Church Square, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HE
Guide Price £1,499,950
3 bedroom Town House for sale: Church Square, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HE
An elegant Grade II Listed house of early Georgian period appearance and proportions with sixteenth century origins, remodelled for the twenty first century, together with an adjacent garage and large landscaped garden, fronting a cobbled street in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town with far reaching views across Romney Marsh and along the River Rother to the sea. The property provides the opportunity to acquire one of the principal residences of the town.
ROOMS Reception hall, Drawing room, 31' Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen, Breakfast/day room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Basement , 3 double bedrooms, 2 Bath/shower rooms (one en suite), Attic/dressing room. Gas central heating. Landscaped part walled garden of about a quarter of an acre. Garage
LOCATION Church House occupies a commanding position fronting a cobbled street 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 and a two screen cinema complex has recently opened. From the town there are local train services to Brighton and to Ashford with connections to the Continent. There is a high speed service between Ashford and London St. Pancras in 37 minutes. 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.
DESCRIPTION Church House is an elegant Grade II Listed period house with sixteenth century origins, which was re-fronted in the early Georgian period and now presents mellow brick and shaped tile hung elevations set with large sash windows beneath a series of pitched peg tiled roofs. The property has been renovated and extended over the last 4 years and is now very much a home for the twenty first century. The house is data cabled throughout which means that TV and the internet is distributed around the property using a central hub and the screens in each room are controlled by a remote. The central hub also controls the Lutron lighting in the day room, kitchen and the rear garden and similarly, the nearly new gas central heating system is integrated so you can control the heating individually in every room using smart phone, IPad, computer etc. from wherever you happen to be. The system utilises a semi commercial Worcester Bosch boiler in the basement. The heating is underfloor and where necessary, topped up by small radiators. The well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over three levels, as shown on the floor plan. To the rear of the house is a part walled garden which leads out to a landscaped lower section. Adjacent is a good size garage which comes at a premium in the town
GROUND FLOOR The property is approached from the cobbled street via four steps with a wrought iron handrail to either side leading to a panelled front door, with flat hood canopy above, opening into an impressive panelled hallway with Amtico flooring which runs through the centre of the house giving a glimpse of the rear garden from the entrance. The double aspect, panelled drawing room, which has Amtico flooring, plantation shutters and a fine fireplace of Georgian design with a real flame gas fire, overlooks the church to the front and to one side, there are views over Gun Garden to the sea in the far distance. The well-proportioned dining room has a similar outlook to the front, panelled walls, Amtico flooring and down lighting.
The kitchen is fitted with a range of stylish custom-designed units in a high gloss lacquered finish comprising cupboards and drawers beneath quartz work surfaces with an inset sink with a constant boiling water tap and integrated appliances including a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and wine cooler, together with a Range cooker with a 5 burner gas hob, double oven and filter hood above. The kitchen is open to a superb breakfast/day room which has two large roof lanterns and cantilevered glazed doors leading out to the rear garden. The utility room has an attractive built in storage cupboard to one wall with sliding doors and glazed panels to the upper section, a separate cupboard housing the server and a door to the side passage. Adjoining is a cloakroom which has a modern wash basin and a low level W.C. The large cellar provides useful dry storage and houses the gas boiler.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, there is a fabulous 31' double aspect sitting room which overlooks the church and has far reaching views from one end towards the sea in the far distance. Within this reception room is a fireplace with a Victorian style surround and real flame gas fire and a range of storage cupboards.
The master bedroom enjoys distant, widespread views to the rear across the town, River Rother and open countryside on Romney Marsh. Adjoining is a bath/shower room with contemporary fitments comprising a walk in shower enclosure, a roll top bath, a wash basin set into a marble surround and a separate W.C.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there are two below eaves double bedrooms and a bath/shower room. Bedroom 2 has matchboard panelling to the ceiling and benefits from views across Gun Garden to the coastline. Bedroom 3 has exposed studwork to one wall and rooftop views over the town. The bath/shower room has contemporary fitments comprising a roll top bath, a shower enclosure and a wash basin. Accessed via a separate staircase from the sitting room is an attic/dressing room with a large skylight window.
OUTSIDE Outside: Very much a particular feature of the property are the landscaped upper and lower gardens to the rear of the house. Immediately to the rear is a brick paved terrace opening on to a walled garden set down to lawn with raised planters to either side leading to a contemporary viewing deck with a glass balustrade, from where there are widespread views over the town and across the River Rother. Steps lead down to a secluded "secret garden" comprising a small orchard under planted with bulbs and colourful ground cover and a large area of lush planting with magnolia and flowering cherry trees, cotoneaster, phyllostachys variations and climbers through which runs a meandering timber board walk.
Located to one side of the property is an attached garage which can accommodate a medium sized car with a motorised door to the front and a personal door to the rear which leads to the main house via an inner courtyard, which also has a glazed walkway to the rear garden.
Additional Parking: A resident's parking scheme is currently operating in Watchbell Street and Gun Garden, 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. For further details please contact East Sussex Highways 01424 220022.
Phillips & Stubbs
Tel: 01797 227338