A fine Grade ll listed Regency townhouse in this exceptional 'old village' setting
According to Nicholas Pevsner in his Architectural Guide, Marine House is one of 'three especially nice houses circa 1830 in this location'. This striking Grade II listed property is referred to in the official list entry as Harecroft School 'a curious house of about 1840-1850, probably also designed by Amon Henry Wilds'. It has an unusual and very attractive classical main facade, finished with pebbles which are thought to have come from Brighton Beach. The twin ground floor round ended sash windows perfectly frame the magnificent main entrance, with its fine pediment of decorative gauge brickwork, set above the panelled front door which has a delightful covered decorative iron balcony with trellised columns above.
This handsome double-fronted property is arranged over four floors and is partially attached to its neighbour along one side, up to the first floor level. Inside, there is elegant and unspoilt accommodation with an abundance of character throughout and with varied interesting outlooks over the town. Notable features include working shutters, lots of period fireplaces, some in marble and a number in the classical Regency style, exposed original timber floors, panelled doors, brass door furniture and the fine original staircase, with painted balusters and polished mahogany rail. Modern-day touches for comfort subtly enhance the appeal of this special home, with five-amp lighting in the drawing room and recessed ceiling down-lighters to the key areas. The striking beautifully appointed kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with bespoke traditional cupboards, drawers and cabinets, combined with marble worktops and flooring. The cupboards continue through to the generously proportioned utility room and the marble flooring runs into the snug, which is currently used for informal dining, set-up with a small woodburning stove in the fireplace.
Eight good-sized bedrooms are arranged over the first and second floors, together with two very impressive fitted bathrooms and a useful third, in a more traditional style. The one on the top floor has an adjoining sauna room.
Outside: The gated mature gardens are limited in area, but include secluded outside seating and an area of level lawn. There are two parking spaces accessed directly from the rear courtyard, as well as a small Leasehold garage in the nearby Warwick Park car park, with access from Cumberland Walk.
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This is a gem of an opportunity to buy something beautiful, historic and at the same time practical, providing discreet town centre family living, literally just off the High Street and The Pantiles.Robert JacobsProperty agent