Located in one of Ovingdean's most sought after locations in an elevated position, providing enviable views across the valley, to the sea, the surrounding downs and the old village 12th century church is this impressive detached residence. Set within private grounds with gated entrances to both the front and rear providing increased privacy whilst still maintaining an open and wonderfully light feel to the house. The slate grey iron gates, handmade by the blacksmith, James Price, lead to a sweeping grey gravelled driveway that follows straight to the garage on the left and the front door to the right. The drive provides ample secure parking for multiple cars.
The house is arranged over three floors and is entered via a central doorway which leads to an inviting entrance hall. There are six double bedrooms, three reception rooms, three bathrooms plus an en-suite bathroom and an additional downstairs WC. Added luxury and opulence is provided in the spa facilities which include a Spadelamare indoor Swimming pool with a powerful swimjet system installed, a separate fully tiled indoor Spadelamare Spa pool, plus a well-equipped L shaped gym, all of which overlook the sea and the downs, perfect to enjoy all year round.
The impressive living room spans almost the entire depth of the house with a Chesney wood burner and original light grey marble surround, herringbone parquet flooring and full expanse of shuttered, sliding doors to the south, providing an abundance of natural light. Included is recessed feature lighting, Cinema projector and screen, Virgin cable with superfast broadband, fitted Panasonic plasma Television with Bose speakers and Mordant Short surround sound speakers. The adjoining family dining room which extends into the snug is full of character, charm and elegance. The snug overlooks the garden, with a glass skylight, sliding door access out and is shuttered all round to allow you to adjust the light accordingly, even divide the rooms.
The dining room has original fitted recessed shelving with lighting and built-in cupboard storage as well as Jura beige limestone tiled flooring and Italian designer caboche lighting throughout. A versatile space, which can open out to seat approximately 30 dinner guests, or separate into two smaller, more intimate spaces. The kitchen is located to the westernmost part of the house and is a spacious, light and inviting room which has been well designed and offers plenty of storage. There is also a recessed lighting feature to the kitchen - the same feature as the lounge and is part of the original house features. Thomas Ash solid walnut wall and base units with soft close drawers and under cupboard task lighting, finished elegantly with dark chocolate, large flake granite work surfaces.
It includes a stainlesss steel 1 ½ bowl franke sink and separate, yet matching underslung drainer. Freestanding Mercury double oven with a roll out grill and five ring gas hob. Matching Mercury Cooker-hood with a powerful extractor fan ducted outside. Bespoke Float Glass splashbacks and window ledges. Miele freestanding stainless steel dishwasher. Miele built-in microwave. Amana American style, fully clad, stainless steel fridge freezer with storage for 24 bottles of wine or over and pull out larders either side. Jura beige limestone tiled floor.
Situated just off of the kitchen is the useful utility room which also houses the boilers, swimming pool pumps and de-humidifiers, with its own separate access door to the front drive and offering lockable access to the Spadelamare indoor swimming pool room.
The pool is 8m x 2.5m, fully tiled around in mosaic style with shower area. The room has an air exchanger to keep the air fresh, two sets of sliding doors and a glass rooflight allowing for summertime enjoyment.
The gym and spa complex can be found in the easternmost wing across the sun terraces. The gym is well equipped with a cross trainer, running machine and life-fitness three station weights stack, plus free weights and the spa offers magnificent views to both the sea and the downlands. The perfect spot to watch the sunset. The garden is highly planted, landscaped and zoned. It includes two south facing sun terraces, great places to enjoy cosy sundowners even in the winter months. The lawned area with shrub borders is designed so you can benefit from the beautiful sea and downland views, yet still have complete privacy.
On the lower level, there are steps down to a bespoke fenced off play house with an internal mezzanine loft and interior light. The path, complete with garden lighting, continues down to the second double garage and large parking area, with yet more planting and landscaping. The spacious double garage has a Hormann electric 'up and over' door, that is accessed via a separate gated entrance from Ainsworth Avenue.
To the westernmost point, there is another set of steps which lead down to a further terrace and access to the additional detached studio room above the separate Ainsworth Avenue double garage, with its own Chesney wood burner, it is a cosy hideaway that is completely private from the main house and would make an ideal teenagers or guest room, home office, music room or artist studio. The studio is currently accessed from steps at the side of the rear garden, however steps could be added to allow access from the garage below. Plumbing has been run to the studio and with the addition of the extra steps down to the Ainsworth Avenue gate, this would be ideal for a separate self-contained annex or equally ideal for an investment opportunity. The upper floors of the main house have six bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and and three separate bathrooms.
All spacious doubles and all offering dramatic sea views beyond Ovingdean valley with wonderful southerly light. This warm and welcoming home is full of charm and character, with the current over preserving many original features and sensitively complimenting these with new ones. Therefore, the modern and stylish interior has been improved and the house extended during its lifetime but the history is still very much felt within.
Nestled between Kemp Town and Rottingdean just east of Brighton, Ovingdean offers peace and tranquility, even its own stepped access to the beach with little café as well as village shop, whilst still providing easy access into the city, with a reliable regular bus service. It is an area popular with families and couples and has some fantastic walks right out of every front door! It is extremely well regarded near private schools of Roedean School and Brighton College that are popular with the residents and the seafront is only a few moments walk away from Rottingdean Village, offering a selection of artisan shops and eateries as well as the convenience of Brighton Marina close by its easy to see why this is such a popular area.Reference: 229607