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Guide Price £1,850,000

Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7ET
bedrooms 4    bathrooms 2   
A stylishly refurbished Grade II Listed period town house of Georgian origin and proportions, together with a walled garden and off road parking for three cars, occupying a commanding position fronting a cobblestone street in the Citadel of the Ancient Town and Cinque port of Rye.

Reception hall, Drawing room, Study, Inner hall, Open plan kitchen & dining room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Basement games room, Sitting room, Double bedroom, Bath/shower room, Cloakroom, Roof terrace, Two further double bedrooms, Shower room, Cloakroom, Gas central heating (part underfloor), Delightful walled courtyard garden. Off road parking for three cars

The property occupies a commanding position 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 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 with high speed connections London St. Pancras in 37 minutes and from there to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via Eurostar. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Rye, tennis at Rye Lawn Tennis Club with reputedly among the very best grass courts in the country, sailing on the south coast and many fine countryside and coastal walks.
Built by Thomas Lamb in 1789, The First House is a handsome, attached Grade II Listed town house presenting mellow red brick elevations which has been the subject of an extensive renovation and refurbishment programme, with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. The elegant accommodation is primarily arranged over three levels, as shown on the floor plan and from the upper floors there are splendid townscape views across West Street to the open countryside beyond.

The property is approached via four stone steps with turned wrought iron handrails to a panelled front door with a rectangular fan light above and a pilaster surround. The reception hall has a fine staircase to the first floor with a wooden handrail and delicate balustrading. To the front is a well-proportioned, dual aspect drawing room looking down West Street with a Nordpeis wood burner set into a fireplace with a marble surround and tri-fold glazed doors opening to a study with a cast iron firepace and moulded cornicing.

To the rear the light and spacious kitchen/dining room, with underfloor heating and a large roof lantern, is custom made with a bespoke range of flush, contemporary cabinets and a central island, all complemented by Corian work surfaces. From the dining area three sets of glazed double doors open to the westerly-facing landscaped courtyard garden.

A practical utility room with space for appliances and a cloakroom complete the ground floor. Steps lead down from the reception hall to a centrally heated 26ft basement, currently used as a games room, which benefits from some natural light and a dehumidifier.
Over the first floor there is a dual aspect sitting room with views down West Street, a cast iron fireplace and moulded cornicing, together with a double bedroom with an Arts and Crafts cast iron fireplace with Delft style styling, a stylish bath/shower room with freestanding bath and walk in shower enclosure, a separate WC and access to a superb decked roof terrace overlooking the courtyard garden below. On the second floor there are two further double bedrooms with raised ceilings, a shower room and a separate w.c
Outside: From Mermaid Street electric double gates set into a brick wall open to a paved parking area for three cars. Set on raised ground to the rear is a delightful walled courtyard garden designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist, Tina Vallis with flagstone paving and sleeper raised beds planted with various perennials, bulbs and specimen trees providing seclusion and privacy. There is also a summerhouse with power and light connected. Note: Beyond the courtyard garden and screened by a wall is a 'twitten' which is owned by The First House but serves a neighbouring property and Lamb House with a secondary pedestrian access from Mermaid Street.
Floorplan for Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7ET
  • Rye Rail Station is 0.18 miles away.
  • Winchelsea Rail Station is 1.69 miles away.
  • Doleham Rail Station is 5.72 miles away.
  • Three Oaks Rail Station is 6.17 miles away.
  • Wittersham Road Rail Station (KESR) is 6.21 miles away.