3 bedroom Cottage for sale: East Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JY

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Reference: 35458_100628003059


An intriguing, heavily timbered Grade II Listed period property of early sixteenth century origin with an enchanting 45’ walled garden to the rear situated in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye.


ROOMS Entrance vestibule, Entrance lobby, Shop (dining room), Sitting room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Landing, Three double bedrooms, Bathroom (en suite), Shower room, Gas central heating, Walled garden. 

LOCATION The property is situated in 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 Festival is held annually and a two screen cinema complex has recently opened. From the town there are local train services to Brighton and to Ashford, from where there are high speed connections to London St Pancras (37 minutes) and the Continent via Eurostar. Sporting facilities in the area include a leisure centre with a 25m pool, lawn tennis club, sailing at Rye Harbour and numerous golf courses within a 15 mile radius, Rye is also located on the edges of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Romney Marsh, as well as being a short drive from 7 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, affording local residents many fine countryside and coastal walks. 

DESCRIPTION A Grade II Listed period property of early sixteenth century origin, built at right angles to the street, of timber frame construction with tile hung upper elevations and brick lower external elevations set with a combination of casement and sash windows beneath a pitched peg tiled roof. The property was largely rebuilt in the early eighteenth century and incorporates a side jetty with the upper storey overhanging the passage leading from the entrance vestibule to the garden. Between 1970 and 2013, the current retail area formed part of the residential dwelling. Note: 2 East Street is subject to a very small area of flying freehold whereby passes part of an adjoining property over the front section of the entrance vestibule.  

GROUND FLOOR A wrought iron gate opens into a recessed entrance with a part glazed door leading to an entrance vestibule. From there, a glazed door gives access to the rear garden and a front door opens into an entrance lobby with stairs to the first floor. To the front of the property is a shop (former dining room) with a stable door, a wide bay window overlooking East Street with a projecting canopy on brackets above, exposed floorboards, a trap door to the cellar and matchboard panelling to the ceiling and walls. The sitting room has exposed timber framing and an inglenook fireplace with brick surrounds, an oak bressumer and a fitted wood burning stove. A door and stone steps lead down to a useful cellar beneath the shop with a flagstone floor. A wide opening leads to the kitchen/breakfast room which has two sash windows to the side, an old brick floor, glazed double doors to the rear garden and fine ceiling beams including a dragon beam. The kitchen has painted cabinets comprising shelved cupboards and drawers beneath woodblock work surfaces with a built in dresser and inset Belfast sink, built in stainless steel double oven, inset 5 burner gas hob, gas boiler, space for a fridge and plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher. 

FIRST FLOOR On the first floor there is a landing with stairs to the second floor. Bedroom 2, formerly a drawing room, has a canted window overlooking East Street, exposed floorboards and paneling to one wall. Bedroom 1, which is double aspect and overlooks the rear garden, has an attractive small inglenook fireplace with an inset Victorian grate, a built in airing cupboard and exposed floorboards. The en-suite bathroom has fitments comprising a close coupled w.c, panelled bath and wash basin.  

SECOND FLOOR On the second floor there is a below eaves attic bedroom with a window to the front and an adjacent shower room with a low level w.c, wash basin and shower enclosure. An inner door leads to a large roof space.  

OUTSIDE Walled rear garden: 45' x 18' Immediately adjacent to the rear of the house is a flagstone paved terrace leading out to a central brick pathway with burgeoning flowerbeds to either side with cottage garden planting including roses, geraniums, irises, hostas, honeysuckle, wisteria and a mature fig tree. To the far end is a kitchen garden with raised beds and a gardener's w.c.

NOTE The Rateable Value for the shop is £4150. Eligible for small business rate relief subject to status. Council Tax Band D 

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Reference: 35458_100628003059

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Phillips & Stubbs
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