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2 Bed Apartment Under Offer

Guide Price £525,000

Watchbell Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HA
bedrooms 2    bathrooms 2   
A two bedroom apartment comprising the entire first floor of substantial Grade II listed affording light, elegant living accommodation and a roof terrace with southerly views, in the Citadel area of the Ancient Town.

Communal entrance hall, Private entrance hall, Living/dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Bedroom 1 with ensuite shower room, Bedroom 2, Family bathroom, Utility/cloakroom, Roof terrace, Gas heating, Basement store.
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, including the Landgate and Ypres Tower, and fine period architecture with half timbered houses clustered around the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin with its ornate gilded Quarter Boys clock and 18th century Town Hall with open arcaded lower storey and cupola on the roof. 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 Festival is held annually. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne & to Ashford with high speed connections to London St. Pancras (journey time 37 minutes). The M20 may be joined at Ashford via the improved and upgraded A2070 and A259. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Rye, Cooden and Hastings, sailing on the south coast and many fine countryside and coastal walks.

An apartment forming the entire first floor of a Grade II Listed eighteenth century period residence, altered in around 1910, faced with roughcast render set with sash windows with Venetian style shutters all beneath a pitched tiled roof and parapet. The light, well proportioned living accommodation has ceiling heights in excess of 9' to the principal rooms.

Lease details: Term 150 years from 1966. All three flat owners contribute approx. £2,000 per annum into a ‘sinking fund' for repairs and agree all maintenance charges.

A one third share of the freehold transfers with the property. The exterior of the property is painted every 5 years, due to be redecorated during 2022.

A rear entrance door opens into a communal hallway with a door to the basement and a turned staircase leading to the upper floors with panelling to the stairwell and a leaded light oriel window at the half landing.A front door opens into the reception hall with moulded cornicing to the ceiling, steps down to an inner hallway and a built-in storage cupboard. The main combined living room and dining room has large sash windows overlooking Watchbell Street with distant views to the sea, an attractive wrought iron fireplace with a fluted Adam style surround and arch display cupboards to either recess, together with a dentil cornice. The kitchen/breakfast room has townscape views to the rear over Lamb House and the Citadel. The fitments comprise a range of base and wall mounted units with wooden worksurfaces incorporating a Butler's sink, 4 ring gas hob, double oven and integrated dishwasher. Oak flooring and exposed brick wall.

Bedroom 1 enjoys distant views sea views beyond Camber Castle and has a double wardrobe cupboard with overhead storage and has a cast iron fireplace with marble surround. En-suite shower room comprising shower cubicle, w.c, wash hand basin, heated towel rail, window to side. Bedroom 2 has a large sash window to the rear providing townscape views over Lamb House and a range of fitted wardrobe cupboards to one wall and Acanthus Leaf plasterwork to the ceiling

The inner hallway has a built-in airing cupboard and a part glazed door to the roof terrace. The family bathroom has vertical sliding sash windows to one elevation providing roofscape views to open countryside in the distance. The fitments comprise a panelled bath with a tiled surround and shower attachment, a wash basin set into a vanity unit and a low level w.c. The cloakroom is fitted with a low level w.c and a wash basin with a vanity cupboard. Space and plumbing for a washing machine.

The roof terrace 16' x 11' enjoys southerly views to the front along Watchbell Street and to the sea in the far distance. A spiral staircase leads from the upper flat as an emergency fire escape. Basement store 16' x 5'6: Light and power connected.

Parking: A resident's parking scheme is currently operating in Watchbell Street whereby permanent residents can apply for a permit for 12 months to park on a ''first come, first served'' basis in a restricted part of the street, subject to availability.
Floorplan for Watchbell Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HA
  • Rye Rail Station is 0.22 miles away.
  • Winchelsea Rail Station is 1.71 miles away.
  • Doleham Rail Station is 5.75 miles away.
  • Three Oaks Rail Station is 6.19 miles away.
  • Wittersham Road Rail Station (KESR) is 6.26 miles away.