A bold contemporary property with a dramatic cantilevered section, affording flexible open plan ‘’through-life’’ living accommodation of over 4000 sqft, occupying a coastal hill top position with commanding views over the English Channel, wooded valleys and a wildflower meadow.
ROOMS Ground floor: Atrium, Snug, Dining room, Kitchen, scullery & laundry, Pantry, Cloakroom, Lift, Wine store, Double bedroom & en suite wet room,Indoor swimming pool.
First floor: Galleried landing, Drawing room with balcony, Library/study, Lift, Master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room and walk-in wardrobe, Guest bedroom and shower room.
Gas central heating. High performance glazing. Heat recovery and ventilation system. EPC rating B
Covered parking. Gardens & grounds including wildflower meadow. In all about 6.5 acres
SITUATION The property occupies an elevated coastal hilltop position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with commanding views over wooded valleys and across Rye Bay towards Romney Marsh. Nearby is Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, stretching from Hastings to Cliff End, Pett Level (3 miles) where it gives access to the beach, a unique 660 acre area of maritime sandstone cliff with a cliff top area of grassland and heath, woodland, glens covered with gorse and trees, nature trails and spectacular walks, one of which leads to the coast at Fairlight Glen. To the east is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye (9 miles), famed for its period architecture, medieval fortifications and cobbled ways. The town offers a range of local shops, restaurants, schools for all ages and train services on the Eastbourne to Ashford branch line with fast connections to London (37 minutes) and the Continent. Westward is Hastings (4 miles) with its seafront promenade, fishing fleet, Old Town and Priory Meadow shopping centre. From the town there is a direct rail service to London Charing Cross, which can also be accessed at Battle (11 miles). Hastings offers a wide range of schools including Helenswood Performing Arts College for girls, William Parker Sports College and two new and independently run Academies. In the private sector, there is Buckswood School, Claremont, Vine Hall and Battle Abbey.
DESCRIPTION Warrenders was constructed between 2012 - 2014 using a highly insulated timber infilled steel superstructure with the upper level clad in a Spanish slate rain screen providing two distinct wings either side of a double height atrium and a dramatic first floor cantilevered section above a sheltered car parking space beneath with motion sensitive lighting. Designed by architects, Alma- nac, the house, which is angled and juts out in three directions, is defined by orientating key internal spaces towards one of the series of outstanding surrounding views: a wildflower meadow, a wooded valley, the immediate coast of Rye Bay and the headland of Dungeness. The property is a future proofed house with through-life flexibility hidden within the design with provisions such as an internal lift, level threshold walk-in showers and level flooring. A section of the ground floor plan can be re-arranged to provide a private area for a live-in carer from the bedroom, bathroom and snug in the future, if needed.
GROUND FLOOR On the ground floor, there is a spectacular double height atrium with bi-fold doors to the rear terrace, a sweeping staircase leading to a galleried landing above and an adjacent snug/family room. To one side is a well proportioned dining room with two pairs of bi-fold doors to the garden and adjoining is a fitted kitchen/breakfast room with an extensive range of lilac coloured cabinetry with stone resin work surfaces, a stainless steel range cooker and double doors to outside. Adjacent is a laundry and flower space. To the other end of the kitchen is a scullery with an integrated dishwasher and sink. In addition, there is an internal lift, a wine store, a pantry, storage area and a cloakroom. On the other side of the atrium there is a guest bedroom with an en suite wet room and a heated swimming pool measuring 10m x 5m with silver slate clad walls.
FIRST FLOOR On the upper level, there is a galleried landing which is open to a drawing room with bi fold doors leading out to a balcony and within the cantilevered section there is a library/study. To the other side, there is a master bedroom with an en suite bath/shower room and walk in wardrobe, together with a guest bedroom and shower room.
OUTSIDE The front garden is set down to lawn with a four quadrant flower bed and a ''Rapunzel'' plait flower bed inspired by the gardens at Chateau du Rivau in the Loire Valley. A rose arbour follows the line of the monopitch roof to create an enclosed entrance to a geometric Mediterranean style gravel garden to the rear, which incorporates a ha-ha to provide uninterrupted rural views and gabion walls which connect the house with its landscape. To one side is a productive kitchen garden with raised beds, a herb garden, a small orchard and 7,500 litre underground rain harvest tank for garden water. Potting shed and equipment store. Beyond the formal garden area is a wildflower meadow with access via a five bar gate. The total area extends to about 6.5 acres.
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