The coast road at Roedean is characterised by impressive, substantial and individual homes, which sit elevated on hill, set well back from the cliff top, looking out over the sea and the boats at Brighton Marina. This house was originally built during the 1930s, so it bears many of the classic features of the era to include generous living spaces, wood panelling and wide picture windows to take full advantage of its southerly orientation. Ten years ago, it was redesigned to include a fabulous sun terrace and a second floor with two further bedrooms, and an adjoining annexe – bringing the house shining into the 21st Century and ready for the modern family.
Sitting behind a deep front lawn and a neat brick driveway, there is a sense of grandeur on the approach, and a flourish of roses add a pop of scent and colour as you make your way to the door. Once inside it is immediately clear that this is a beautifully cared for home where quality materials and refined taste have fused to create a superb space.
From the modern exterior you step through the front door to a wide and welcoming entrance hall where ceiling beams and gleaming Karndean flooring provide an instant sense of ‘home’. These warm wood tones are picked up in the solid oak internal doors which lead into the principal reception rooms, and a turning staircase leads up to the first floor.
Sitting room and study:
Spanning the depth of the house, this generous room has more striking original features with timber ceiling beams and a grand inglenook fireplace. A room of this size offers a choice of seating areas, so you can relax looking out through the wide bay window to the south, cosy up in front of the fire, or enjoy leafy views of the garden and rear terrace during summer. It is perfectly homely with soft carpet underfoot and light walls to brighten the space and is the ideal spot for retiring after dinner or spending time with the whole family.
Sharing the same garden views to the rear, the study is a tranquil room which is currently used as a snug or reading room but would work perfectly as either.
The Dining Room and Kitchen:
Crossing the entrance hall to the easterly wing of the house, the formal dining room is set up for elegant entertaining with space for a table to seat at least ten. The southerly wall is almost entirely glazed to mirror the windows in the sitting room, with sea views and open skies filing the view above the front lawn. The Karndean flooring continues in here, and through to the kitchen which is partially open to the room – although it feels perfectly tucked away too.
Modernised just two years ago, the kitchen has been well-designed with the keen cook in mind. There is plenty of granite worktop space with storage above and below, and within the cream Shaker style units, the dishwasher, refuse collection space and induction hob have been seamlessly integrated, alongside dual ovens and a plate warming drawer which have been placed in a stack for easy access. A really impressive feature is the walk-in larder which has storage solutions for all your food stuffs and kitchen appliances, while space has been left for a tall fridge freezer. There is also space for a kitchen table for less formal occasions.
Passing a utility room and further storage, a short corridor takes you through to the annexe which can be completely self-contained from the main house if need be. It can therefore be used as a holiday let or for family members or au pairs who want to stay close while retaining some independence.
A generous living room has space to dine and two sets of French doors open to the south providing private access while bringing in a wealth of natural light. The space is maximised with a vaulted ceiling, and to the rear of the room, a kitchenette has been fitted with all necessary appliances. Bedroom two of the annexe sits alongside the smart and spacious shower room, while the main bedroom is on the first floor. From here you gain your first views of the marina, so you can watch the boats as they sail in and out.
For a garden of such size, it has been designed to be low-maintenance with shrub borders and an area of immaculate lawn. It is perfectly private and a treat for the senses with scented blooms and herbs; bird song; colourful flowers and the fresh coastal air flowing through. With a southerly aspect it receives sunshine throughout the day, and there is ample space for children to play, or for play equipment without compromising on space. For dining alfresco and barbecues, there is a terrace close to the house or up by the garden room, which is another well-designed and versatile space. Its circular form feels organic within the garden and it is glazed to the front making it ideal as an artist’s studio or home office due to the light. A gym would also be ideal, or a teenage den or music studio, as it has been insulated for both sound and heat and has an electricity supply.
First floor bedrooms 2 & 3 and bathrooms:
A solid wood turning staircase wends its way up to the first floor where the landing splits east to west. To the east is the master bedroom suite, while to the west are bedrooms two and three plus two bathrooms. With an abundance of glazing on the southern side, these rooms are continuously filled with the ever-changing vista which is a joy to wake up to in any weather.
Neutrally decorated, these rooms will suite all types of furnishing, and each room is a fine size double. Bedroom two has a walk-in wardrobe and a chic en suite shower room, while bedroom three has use of the family bathroom across the hall. This has both a bathtub and a separate shower with a traditional rainfall showerhead, but all bathrooms have been fitted with fine quality fixtures.
The views only improve the further up the house you go, but now they can be enjoyed from the generous sun terrace accessible from both the master bedroom suite and bedroom two. Here, you can soak up the sun’s rays all day or enjoy an evening drink overlooking the coastline where the sunsets are simply glorious.
Master bedroom suite:
Formed from the easterly wing of the first floor, the master bedroom suite has a door to separate it from the rest of the floor which is ideal for when guests are staying. The main bedroom is triple aspect with views of the coast and the garden, and a sweet window seat has been built to enjoy them to their fullest. Next door, the dressing room was once a double bedroom but has since been lined with fitted wardrobes offering a vast array of storage solutions and has direct access to the balcony. The chic en suite was a more recent addition and has a spacious shower cubicle and contemporary fixtures and fittings.
Second floor bedrooms:
Bedrooms four and five span the entire top floor, with full-height gabled windows in each on the southerly wall. Bedroom five have three extra Velux windows so you can star gaze as you drift off to sleep, and even with a king size bed, a seating area and freestanding bedroom furniture, the floor space is not compromised.
Currently used as an exceptional home office, bedroom four has a desk space within the gable and several Velux windows to bring in both garden and sea views with the cool coastal breeze. It would be possible to transform the space into another master bedroom suite if desired, and then tuck yourself away from the hubbub of family life to truly relax.