Secret doors and switches; a fantastic Georgian residence with garden, roof terrace and guest flat.

Devonshire Place, Brighton, BN2 1QA

5 bedrooms
Asking Price: £995,000


  • Sizeable House In The Heart Of Kemptown
  • Georgian Terrace With Off Road Parking
  • Guest Flat In The Lower Ground Floor
  • Lovingly Refurbished And Restored
  • Beautifully Presented Throughout
  • West Facing Garden And Roof Terrace
  • Secret Doors And Switches
  • Area: 2100 sq ft 195.1 sq ft

Step into an elegant lifestyle in this beautiful Georgian house, having been sensitively restored by a thoughtful designer resulting in a fabulous but comfortable home, currently providing six refined reception rooms and four bedrooms, although the layout is clearly flexible in a house of this size. In a great location close to the beach and Kemp Town Village, not far from the station, this exquisite home with playful touches has a rare west facing garden large enough to entertain in, as well as a private roof terrace with sea views. In addition there is even off street parking.

Inside, the designer has kept to the Georgian tradition of fusing comfort with glamorous innovation for the social whirl, with plenty of secret doors and switches, this is a house that oozes style and fun.

The front door is set back behind a hard standing with Doric columns to each side. Inside is an unusually wide flagstone entrance hall which becomes a summer sitting room with access to the garden through French doors. The delightful west facing garden is walled and is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city, designed for entertaining with subtle lighting already in place. Back in the entrance hall, to your left, the original front door to the building opens into this dream of a house which begins with a welcoming hallway with a central staircase, the colours used are the historic tones of Farrow and Ball.

At the front of the house an attractive bay window looks down the street to the sea, the kitchen is large enough for informal suppers and introduces you to the careful restoration undertaken of the building. In this room, Georgian cabinets, although not original to the house are thoughtfully integrated with stylish handmade units. There are Silestone work surfaces above, top of the range appliances including the Miele 5 ring gas hob, extractor, ovens and dishwasher are integrated. The tall fridge freezer could stay, subject to circumstance, and as the room centres upon the informal dining table there are three levels of lighting, so you can choose your mood. Just across the hallway, the formal dining room has a handsome working fireplace and the arched window, bringing views of the garden in.

Up on the comfortable and bright first floor, the elegant living room has oblique sea views to admire through the deep bay window. Light and airy in the summer, you can see that in the winter the room transforms into a discreet and cosy haven when you draw the curtains and light the fire in its magnificent marble surround.

Opposite, the study, with restful views of the garden also has a high ceiling with intricate friezes, below the lovely cornicing and the period fireplace adds warmth as well as sophistication. The spacious bathroom at the end of the hallway is all about traditional pampering with a claw footed bath and hand basin with modern heated towel rail.

The quiet and airy second floor, keeps the high ceilings evident elsewhere in the house and has two stately double bedrooms. At the back, the room is generous in size with a feature fireplace and is nice and private as it is not directly overlooked and high above your head delicate plaster work and friezes have been beautifully reconstructed. The refined bedroom opposite, currently used as the master bedroom, has storage to each side of the fireplace and the rounded bay is large and high enough for you to enjoy the views even from bed. Shared by the two is a dressing area (with concealed plumbing for utility machines if you wanted to move them from the lower floor) which leads into a luxury shower room.

The third floor and roof terrace is the pièce de résistance. This bedroom is currently used as a music room but could be the master bedroom suite. A private staircase leads into this spacious room and spans the full depth of the house with windows to the east and west it is airy all day long and French windows open to a secret roof terrace, complete with sea views and a water feature. Inside there is plenty of space to play with and you can remotely slide the oil painting away to reveal a flat screen t.v. Also hidden away behind a secret door is an en suite shower room with a rainfall shower and a magnificent Medusa tap.

The lower ground floor has two bedrooms and a shower room and is designed for guests in mind but would work well for an au pair or relative. Access to this level is either through the main house or via the main entrance and garden. Through the garden there is a door at the bottom of stone steps which also leads to deep storage and a wine cellar. The lobby is at the foot of the stairs with a secret door into the room at the front. This double room has a large window to the front of the building which is stepped back from the pavement, so the room is surprisingly light. A chic shower room lined in Travertine stone and a second single room with panelled storage which opens to the steps to the garden finishes off this magnificent house. 

This beautifully designed home is within minutes of the sea on a quiet one way street in the heart of Kemp Town with its Bohemian mix of cafes, shops and restaurants. The Cosmopolitan Marina and the Theatres of Brighton are both within easy reach as are the Georgian Lanes and the Brighton Pavilion. Close to one of the top ten schools in the country Brighton College and the Hospital, as well as being within walking distance of the beach, the Lanes, Queen’s Park and the station. This exceptional home’s proximity to Brighton Station with is excellent links to Gatwick and London make this a viable proposition for those needing to commute.

Reference: 127301


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