Quarry Hill, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HG
Guide Price £1,400,000
6 bedroom Detached House for sale: Quarry Hill, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HG
A fine detached Georgian Decimus Burton house, affording light, well-proportioned accommodation, set away from the road in large, secluded gardens in the Conservation Area of fashionable Burtons’ St. Leonards with long views to the sea and over the beautifully maintained adjacent public gardens.
ROOMS Entrance vestibule, Hall, Open plan kitchen/breakfast room and day/dining room, Pantry and various stores including wine cellar, Inner hall, Cloak/utility room, Study, First floor drawing room & library/bedroom 6 with access to balcony, Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, Four further bedrooms, Dressing room,Two bathrooms,Two cloakrooms, Gas central heating, EPC rating D, Detached garage & workshop, Off road parking for several vehicles, South facing garden.
LOCATION Quarry Lodge is centrally located immediately adjacent to the colourful St Leonards Gardens, which is laid out with a mixture of herbaceous plants, shrubs, bulbs and trees clustered together with a central ornamental pond with water lilies, in the heart of Burtons' St. Leonards Conservation Area, renowned for its architecture. The property is only a short walk from Warrior Square train station, the arts district of Norman Road, Kings Road and Marina, which offer numerous restaurants, including St. Clement's, independent shops, art galleries, antiques shops, cafés and Kino-Teatro cinema, as well as the beach and promenade. Warrior Square and West St Leonards railway stations offer a frequent service to London Charing Cross (90-100 mins), via Tunbridge Wells (34-45 mins) and Sevenoaks (54-65 mins); direct to London Victoria (2 hrs); to Eastbourne (23-33 mins), to Brighton (75 mins) and to Gatwick airport (90 mins). Local primary schools include St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic, St Paul's C of E, Silverdale, Christ Church C of E and West St Leonards . Secondary schools include St Leonards Academy and Saxon Mount. Private schools within easy reach include Battle Abbey School, Buckswood, Vinehall, and Claremont.
DESCRIPTION Designed and laid out in 1828 by James Burton, the most significant builder of Georgian London, and later further developed and enlarged by his architect son Decimus, who was responsible for the layout of Hyde Park and Kew gardens, Burtons' St Leonards was an example of Regency town planning and garden landscaping created as a purpose-built sea side resort to entice the wealthy, fashionable and famous of London society. From Dr Granville's 'Spas of England' 1841, ''We should look in vain on any other coast of England for such a range of buildings as those he (Mr Burton) has raised below St. Leonards Cliff…… None but the unrivalled crescents of Bath and Bristol is superior….''
It became instantly popular with royalty and aristocracy. The development was centered on the picturesque park of St Leonards Gardens and the villas surrounding the gardens were integral elements of the landscape being carefully sited on the contours of the land to take advantage of the views. One such is Quarry Lodge, set over three floors, as shown on the floor plan, with light filled, well-proportioned rooms and features of the period including moulded cornicing, dado rails, original full height vertical sliding window shutters, open fireplaces, picture rails and exposed antique floorboards.
GROUND FLOOR A glazed entrance porch with panelled double doors opens into an entrance vestibule with a tiled floor and glazed double doors leading to a spacious reception hall, at the end of which is a cloak/utility room with a close coupled W.C, wash basin and fitted work surface with space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The double aspect day/dining room has a glazed door to the rear terrace and a bow window to the side, together with an open fireplace with a natural brick surround. A wide opening links the kitchen/breakfast room, which is fitted with a range of painted cabinets beneath granite work surfaces with a butler sink and mixer tap, integrated dishwasher, built in double oven and inset 4 burner gas hob and quarry tiled floor. To one end is an exposed stone wall and fireplace with a fitted gas Aga and display shelving to either recess. From the hall, a door leads to an inner hall with an under stairs storage cupboard and a deep pantry. A part glazed door leads to a side passage/arched tunnel with a walk-in store/wine cellar and external doors to either end.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, there is a landing with a glazed door to a roof terrace and stairs to the second floor. The beautifully proportioned double aspect drawing room has a bow window overlooking St. Leonards Gardens, a cast iron fireplace and glazed double doors to the rear opening out to a wrought iron balcony with views to the sea. Adjacent is a spacious library/bedroom 6 with a cast iron fireplace and glazed double doors opening to the balcony.
The double aspect master bedroom, which has distant views to the sea, has dentil cornicing to the ceiling, a cast iron fireplace and an en-suite shower room with a close coupled W.C, bidet, wash basin and shower enclosure. Also on the first floor is a study overlooking the public gardens and a cloakroom.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there are three large double bedrooms with sea views, two of which have large bay windows and cast iron fireplaces. In addition, there is a further single bedroom, a dressing room and two bathrooms.
OUTSIDE The total plot size is approaching half an acre and very much a particular feature of the property are the mature gardens which offer privacy and seclusion. The house is approached from the road via electronic double gates and a long driveway leading to a turning and parking area for several vehicles with access to a detached brick built former coach house providing garaging and a workshop with timber double doors to the front and side elevations.
Immediately adjacent to the rear of the house is a wide paved terrace leading onto a secluded area of lawn contained by mature rhododendron and little leaf boxwood. A gate and steps wind down to a delightful lower section of hedge enclosed garden, again set down to lawn with paved pathways and burgeoning herbaceous and flower borders planted with easter flowers, asters, paeonies, wild bergamot, English lillies, river daisies, dwarf pittosporum, ferns purple osier willow tree, fig tree and hydrangeas. To one end is a raised herb garden and a lean-to greenhouse, to the side of which are double gates leading to the front of the house.
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