The property is arranged over 3 primary floors in addition to having a lift which provides significant flexibility in both layout and potential usage. Designed in the Queen Anne Style in 1905 by the eminent British architect, Sir Reginald Blomfield, the property provides extensive and versatile accommodation of elegant proportions on each floor. Historically important, the late Queen Mother spent happy times here with the Hennessy family between the Wars and awarded a royal cypher which to this day adorns the portico. The property is situated in a private elevated position on the edge of the village of Playden, within ten minutes’ walk of the ancient town of Rye. The current owners have invested heavily in insulation, smart home solutions, and high levels of maintenance to restore this wonderful property to the elegant home she was always intended to be. The home is also economical to run with a low carbon footprint being just a few points off or an EPC rating of C – unheard of! The property benefits from new matching carpets across all floors and new matching high quality drapes in all principal rooms.
GROUND FLOOR SUMMARY
Entrance Vestibule, Impressive Galleried and panelled Reception Hall. The Drawing Room, Dining Room and Music Room enjoy incredible views toward Camber Sands and sea views, Morning Room, spacious Cloakroom with two WC’s, Side Hall, Wonderful Kitchen Breakfast Room, Support Kitchen, Laundry Room, Garden Store, Butlers rest Room with walk in safe. Attached three-room Wing – ideal for staff accommodation.
Situated off the main reception hall are four south facing, perfectly proportioned reception rooms, ideal for those who enjoy lavish parties and entertaining family and friends, the including a versatile Morning Room which would also suit as a Study / Office.
The superbly appointed kitchen and breakfast room has been crafted to an exceptional standard with perfectly honed granite surfaces, Lacanche Chalonnais oven and dual dishwashers. Beyond the Kitchen there are extensive domestic facilities including a good size laundry and further well-equipped secondary kitchen. This room includes a fruit fridge and Rational oven – perfect for those with busy lifestyles.
Connected to the kitchen but presently closed by the current owners is the "Range". This is used as a store presently but could be easily refurbished as separate staff accommodation or a gym.
FIRST FLOOR SUMMARY
A bright spacious galleried Landing, leading to 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms and awesome far reaching views.
On the first floor there are a total of 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Two of the principal bedrooms open on to the south facing balcony offering stunning coastal views. Every bedroom has uninterrupted views in excess of 20 miles, the white cliffs of Dover can be seen from three bedrooms at a distance in excess of 27 miles.
In between the two largest bedrooms on the south facing side is another exceptional room again enjoying the wonderful views. This is a most elegant and versatile reception room that would also make an ideal principal bedroom with access to the balcony and enjoying the amazing outlook over the gardens and grounds.
SECOND FLOOR SUMMARY
Second Floor Apartment: Living Room, Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, Ironing Room wide corridor with bright cupola overhead.
The second floor is arranged as a spacious and luxuriously appointed self-contained penthouse apartment.
The Penthouse comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a large reception room and a stunning granite topped kitchen. With the second floor having its own rateable value this significantly reduces the stamp duty payable due to “Multiple Dwellings Relief” which may significantly reduce the SDLT payable.
THIRD FLOOR SUMMARY
Tower Room / Office
The highest room in the house, located in the Tower, a study with outstanding views of the south coast across 270 degrees. Linked to the morning room and the multiple CAT6 points around the house this really is a perfect spot to work from home or as an Artist Studio.
Two exit points lead from here, one gives access to the newly fitted lead roof with balustrade surround whilst the other gives access to a hidden suntrap above.
The house is approached through a pair of gilded iron gates with matching pillars opening onto a lime tree lined avenue, bordered by lawns. There is also a further set of gates and a driveway (which this property has a right of way over) providing a more direct route to Rye High Street. The current owners host a few weddings each year and comfortably park around 70 cars in the main drive behind the trees out of sight for wedding images of tree lined avenues.
Beautiful landscaped Gardens
The formal gardens surround the house and are mainly laid to lawn at the sides. Walkways, mature yew hedging and many fine specimen trees and shrubs, create a beautiful, secluded setting with extensive sea views across the Romney marshes and on a clear day you can see views of the White Cliffs of Dover at 27.3 miles.
The gardens and grounds extend to around four and a half acres.