13 bedroom Detached House for sale: The Strand, Winchelsea, East Sussex TN36 4JT

  • bedrooms 13
Reference: 35458_100628005959


An opportunity to acquire a long established and successful lifestyle business with highly versatile accommodation to suit personal preference comprising three component property parts, collectively or independently with significant income potential, including a beautifully presented Grade II Listed heavily timbered period house and cottage, together with a converted coach house, all set in established gardens beneath the historic Strand Gate of The Ancient Town of Winchelsea with far reaching rural views across adjoining National Trust Land. Parking for 12-14 cars.


LOCATION Located at the base of Strand Hill in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town of Winchelsea, one of the few examples of a bastide town in England based on the grid-iron street plan with wide, regular streets arranged around a giant square and the incomplete cathedral type church of St. Thomas the Martyr. Local facilities include The Winchelsea Farm Kitchen comprising a butcher, delicatessen and tea/coffee shop together with a primary school, public house and post office/local grocery. Winchelsea Beach is less than two miles and adjoins the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Strand House is also within two miles 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. Festivals include the Rye Bay Scallop Week, Maritime Festival, Rye International Jazz Festival and the Rye Arts Festival. 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 to the Continent via Eurostar.  

DESCRIPTION Strand House, formerly The Old Workhouse, dates from the 15th century and is of plastered timber framing and brick, park tile hung with exposed timber framing both internally and externally including close set vertical studding. Immediately adjacent to the rear is Crow's Nest Cottage which has in more recent years been incorporated into the main residence by way of a link. Features include exposed beams, massive inglenook fireplaces and within the garden is a detached coach house now converted to residential use.  

BUSINESS DETAILS Business Details: The property has been trading as a guest house/bed and breakfast business for over 90 years and is available as a profitable going concern with a total of 13 individual guest rooms, a licensed wedding room and a high number of repeat guests. AA 4* rating. www.thestrandhouse.co.uk However, the property affords versatile accommodation by way of the three component parts that can be arranged to suit personal preference and a variety of potential uses including, for instance, a large family house with guest rooms, a self-contained holiday cottage and a separate annexe/studio. The floor plan is colour coded to show the three parts: Strand House (white), Crow's Nest Cottage (blue) and Rye Bay Cottage (green). 

ACCOMMODATION Strand House, the principal residence, affords a reception hall and servery, a sitting room, a dining room, a small commercial kitchen, a cloakroom, four well-appointed first floor en suite bedrooms and three generous attic rooms with facilities Linked to the main house by a modern addition which houses the rear hall, office and laundry, Crow's Nest Cottage.


CROW'S NEST COTTAGE Two ground floor rooms, one of which has a massive stone inglenook fireplace and two first floor bedrooms with en suite facilities. 

RYE BAY COTTAGE A converted coach house forming a separate guest cottage comprising 2 ground floor double bedrooms with en suite facilities and private terraces and a first floor bedroom suite with a large bathroom with twin counter top basins.  

OUTSIDE The property is approached from the main road over a gravelled driveway providing parking and turning for about 12 -14 cars. From this area, gravel pathways run adjacent to the main house and the majority of the garden which backs onto National Trust farmland is down to lawn with ornamental water features, including ponds, mixed flower beds and herbaceous borders. One of the original town wells is sited within the garden. Forming a backdrop to the property, there are terrace gardens with meandering pathways leading up to Ferry Hill and Winchelsea Town. A small parcel of land forming part of the gravelled parking area is held on a licence from the National Trust. Further details upon request.


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Reference: 35458_100628005959

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