On a leafy street which culminates in country walks along protected downland, this picturesque complex, arranged around two courtyards, looks authentically Tudor with ornate chimneys, carved gables and leaded windows, although it was originally a small 1920’s development of seven cottages by Charles Neville, designed to keep skilled craftsmen at work during the depression. It used reclaimed materials, so it could be that many of the huge old beams are ship timbers and stone fireplaces are authentic! For a full history of this iconic Arts and Crafts project there are websites to explore, such as britishlistedbuildings.co.uk and these distinctive buildings also feature in Rottingdean’s Museum. The famous book ‘The House Desirable‘ by P. A. Barron features Tudor Close.
The entrance hall:
In the prime, southwest corner of this prestigious development – historic and spacious homes of this type do not appear on the market often and sell fast – this property radiates charm with roses around the door, paved terrace and a leaded shield of the Sussex Martlets above the entrance.
Inside, quarry tiles and vaulted ceiling introduce you to the subtle skill between style and practicality and ahead, the double height inner hallway is as it was when the hotel was welcoming its famous, resident guests coming in from the private gardens with impressive oak beams, huge fireplace, galleried landing and a timber framed telephone booth, where you can store coats and boots.
Beautifully proportioned with 25’2 x 18’8 (7.66m x 5.69m) in which to spread your wings, the formal reception has great character with oak beams and two fireplaces one of which could be opened. Stretching almost the full length of the southwest wall, leaded windows open to the gardens and views over to St Margaret of Antioch Church with its magnificent windows depicting the archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, lit up during services. These were made at the William Morris factory to a design by the famous Pre Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
Inside, this inviting L shaped room was the lounge of the hotel, and is still ideal for entertaining as the original bar remains, discreet in the corner, and rumour has it that Julie Andrews would have sung there as her parents worked at the hotel….
The kitchen diner, kitchen garden, formal dining room and studio/guest bedroom:
Expert design has created a kitchen diner for a sociable, less formal 21st century lifestyle, with the working areas of this split level space ingeniously out of sight of both the living and dining rooms as well as the family table.
With a parquet floor and plentiful handmade cabinets in country style, it opens both to the dining room and a small lit courtyard with a seating area for the afternoon sun where steps rise past beds for herbs and flowers to the tree lined street, perfect for supermarket deliveries.
Inside, the Rayburn has a backup electric hob, oven and micro combi oven, there is an integrated dishwasher (with plumbing for a washing machine elsewhere) and granite working surfaces gleam beneath a choice of lighting levels.
Double doors – which are also reached through the bar area of the living room-lead through to an elegant dining room, lined with windows on three sides and with one of the largest rooflights we have seen to bring in the light or night sky. Once the main ‘meet and greet’ entrance to the hotel it seats twelve people with ease, and the carved oak around the room always brings new discoveries.
At the far end, broad doors open to a spacious room with a big brick fireplace which formed part of the hotel tearoom. With another large skylight and bank of windows to frame the pretty neighbouring courtyard, it is so light it is currently used as an arts studio.
A secret side passage leads to the bar – and to the entrance hall – just right for the ‘Cluedo’ games played here and which would also make it a convenient guest room as they can come and go without disturbing the main house, and there is a cloakroom next door.
The first floor bedrooms and luxury bathrooms:
Up a majestic oak staircase with it’s carved owl newel post leads to a galleried landing with vaulted beams and garden views and the restful principle bedroom at the heart of this storey, and this home.
A generous 21’6 x 15’9 (6.55m x 4.78m), this private retreat makes the most of its exclusive setting enjoying the grounds, the church, the sunsets and mature trees which reveal the statuesque Rottingdean Mill at the top of the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve in winter.
Full of character with high ceilings, fireplace in the sleeping area and hand basin in the dressing area, it is ready for you to move in.
Quiet and comfortable at the end of the hallway, the guest bedroom is dual aspect, with plenty of personality of its own. At the back, the fourth/fifth bedroom is not directly overlooked either, and is currently used as a tranquil home office.
The bathroom has an Art Deco influence in the opulent baignoir with Parisienne style shower above it and next door the shower room is matching. Both bathrooms benefit from under floor heating.
The grounds and garages:
A peaceful oasis just minutes from the village green and High Street, the manicured grounds are secluded and secure, with each property apportioned a share – and this home has exceptional views from the sunny southwest terrace at the front and also enjoys the patio and raised garden at the back by the kitchen, and both have taps.
Each household voluntarily contributes a nominal fee for the upkeep of the walled communal grounds.
Sensible measures are in place by way of restrictive covenants regarding communal areas to make it pleasant for all.
Off street, the garage courtyard contains the garage included with the house. There is unrestricted parking on Dean Court Road.
There may be an opportunity to purchase a second garage, subject to negotiation.