- 5 bedroom detached cottage with separate 1 bedroom cottage
- 4553 sq.ft.
- Rottingdean, Brighton
- Landscaped gardens
- Garages & off street parking
A tranquil idyll with views to the South Downs National Park, this five bedroom detached house with a one bedroom cottage – both with garages - is an Arts and Crafts treasure. Built in the 1920’s in Elizabethan style, sculpted oak and open fireplaces bring character and comfort to this beautiful home with an expert balance between family life and glamorous entertaining, and friends will certainly enjoy sweeping through the electric gates to glorious landscaped gardens and off street parking. The triple plot gives everyone plenty of space to play with and its position close to the village green in the coastal village of Rottingdean is prestigious.
Why you’ll like it
Drop diamond windows and hand crafted figures adorn the exterior of this substantial property which has countryside views from all the main rooms. Inside, you’ll experience subtle luxury with discreet practical touches like the energy efficient windows, ground floor cloakroom and a utility room by the garage so swim/running kits can go straight into the machines. All improvements have been sensitive, retaining irreplaceable craftsmen details such as the stately staircase, honed beams and carved wooden lintels which greet you as you step through a broad oak door into the entrance hall – and a glamorous lifestyle.
The formal drawing room, garden room and study
Beautifully proportioned, the formal reception has oak beams and a working fireplace. Stretching almost the full length of the room, leaded windows bring the garden in and open to a scented rose garden. Once spanning the whole south wing of the house, it’s exceptionally inviting with windows in three walls some of which now look into the fabulous, vaulted garden room. Skilfully designed in keeping with the age of the house and perfect for parties, this large, L shaped garden room is bathed in sunshine whilst doors to the east and west lead out to glorious gardens which wrap around the house. There are west skylights for the sunsets, an iron gas fire for winter gatherings and a galleried mezzanine level used as a study.
The formal dining room, kitchen diner and utility
All about dining in style, this atmospheric room is not overlooked with garden views and classic stone fireplace. Next door, the cosmopolitan kitchen/diner is designed with entertaining in mind and flows out to a secluded walled garden with a fountain. Carefully tucked away from the main movement between the house and gardens, a classic handmade kitchen acknowledges the past whilst high spec appliances, including a magnificent Stoves range, which could stay subject to circumstance and integrated fridge by it embrace a contemporary, sociable lifestyle. A discrete utility room with more built in storage has space for two machines and both a supplementary tall fridge and freezer, and it has its own access to the garden and the second, attached garage for four cars on the north side of the house.
The master suite
You’ll feel like royalty in the magnificent master suite where you can enjoy the rolling hills of the South Downs even from bed. Unusually spacious, there’s an open fireplace at one end of the room by the door to the galleried study, and a whole wall of hand crafted wardrobes at the other. You can bathe in glory in a grand en suite with a freestanding baignoire, a dual head walk in shower in traditional style and the porcelain twin hand basins are set into marble.
The guest suite and sauna
At the top of an oak staircase a big bright landing features a Tudor style oriel window and a substantial curved timber which local legend claims to have been reclaimed from the Spanish Armada! – Most timber used in the construction was apparently rescued from older buildings. At the front of the house, the welcoming guest suite is ready to move into. It has plenty of space, restful countryside views and the sensitively updated en suite has a claw footed bath with traditional fittings. The bathroom also leads to a passage where a Finnolme sauna is cleverly hidden away.
Three more first floor bedrooms and shower room
Full of character and with fitted wardrobes, the third double room is peaceful and has a secret roof terrace ideal for morning coffee. Across the landing, a quiet single bedroom would suit as a nursery and feeling deliciously secluded at the back of the house, the calmly decorated fifth bedroom has a luxury shower room next door.
Intended to become ‘rooms’ of the house during summer, the gardens are imaginatively landscaped. Completely private at the back, the sunny walled garden has ample room for friends and family to eat, drink and be merry, and wide French doors to both the kitchen and garden room mean al fresco entertaining is made easy. At the front, formal gardens are planted for scent and all year interest by its green fingered owner – and have often won the coveted prize of best garden in the village- but also allow for quiet relaxation and recharging in a charming cabin where you can watch the birds enjoying the fountains in any season.
Secure behind the electronic gate this appealing detached cottage has an integral double garage. Built as staff quarters in the same style as the main house, inside the ground floor now has a comfortable sitting room, a fully fitted kitchen and contemporary cloakroom. Upstairs, the big bedroom is light and inviting, the shower room has an electric intro 850 shower and there’s a second kitchen for breakfast in bed. Ideal for visiting family, this simple but stylish property could even provide an income.
Impressive inside and out, this luxury home has a prestigious location within the village.
What the owner says
“We have loved this unique house with its beautiful gardens and friendly neighbours, and we hope that you will be as happy as we have been here.”
Where it is
Shops: Rottingdean High Street about a 5 minute walk
Train: Brighton Station 20 ish minute drive
Seafront or park: Downs at the end of this no through road, seafront 7 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
The thriving coastal village of Rottingdean is popular with families and professionals as it has good schools and plenty of local shops, cafes and restaurants to explore. 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 cosmopolitan restaurants, casino, health club and cinemas, you are also about a 15 minute drive from Brighton and Hove’s city centre. 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 uniquely glamorous home balances a peaceful, village life with all of the best that the Sussex coast has to offer.
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