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6 Bed Town House For Sale

Guide Price £1,320,000 - Freehold

Watchbell Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HB
bedrooms 6    bathrooms 4   
An outstanding Grade II Listed period property, subject to a multiple award-winning restoration and of significant architectural and historical importance, fronting a cobbled street in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town with widespread views from the rear to the sea.

ROOMS Entrance vestibule, Reception hall, Drawing room with Regency style balcony, Parlour, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Lift to all floors,Two bedrooms with en suite facilities, Four further bedrooms, Two family bath/shower rooms. Walled garden. Gardener's wc. Garden store. Resident's permit parking scheme



LOCATION The property occupies a commanding position in one of England's most famous and historic cobbled streets. Watchbell Street lies in the heart of the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye, renowned for its historical associations, medieval fortifications and fine period architecture. As well as its charm and history, the town has a comprehensive range of shopping facilities and an active local community, with the arts being strongly represented: Rye Arts Festival and Rye International Jazz Festival are both held annually and a two-screen cinema complex is available in Lion Street. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne and to Ashford International with high speed connections to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Rye, Cooden and Hastings, sailing on the south coast and many fine countryside and coastal walks.

DESCRIPTION Originally built in 1487/8 by the mayor to entertain and impress King Henry VII on his visit to Rye, this outstanding Grade II Listed property, which now presents a fine Regency façade with sash windows, has period features of exceptional quality including an inglenook fireplace with a carved bressummer, wall painting, moulded beams, Tudor cornices, Queen Anne panelling, a Regency staircase and Flemish floor tiles. Subject to an award winning restoration, the light, well-appointed accommodation, which is of good ceiling height, is arranged over three levels, as shown on the floor plan and from the rear there are widespread views along the river Rother and over Camber Castle to the sea in the far distance.

GROUND FLOOR The property is approached via a panelled front door in a surround with Doric pilasters and a rectangular fanlight above opening into an entrance vestibule with an inner door leading to a spacious reception hall with a Regency staircase to the first floor, a cloakroom with modern fitments and a door with steps down to a useful cellar with a lightwell and hatch doors opening to the cobbled street.



To the front of the property is a magnificent dining room a dais beam, moulded ceiling beams and an inglenook with a carved bressumer and medieval wall painting above. An inner passage with antique Flemish floor tiles leads to the parlour so the rear which overlooks the garden and has raised panelling of the Queen Anne period to the walls, an original Tudor cornice, a fine Victorian fireplace and glazed double doors with arched tracery opening to the terrace.



Adjoining is a modern kitchen/breakfast room with a glazed door to the garden, which is fitted with a range of cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers beneath granite work surfaces, an undermounted sink, space for a fried freezer, a breakfast bar, a modern electric 2 oven Aga eR7 and a walk-in pantry.

FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, there is a large drawing room with a cast iron fireplace with a tiled inner surround and a marble outer surround and French doors opening to a Regency style wrought iron balcony from where there are far reaching, widespread views to the sea in the distance.



There are two double bedrooms on this level and two bath/shower rooms, one of which is en-suite. In addition, there is a utility/laundry room with sink, plumbing for a washing machine and storage cupboards.

SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there are four further double bedrooms, an ensuite shower room and a second family bathroom, giving a total of 6 bedrooms and four bath/shower rooms.

OUTSIDE To the rear of the property is a delightful landscaped walled garden 30' x 28' with a wide Yorkstone paved terrace across the back of the house, from where distant views can be enjoyed. From the terrace, brick piers and steps centred on the French doors of the parlour lead down to an area of lawn with burgeoning cottage garden borders underplanted with tulips, iris, bluebells, etc. To one corner is an attractive brick outbuilding comprising a gardener's wc and garden store

PARKING A residents' parking scheme is currently operating in Watchbell Street whereby permanent residents can apply for an annual permit to park, subject to availability, on a ''first come, first served'' basis in a controlled parking zone.

SERVICES Local Authority: Rother District Council. Council Tax Band F

Mains electricity, gas and water. Mains drainage.

Predicted mobile phone coverage: EE, Vodafone, Three and 02

Broadband speed: Ultrafast 1000Mbps available. Source Ofcom

Flood risk summary: Very low risk. Source GOV.UK
Floorplan for Watchbell Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HB
  • Rye Rail Station is 0.24 miles away.
  • Winchelsea Rail Station is 1.73 miles away.
  • Doleham Rail Station is 5.78 miles away.
  • Three Oaks Rail Station is 6.21 miles away.
  • Wittersham Road Rail Station (KESR) is 6.27 miles away.