large sash windows to the front offering sea views and of course views of Viking Bay beach. This room has a decorative coved ceiling with picture rails, recessed cupboards and a period style cast iron fireplace.
Bedroom Three - 18'0 x 11'0 (5.49m x 3.35m) - A dual aspect bedroom with windows to the side and rear. There is a door leading to a parapet offering sea views. Coved ceiling and ceiling rose, picture rails, radiator and a large built-in shower cubicle.
Bedroom Four - 13'10 x 11'0 (4.22m x 3.35m) - This bedroom has a period cast iron fireplace, sash windows to the rear, period coved ceiling with ceiling rose, picture rails and a radiator. Door to...
En Suite - Fitted with a period style WC with wooden shaped seat and low level cistern. Wash hand basin, shower cubicle and glazed window to the rear.
Bathroom - A white suite comprising roll top claw foot bath with shower attachment to mixer tap and pedestal wash hand basin. Period cast iron fireplace, glazed window to the rear, recessed cupboards, coved ceiling with ceiling rose, picture rails, towel rails and ceramic tiled floor.
Separate Wc - A white close coupled WC, ceramic tiled floors, period style radiator, part tiled walls, decorative coved ceiling and glazed window to the rear.
Charles Dickens Study - 15'10 x 10'7 (4.83m x 3.23m) - This is the room where Charles Dickens got his inspiration for his famous novel David Copperfield. Decorated with a wealth of personal items from his day, including the writing desk he sat at which is situated in front of a bay window overlooking the sea.
Staircase To Second Floor Landing - As you approach the second floor there is a window on the half landing offering a sea view. At the top of the stairs there is a door leading into the upper three bedroom suite. The hallway area has a coved ceiling, radiator, built-in cupboard and steps leading to a door which takes you onto the flat roof terrace.
Bedroom Five - 13'0 x 10'1 (3.96m x 3.07m) - Various sash windows to the rear with sea views, coved ceiling and a radiator.
Bedroom Six - 14'1 x 10'7 (4.29m x 3.23m) - Sash window to the front which overlooks the beach, coved ceiling, picture rails and feature fireplace with overmantel mirror.
Bedroom Seven - 14'6 x 12'0 (4.42m x 3.66m) - Large bow shaped window to the side offering superb sea views, coved ceiling and a period cast iron fireplace.
Bathroom - A white suite comprising raised panelled multi jet bath with shower attachment to mixer tap, close coupled WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Large sash window overlooking the sea. Walls are part tiled, coved ceiling, built-in linen cupboard housing a wall mounted boiler and radiator.
Exterior - Staff Quarters - 38'0 x 10'5 (11.58m x 3.18m) - Over all measurement incorporating living and bedroom areas and featuring roof lights and wooden flooring. Access from the inner courtyard and the parking area. Door leading into the garage and a door leading into a wet room with shower, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled WC.
Garage & Store Rooms - 22'5 x 21'7 (6.83m x 6.58m) - Garage with wooden double doors and access to two large store/utility rooms. Door to internal courtyard.
Gardens - Extensive gardens to the property which are mainly laid to lawn. Grand raised terrace with concrete balustrades and wrought iron gates leading to a side courtyard. There is also parking to the north side.
Agents Note - The property currently operates successfully as a Visit England accredited 5 Star Bed & Breakfast and Wedding Venue. Some of the furniture at the property is negotiable.
Museum - Access to the Museum is via a glazed wooden door located in the inner hallway adjacent to the kitchen.
There are steps leading down to the lower ground level. As you enter the Museum there are many quirky features and artefacts from smugglers to the Napoleonic War. There are original prison cells and white painted arrows on the floor directing you to the safe exit which finishes in an inner lobby at the opposite end of the kitchen from where you started.
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