This iconic, bow fronted Regency building opposite the beach is a special find within an historic quarter of the city favoured by celebrities who like its laid back atmosphere and discretion. One of only a select few within the city on the seafront which has a south facing garden, it is set well back from a small service road with permit perking and is made private by exotic planting. Up a few steps, the entrance to what is effectively a magnificent Regency house is through the original front door.
The entrance hall, kitchen diner and utility:
This special home offers the understated elegance only a Georgian property can provide. Inside, restored wood floors and successive arches span a hall which stretches over 1.2m from side to side and introduce you to the timeless interiors of this classic beauty, where lion heads guard the doorway into the light filled kitchen diner.
With glorious views over the manicured gardens to the sea, tall windows with their original shutters almost fill the bow of the south wall and slide up to a sheltered balcony ideal for al fresco dining whilst enjoying a glittering vista which sweeps from east to west.
Inside, a large welcoming space of double depth has plenty of room for a large table for entertaining or where the children can join you as you create the incentive to finish their homework. High above your head, the ceiling is adorned by a delicate frieze, the ornate fireplace by the dining area, one of two, is open and dimmer switches provide ambient lighting.
Beyond a central opening decorated by pilasters, traditional shaker cabinets conceal clever storage solutions, wood surfaces are family friendly and a central island invites company. High end integrated appliances include a hose tap, dishwasher, fridge and freezer and the magnificent Belling multi fuel range could stay, subject to circumstance.
At the end of the hallway, past an under stair area big enough for bicycles, an unusually large utility room has been designed with care and has extra storage, natural light and a butler’s sink as well as plumbing for two machines.
The first floor landing:
At the top of the stately staircase, an inner lobby has floor to ceiling storage on one side and chic cloakroom on the other. Lined with windows in the east wall, the first of the double bedrooms is currently used as a comfortable home office.
The first floor reception and library:
With arched doorways which almost reach a ceiling which soars to a stunning 3.227m above your head, the reception is the crowning glory of this beautiful home. Spanning the full width of the building there is ample space in which to spread your wings and the triple windows following the curve of the building lead out to a quintessential balcony with glorious views over open water, reminding you why people long to live in this vibrant coastal resort.
As the windows stretch from the intricate frieze to the broad, blonde floorboards, (which hide extra power points) you can also enjoy the winter storms whilst sitting by the marble fireplace, which we are told is open. Next door, the peaceful reading room also has a majestic fireplace and plentiful shelving has been custom made so it does not disturb the detailed frieze decorating the ceiling.
The second floor landing:
With plenty of character of its own and views along the exposed bungaroosh of the back wall, the second of the double bedrooms is private and quiet, and we understand that there some pipes may have been fitted when a previous owner considered installing another bathroom.
The principal suite:
A private paradise, the second floor is all about relaxing in a spectacular setting. Sea views pour through the master bedroom through windows so large that you can enjoy the sparkling English Channel even from bed. The ceiling is lofty and the room restful with an Art Deco fireplace acknowledging the evolution of this historic home. A sliding door reveals an expertly planned dressing room which leads to a stylish bathroom with a Juliette balcony where you bathe in glory and complete seclusion in a claw footed, roll top bath or refresh and revive beneath a separate, dual head shower.
Two third floor bedrooms:
Both generous double bedrooms, unusually for this prime seafront location, neither of them are directly overlooked. At the back, the bedroom has calm decoration and open views whilst at the front, painted beams bring a nautical flavour to a room which looks out over the ocean, and it is uplifting as you can also see people having fun on the beach as you approach the three tall windows.
Two top floor bedrooms and bathroom:
Up a private staircase to what would have once been staff quarters, a contemporary, arched bathroom has a wet room style shower with a rainfall head and a wand, as well as a raised bath beneath skylights.
Next door, the sixth bedroom at the back has lots of floorspace even with a double bed in it and at the front, opening to a small parapet, the vaulted seventh bedroom is irresistibly light and airy with the roofline studded with Velux windows to bring in the Sussex sunshine and our famous starry skies.