- Sea Views & Large Garden
- 4,222 sq ft
- Large south facing garden and swimming pool
- Gated driveway and double garage
A private paradise with glorious sea views, manicured grounds, a heated pool and feel good summer house with a bar and sauna, this five bedroom detached house is an Arts and Crafts treasure. Built in 1939 in Sussex style, sculpted English oak and open fireplaces bring character and comfort to this quietly impressive property with an expert balance between family life and glamorous entertaining, and friends will certainly enjoy sweeping through the electric gates to off street parking, formal gardens and garages. The double corner plot gives everyone plenty of space to play with - there's even a boat house with side access - and it comes with its own slice of British history as the Canadian air force used it during the war.
Why you'll like it
Drop diamond windows and hand crafted timbers adorn the exterior of this substantial property which stands on the southern brow of the hill so has uninterrupted views of the English Channel from all of the main rooms. Inside, you'll experience cosmopolitan living at its most sophisticated but there are discreet practical touches like the energy efficient windows at the back and a utility room by the garages so sports kits can go straight into the machines. All improvements have been sensitive, keeping irreplaceable period details such as the magnificent, mellow oak panelling and barley twist staircase which greet you in the hallway.
The west wing
Central to the west wing of the property- which is all about full enjoyment of the house, garden and scenery- the formal drawing room is beautifully proportioned with a wall of glass through which both sunshine and sea views stream. Stained glass windows gleam on each side of a gas insert fireplace, so you can all enjoy the winter storms over the Channel whilst sitting in front of a roaring fire. Beautifully designed, (and party perfect) the room opens to an enormous games room with space for a pool table, gym equipment and family table for board games, whilst opposite, the south wall slides across to a glamorous conservatory with stunning coastal views, a west panel for the sunsets, underfloor heating and central doors to the fabulous sun terrace and landscaped gardens.
The second reception
Exceptionally inviting with glorious views over open water as far as the eye can see, this classic reception with oak beams and working limestone fireplace is at the heart of this home. Stretching the full length of the south wall, glass doors bring the outside in and used as a family snug, it's a clearly flexible space which could be a formal dining room or playroom, depending on your needs.
The kitchen diner, utility, study & garages
Flowing into the garden and with dazzling sea views, this cosmopolitan kitchen/diner is designed with entertaining in mind. Carefully tucked away from the main movement between the house and terrace, a classic combination of black granite surfaces and white units with deco curves acknowledges the past whilst high spec appliances, including a five ring gas hob, Bosch ovens, two fridges and two freezers embrace a contemporary, sociable lifestyle.
Secluded but not isolated, a comfortable study to one side is a room with far reaching views of rolling waves. There's also a utility with access to the garden and the garages, one of which is a store but as it retains the door to the driveway it could easily be reinstated.
You're in your own peaceful world surrounded by beautiful mature gardens landscaped to compliment the house. At the front, the garden is formal, with statement planting and a pond whilst at the back, it's easy to forget that you're just 10 minutes from the city of Brighton & Hove in sweeping gardens full of birdsong. The paved, lit terrace by the house ensures seamless al fresco dining and spacious, private and secure, a lawn provides an unuusually large open space for play. Close to the house there's a changing room with a w.c and by the pool, a fabulous summer house has that holiday feel with a bar, sauna and shower.
Spanning about ½ an acre, this home was constructed on a double plot and there is side access to the lower level of lawn with a boat house by the gate and a summer house by a path to the working area of the garden which is tucked between two hedgerows.
At the front is the large bedroom with double aspect leaded light windows for a light and airy felling with fully tiled en suite shower room.
Bedroom four & five
At the rear, looking over the boats returning to harbour are two quiet rooms in the centre of this floor, served by a luxury & family friendly bathroom. Each have plenty of character and built in storage and would be ideal as a nursery and a bedroom for an au pair.
The master bedroom suite
Spanning the full depth of the west wing, the serene master bedroom's an idyllic retreat at the end of the day where you can enjoy a glittering moon over the sea from the Juliette balcony or even when snoozing in bed. There's an entire wall and a double wardrobe of sophisticated fitted storage, hand built by a shipwright, and if that's not enough, there's a walk in closet for you, too! The exquisite attention to detail continues in a stylish en suite lined with Travertine marble large enough for both a bath and separate walk in shower, and the heated towel rail, shaving point and underfloor heating are worth a mention.
The guest bedroom suite
By day your guests can relish the views across the Marina to the sea from their private roof terrace and by night they'll sleep in peace in a restful room with a chic shower en suite.
The agent's thoughts
The family homes on this exclusive crescent rarely appear on the market.
"Although it's been a quiet and private home for us, we have enjoyed many happy celebrations within its walls. Close to Brighton & Hove, the sea and on the edge of the South Downs National Park our children have experienced the best of all worlds, and we hope that you will be happy here too."
Where it is
Shops: Local 2 minutes, The Lanes about 5 minutes by cab
Station: Brighton mainline about 20 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: Seafront is under 10 minutes as are the golf course and park
Primary: St Mark’s
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Roedean, Brighton College, Brighton Steiner
This unique home is in a prestigious area close to the beach with a local High Street and within walking distance of the cosmopolitan Marina with its health club, cinemas, casino and waterfront restaurants. Kemptown can be reached on foot and the cultural heart of the city's about 5 minutes by cab. Award winning schools, including Roedean, Brighton Steiner and Brighton College are just minutes away, a park, a 72 par golf course and access to the Downs are a stroll, and as Brighton Station serving Gatwick and London is easy to reach by car, cab or bus, this glamorous home would suit couples, families of any age and weekenders.
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