An exceptional Grade II Listed house of 15th century origin with a beautiful south facing walled garden and on-site parking for two cars in the Citadel of the Ancient Town of Rye.
ROOMS Drawing room, Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Utility room, Boiler room,
Cloakroom, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Second floor study, Gas central heating, Workshop/garden store, Off road parking for 2/3 cars and potential for a garage (subject to planning), Large sheltered walled garden.
LOCATION The property is 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 Festival is held annually. From the town there are local train services to Hastings and Eastbourne and to Ashford International from where there are high speed connections to London St. Pancras (37 minutes) and to 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 The Old House is an attached period house which dates from the fifteenth century and is listed as being of Architectural and Historic Interest Grade II. The property has external elevations of half timbering on the jettied east elevation, including a panel of plaster pargeting, tile hanging and whitewashed brickwork under principally peg tiled roofs with two dormer windows to the front. The well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over three levels, as shown on the floor plan.
GROUND FLOOR An old oak door opens into the sitting room with exposed timber framing, some pargetting between the wall beams and a corner chimney breast now forming a television cupboard with an alcove above. The triple aspect drawing room has large mullioned windows overlooking the garden, exposed beams and an attractive inglenook fireplace with an oak bressumer, a natural brick chimney breast and an iron canopy.
The well proportioned dining room has a large heavily mullioned window facing west, exposed wall and ceiling beams and a range of floor to ceiling china and glass cupboards. Adjacent is a garden lobby with a half glazed stable door to the south facing terrace and a door leading to the kitchen/breakfast room, which overlooks the terrace and garden. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of white panel fronted units comprising cupboards, drawers and plumbing for a dishwasher under roll edge slate grey worktops incorporating a one and a half bowl sink unit, a four burner gas hob with a concealed extractor hood and an eye level electric double oven. Off the kitchen is an inner hall area with recesses for a tall refrigerator and a separate freezer. There are two full height larder cupboards and steps down to utility room with ceramic tiles, a worktop with a stainless steel sink unit with cupboards beneath, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer. Boiler/boot room with a wall mounted gas combi boiler. Cloakroom w.c with a low level suite and a wash basin.
FIRST FLOOR The first floor landing has a turned staircase to the second floor, fitted bookcases, exposed wall beams and a built in airing cupboard. Bedroom 1 overlooks the walled garden and has exposed ceiling beams. Bedroom 2 has exposed wall and ceiling beams and a corner chimney breast to the with a fireplace alcove and period doors to the cupboard above. Bedroom 3 has a semi vaulted ceiling, exposed wall beams and cupboards with linen fold panel doors. Bathroom 1 has a white suite comprising a panelled bath with a separate shower fitment, a folding glass door, a low level w.c, and a wash basin with cupboard beneath. Bathroom 2 has a wash basin, a low level w.c and a panelled bath with a shower fitment above.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there is a study with a dormer window to the front and a connecting door to attic bedroom 4 with a dormer window and exposed timber framing.
OUTSIDE The Old House fronts The Mint and to the east side is a tall brick wall in which there is a sliding automatic wrought iron gate, with an adjacent pedestrian gate, giving access to a parking area for two cars. In addition there is a further space to the south, which potentially provides space for a garage, subject to any consents. An old brick pathway winds down the south side of the house to the sheltered paved rear terrace and a lovely walled cottage garden with a shaped lawn, ornamental pond and well stocked herbaceous flower and rose borders. There is a shrubbery walk running between the rose garden and a Mediterranean garden which is gravelled and has a corner terrace with a creeper clad pergola above. To the north of this area is a garden store measuring about 16ft in length with brick elevation under a slated roof and with power and light connected.
Phillips & Stubbs