- 8 Bedroom Grade II listed Georgian house with 1 bedroom detached cottage
- 6383 sq.ft.
- Roof terraces, large west gardens, pool, stable block, tennis court & access to Beacon Hill
- Secure hard standing & garage
With private access to the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve, this historic eight bedroom Georgian home with a detached one bedroom cottage is Grade II listed. An artistic and creative hub, Sir Roderick Jones and author Enid Bagnold lived here. The large gardens with a gate to the National Park are private, sunny and exceptionally beautiful with a heated pool, all weather tennis court and a period stable block where Enid Bagnold kept the horses which were the inspiration for her best known novel, National Velvet. Both house and cottage have secure off street parking and its position on The Green in the coastal village of Rottingdean is prestigious.
Why you'll like it
The pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones joined Prospect House and Aubrey Cottage together as one home and by 1923, the third home in this row facing the Green and overlooking the Kipling Gardens, Gothic House, was incorporated into a very large dwelling named North End House by Sir Roderick Jones and his wife, the author Enid Bagnold. In 1980, the properties were sensitively restored to become separate homes again, although the names became fluid, with Gothic House now known as North End House. Visually appealing from the outside with a Doric porch, Georgian symmetry and faced by black mathematical tiles, inside, this sun filled home has been beautifully decorated to an exacting standard.
The family living room & reception hall
The front door opens on to a lobby. To the left is a study or playroom which looks over the village green. There's plenty of storage for books and toys and triple glass doors through to the drawing room. To the right, a traditional reception hall is unusually bright with large windows in two walls and there's an impressive fireplace opposite a stately staircase with wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. This space opens to an inner lobby, where a guest cloakroom and atmospheric spiral staircase rising to the top floor are discreetly tucked away.
The drawing & dining rooms, cellars
With refined proportions, afternoon sunshine streams through triple, arched glass doors which line the west wall of a charming drawing room, framing the first of the garden "rooms" in. With ample bookshelves- one a secret door- gleaming floorboards are underfoot, the ceiling is high and, open and airy in the summer, there is an attractive stone fireplace for winter evenings where the family can gather together. Ideal for parties, there's also a door leading down to the cellars, both large and one of which is used to store wine.
Sweep through glass doors to the sophisticated dining room next door -literally at the heart of this home- with a handsome fireplace, designer paper and leafy views across the broad drive, which also means this space is very private of course.
The kitchen diner & utility
This stunning kitchen diner embraces the garden, and a vaulted skylight together with broad glass doors in both the south and west walls bring the sunshine in. Opening into the walled garden, al fresco dining is made easy, whilst inside, this family room is beautifully planned with streamlined, bespoke units made by ‘Plain English’ which are painted white and topped with stone whilst the walls remain uncluttered as there's a deep larder. The magnificent black Aga has four ovens and a gas hob as back up and is safely tucked away from the main flow of people and pets in and out of the garden. The room is wired for sound and as you would expect of a house of this quality, there's a separate utility room with a cloakroom and second side door to the path to the off street parking- useful for supermarket deliveries.
Part of the house during summer, the garden is large enough to be zoned into seven, connected and spacious areas. Close to the house, the walled garden has a dining area by the house leading to the heated pool and pool house changing room, and there's a quiet seating area with an eastern influence. An avenue of stately limes lead to the main garden, ideal for entertaining -or playing- with a large lawn bordered by the stable block where Enid Bagnold kept her horses which inspired her most famous novel, National Velvet. Fruit trees including medlar, plum, apple and pear as well as flamboyant ornamental cherry scent a paved area with attractive brick arches ideal for private suppers when the children or guests have retired to bed. Beyond the stables the kitchen garden has four raised beds and a greenhouse which could stay, and next to it is the fabulous, all weather tennis court for those budding Wimbledon champions amongst us. Wildlife are not forgotten either, as running along the very far end of the land is a wild garden complete with a gazebo where you can sit to watch the birds and other visitors, and it's here that you'll find the gate which takes you directly onto the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve.
The first floor - master suite & roof terraces, double bedroom
Beautifully decorated and ready to move into, the master suite has a spacious bedroom, dressing room and rest room. Both the dressing room and bedroom open to private roof terraces with glorious views, the perfect place for breakfast or romantic nightcaps. The glamorous en suite has fabulous Emery & Cie tiles and is large enough for both a freestanding baignoir and wet room style shower. Jack and Jill in style, it can also be reached by the generous double bedroom at the front of the house with views over the village green and Kipling Gardens, which currently provides a comfortable, bright place in which to work.
The second floor - Guest suite & bedrooms, famiyl bathroom
Completely out of the public eye and with restful garden views, the guest suite is stylish and has a chic en suite shower room, again with designer tiles. At the front of the house, two big double bedrooms look over the green and one is vaulted with a mezzanine platform for sleepovers. The third bedroom on this floor is light and airy with direct views across the garden to Rottingdean's famous black windmill. These rooms can be reached either via the central staircase or the spiral one and central to this floor is a family friendly designer bathroom.
The top floor - two double bedrooms, bathroom & roof terrace
Bright and spacious, the quiet bedroom at the back looks over the gardens and south to the sea. The elegant Jack and Jill bathroom with both bath and shower is shared by the peaceful eighth bedroom which has a door to a charming east facing roof terrace looking over the mature trees of the Village Green to the Church and the rolling Downs, where you'll feel absolutely on top of the world.
The cottage, garage & parking
Secure behind the electronic gates leading to the parking and garage of the main house, this appealing, detached cottage is now tucked away beyond a second gate and has its own courtyard., ideal for visiting family or staff. A traditional Sussex blend of flint, brick and weatherboard, inside is an open plan sitting room with a fully fitted kitchenette along one end, a contemporary bathroom and a good size bedroom. There's also a large integrated store room which used to be a garage, so storage simply isn't an issue.
Impressive inside and out, the location on the Village Green is exclusive. Rottingdean's a popular coastal village well served for schools, shops, cafés and restaurants on the edge of Brighton, not far from Lewes and just forty five minutes from Gatwick.
"Visitors often tell me that they love my home and garden and wish they could live here - and I understand why! The house is very easy to live in and as well as all the rooms being big and full of character, we have our own space. When entertaining, the house absorbs friends and family and the garden with direct access to the Beacon is perfect for a growing family. We've also enjoyed its ideal position between Brighton, for the theatres and the countryside, for a healthy lifestyle."
Where it is
Shops: Rottingdean High Street 5 minute walk
Train: Brighton Station 15-20 minute drive
Seafront or park: Nature Reserve 1 minute, seafront 5 minute walk
Primary: St Margaret’s C of E, Our Lady of Lourdes RC
Private: Roedean, Brighton College, The Old Grammar School Lewes, Bede’s
This historic house has had famous visitors, including Rudyard Kipling, Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor - who starred in the film of Enid Bagnold’s book National Velvet. In the thriving coastal village of Rottingdean, popular with families and professionals as it has good schools and plenty of local shops, cafes and restaurants, you have direct access to Beacon Hill Nature Reserve. For those who love the great outdoors, the beach, the South Downs National Park and Downland villages are on the doorstep. Only 10 minutes from the cosmopolitan Marina with its restaurants, health club and cinemas, you are also about a 10 minute drive from Brighton and Hove's city centre, and close to bus routes - with bus lanes- access along the coast and to the universities at Falmer is fast and frequent. Just 45 minutes from Gatwick, this glamorous home balances a peaceful, village life with all of the best that the Sussex Coast has to offer.
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