This very private home has open, leafy views from all the rooms, double glazing throughout and is elevated for uninterrupted light and glorious coastal views. A sheltering porch is at the end of a path stepping up past a manicured garden with a palm tree adding a holiday feel. Inside, this house of understated elegance begins to work its charm in an inviting broad hallway with oak flooring underfoot, two cupboards tucked away, one for coats, the other for luggage, and a gleaming guest cloakroom.
The reception and conservatory:
Stylish and spacious, light streams through a reception which stretches the full depth of the original, substantial building. A broad bay almost fills the south wall to frame glimmers of the sea, whilst behind you a glazed door leads to a vaulted conservatory which embraces the glory of the garden all year round. With ample space in which to relax or to share with company, this reception is for all seasons as a limestone fireplace adds warmth as well as beauty. With 360 views over the verdant grounds, the large conservatory opens to the scents and colours of the wonderful garden. The glass roof high above your head brings in the Sussex sunshine – or our famous starry skies – whilst tiles underfoot allow a seamless in/out flow.
The study/family room:
Nestled between the reception and the kitchen, the quiet study is a comfortable place in which to work in blissful seclusion whilst looking over the garden. Over the years this tranquil retreat has served as a playroom, extra guest room and second reception for the family, allowing older children some degree of privacy.
The kitchen diner, utility and garage:
Architect-designed to be a relaxed as well as impressive family home, the kitchen diner is opposite access to the garage so shopping can be easily unpacked and kits can go straight into the machine. Skilfully organised by an experienced cook, two streamlined runs flank the family table where homework can be discussed before supper is served, the classic units concealing organised storage and topped by user friendly surfaces. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is an area which everyone wants to make their own, but meanwhile the layout works well with a Neff fan oven and grill in a tower to prevent awkward bending, an electric hob above a microwave, integrated dishwasher and a choice of lighting levels for informal suppers. A deep larder is an ideal spot for a tall fridge freezer and at the end of the room, an efficient utility room has access to the garden and a Mira Sport shower is also hidden away.
It’s easy to forget how close you are to the city centre in this fabulous, secluded garden, full of birdsong. Expertly landscaped for family fun, this lush oasis is also child and pet secure. A terrace runs along the back of the property with paths on each side, one to a discreet area for laundry, the other itself a handy storage area. The huge lawn which sweeps along between crisply clipped hedging is perfect for ball games as it is level (which is a feature hard to find in a city built on the South Downs) and there is a shed at the end for the ride-on mower.
The first floor balcony and principal bedroom:
On the first floor landing an enclosed balcony faces south for the sea and the sun, and you’ll feel the stress of the day fall away as you drink in the picture perfect vista which flows over our glittering metropolis to the sparkling English Channel.
Next to it, also with magnificent views to the sea which change with the seasons, the principal bedroom is a relaxing refuge to return to at the end of a busy day. With generous proportions, the décor is calm and a whole wall of French Renaissance style wardrobes provide all the storage you could dream of and even includes a central dressing table.
Three family bedrooms and bathroom:
Three light and airy double bedrooms each have their own character and lots of floorspace, so there shouldn’t be any ‘lively discussions’ about allocation. Two at the back have hand basins and none are overlooked as they all have wonderful open views either over the garden or sparkling seascape.
The family bathroom is big and bright with all you need including a bath and separate walk-in shower fitted with a powerful Mira Excel system. The vintage blue suite, complete with a bidet, is back in vogue, the hand basin is above a vanity unit and below a lit mirrored cabinet with a shaving point, and another touch of luxury is a rail to heat your towels.