A beautifully maintained family house influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement with an attached period cottage offering versatile accommodation and earning potential set in landscaped gardens, together with extensive off road parking and outbuildings.
ROOMS Main house: Entrance hall, Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Inner hall/boot room, Home office, Three double bedrooms, Bath/shower room, Shower room.
Attached cottage: Open plan living room and kitchen/dining room, Cloakroom, Double bedroom and en suite shower room, Store/study.
Fully double glazed. Gas central heating. Part electric underfloor heating. EPC rating D
Large garden. Ample off road parking. Modern outbuildings with services connected. Plot size approaching half an acre.
LOCATION The property is located approximately 1 mile from the Ancient Town and Cinque of Rye in the village of Playden. Playden is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Plaidenham and is a largely rural parish. In earlier times the sea, which is now about four miles distant, came to the base of the hill and Playden's main occupation was fishing; the fish were salted in a long disappeared hamlet known as Saltcote, at the bottom of what is now New England Lane, formerly known as Saltcote Street. The picturesque church of St Michael is an excellent example of a small Norman/Early English church. Rye is renowned for its historical associations and medieval fortifications. 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 is held annually and the Kino cinema, arts centre and café is located off Lion Street. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne and to Ashford from where there are high speed connections to London, St Pancras (38 minutes) and to Paris/Lille/Brussels via Eurostar.
DESCRIPTION The main house dates from around 1907 and is influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. The attached cottage is slightly earlier. The current configuration is as a main house with an independent annexe/holiday let cottage but the two could readily be combined as one larger residence or subdivided as totally separate properties (RR/2018/2283/P)
MAIN HOUSE The property is approached via a front door opening into an entrance hall with stairs to the first floor and down to a cellar. The well-proportioned sitting room has a bay window to the front, a raised ceiling, an inglenook fireplace with a fitted wood burner and dado height matchboard panelling. Adjacent is a sun room with a door to outside and an inner door to the dining room with a cast iron corner fireplace and dado height panelling.
The double aspect kitchen/breakfast room, which also has a large roof lantern and double doors opening out to the garden, is fitted with an extensive range of matching wall & base cabinets with work surface over, two bowl butler sink, space for a range oven with a filter hood over, part tiled walls, large breakfast bar with base cupboards, 2 built in fridges and a wine cooler. Adjoining the kitchen is an inner hall/boot room with a stable door to outside.
To the rear of the house is a home office with a door to the garden. Bedroom 3 is double aspect with a bay to one end. The bathroom has period style fittings comprising a free standing roll top bath, high level W.C, pedestal wash hand basin and shower enclosure.
On the first floor, there are two double bedrooms and a shower room with contemporary fitments comprising a shower enclosure, close coupled W.C and wash hand basin with vanity unit
COTTAGE The adjoining cottage/annexe is approached via a front door opening into an open plan living room and kitchen/dining room with an ornamental fireplace, dado height panelling and an extensive range of matching wall and base cabinets with work surface over, electric hob with oven beneath, integrated fridge/ freezer, one and a half bowl sink and space for a dishwasher.
To the far end is a large double aspect double bedroom with an en-suite bath/shower room comprising a freestanding roll top bath with mixer taps, shower enclosure, close coupled W.C and pedestal wash hand basin. In addition, there is a small store/study with skylight windows, a rear lobby and a cloakroom with modern fittings.
OUTSIDE The total plot extends to approaching half an acre. To one side are two separate large car parking areas with space for multiple cars, together with a modern triple bay garage and workshop. The garden area to the rear of the house has a York stone and brick paved terrace with a central olive tree, seating area with pergola and a large area of hedge enclosed lawn planted with fruit trees. A large gazebo style outbuilding housing the washing machines & tumble dryers, gives access to a further enclosed garden area serving the cottage with a large paved terrace, ornamental pond, mixed flower borders, herb garden and side access gate.
Phillips & Stubbs