An outstanding detached Grade II Listed Regency town house occupying a commanding position in the Citadel of Rye, affording elegant well-proportioned living accommodation with far reaching views from the rear along the River Rother and across the Town Salts to Romney Marsh.
ROOMS Ground floor: Portico entrance, Reception hall, Reception/billiards room, Day room/caterer's kitchen, Utility room, Double bedroom, Shower/cloakroom
First floor: Drawing room, Kitchen & dining room, Home office/cinema room, Cloakroom, Roof terrace
Second floor: Four bedrooms, Shower room (en suite), Bathroom
Lower ground floor: Dining hall/games room, Sitting room, Kitchen, Double bedroom, Shower room
Gas central heating. Solar panels.Heat pump
Terraced rear garden
LOCATION The property occupies a commanding position in the heart of 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 Arts Festival and Rye International Jazz Festival are held annually and a two-screen cinema complex is available in Lion Street. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne and to Ashford with high speed connections London St. Pancras in 37 minutes and Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via Eurostar. 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 Mentioned in Pevsner, Chequer comprises an outstanding detached Grade II Listed Regency town house believed to have been built in 1819, presenting red brick and grey headers to the front elevation, set with tall sash windows, beneath a stone parapet with a stone cornice. Internal features include raised panel doors, moulded cornicing, exposed floorboards, fireplaces of the period and a classical elegant sweeping staircase. The light, well-proportioned accommodation, which benefits from 9'6 ceiling heights to the principal rooms and has been recently refurbished, is arranged over four levels, as shown on the floor plan. The lower ground floor is part of the main residence but it could readily be used as a garden/guest flat.
GROUND FLOOR The property is approached via an off centre Tuscan portico entrance with a pair of Doric columns and flat entablature with moulded architrave and cornice with modillions. A carved front door opens into a reception hall with a tall sash window to the front, herringbone wood block floor and staircase to the first and ground floors. A side entrance lobby with a geometric black and white tiled floor provides a secondary entrance to East Street.
Overlooking East Street is a well-proportioned reception room, currently used as a billiards room, with two tall sash windows and original folding shutters and a fine corniced ceiling with grapes and vine leaves. To the rear is a large double bedroom with a bay window providing far reaching views along the River Rother, a cast iron fireplace with an ornate marble surround and a moulded cornice of swirling ribbons.
The spacious day room/caterer's kitchen has a large bay window to the rear providing widespread views and a range of cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers with granite work surfaces, a stainless steel Falcon range cooker with a NEFF hood above, built in AEG microwave, integrated Bosch dishwasher, undermounted sink with mixer tap and freestanding American style fridge freezer. The utility room has a butler sink and a granite surround with below counter space for a washing machine and tumble drier, a fitted storage cupboard and a door to the shower/cloakroom with contemporary fitments comprising a pedestal wash hand basin, close coupled W.C and a shower enclosure, as well as a built in linen cupboard with drawers beneath.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, there is a spacious landing with stairs off to the second floor and a cloakroom with fitments comprising a close coupled W.C and wash basin. The drawing room has three full height sash windows to the rear opening onto an ornamental balcony and providing far reaching views over the River Rother and Town Salts. In addition, there is an open fireplace with a cast iron grate and ornate marble outer surround and overmantle with built in storage cupboards to either recess. To the opposite end of the room are two display units, one comprising a storage cupboard and the second, a range of book shelving with a storage cupboard beneath. The home office/cinema room has cornicing to the ceiling and overlooks East Street, the Town Hall and the church tower.
The triple aspect kitchen and dining room has views to the front and rear. To the front, a pair of tall sash windows with sliding shutters look towards the church and to one side is a fireplace with a fitted wood burner. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers beneath granite work surfaces with a ceramic double bowl sink, inset electric hob with stainless steel filter hood above, space for an American style fridge freezer, a built in dishwasher, built in double oven and wall mounted glass fronted display cupboards. A part glazed door opens to a paved roof garden from where there are far reaching views across the Town Salts to the sea.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor there is a landing with an octagonal window to one side and a built in storage cupboard. Bedroom 1, which enjoys widespread views to the rear, has built in wardrobe cupboards with additional overhead storage. A wide opening leads to an en-suite shower room with a double shower enclosure, twin wash hand basins and a close coupled W.C. Bedroom 2 has roofscape views to front over the Ancient Town and two built in double wardrobe cupboards with a dressing table unit and overhead storage. Bedroom 3 fronts East Street and has a range of built in wardrobe cupboards as well as a fireplace with a white painted moulded outer surround. From bedroom 4 there are distant views to the sea. The family bathroom has contemporary fitments comprising a freestanding bath with a shower attachment, a pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled W.C. A hatch with a retractable ladder gives access to an extensive roof space with a part glazed door opening onto a large roof terrace from where there are extensive views across Romney Marsh.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR From the reception hall, stairs descend to the lower ground floor accommodation, which could be utilised as a garden apartment, with an internal dining hall/games room with a hewn polished flagstone floor and colour washed brick and stone walls. Adjacent is a small kitchen with part colour washed brick walls, gas boiler and a stainless steel sink unit set into a granite effect work surface with modern base cupboards beneath, tiled surrounds and space for a fridge. The shower room is fitted with contemporary white fitments comprising a large walk in shower, bidet, close coupled W.C and wall mounted wash basin.
The rear hall has a matchboard panelled ceiling and a cupboard housing a hot water cylinder. To the rear is a double bedroom with extensive horizon views and a matchboard panelled ceiling. The sitting room/rear hall has a sash window to the rear and a full height glazed door providing access to the 40' rear brick terrace, which extends across the width of the rear elevation with steps descending to the main garden.
OUTSIDE The terraced garden is laid out on two levels. The upper level extends to about 40' x 22' being stone and brick paved with rose clad walls and established mixed borders planted with peonies, magnolia, wild geranium and evergreens, together with a small sitting area with an adjacent clematis. A second flight of steps with a wrought iron balustrade entwined with wisteria leads to the lower garden 41' x 23' with a York stone sun terrace, flower beds, a fig tree and brick boundary walls.
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