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5 bedroom property for sale

Courtenay Tye, HOVE, BN3

Sold STC £3,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • BN3
  • hollywood glamour
  • 4746 sq.ft
  • Hove
  • victorian seafront terrace
  • hard standing for several cars

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

hollywood glamour |


Within one of the most exclusive terraces in Hove, now Grade II listed, this exceptional five bedroom mansion has fabulous, uninterrupted sea views and a large, south facing garden leading to The Esplanade. Once the home of film star Elizabeth Allen, this private home blends stunning period features with contemporary luxury including off street parking, and is a very rare find indeed.


In brief:


Style: Grade II listed mansion within a Victorian seafront terrace


Bedrooms: 5: 4 double, 1 master suite


Living rooms: 2 spacious


Area: 4746 sq. ft. 440.9 sq.m.


Outside: Large south facing garden


Parking: Hard standing for several cars


The story of the house:


It is no surprise that this unique building, probably constructed in the 1840’s and definitely designed to impress, is now listed. Lived in by Hollywood star Elizabeth Allen, this beautiful house hosted parties for the Hollywood elite, and before that, the house was lived in by naval surgeon turned director of cinematography in World War I, Dr Edmund Distin Maddick, whose visitors would no doubt have included his good friends Edward VII, George V, and Edward VIII. In a terrace probably named after the Earls of Devon, the house was updated, possibly by Dr Maddick who also perhaps named the house, as “Tye” is a naval tem for the chain or rope passed through a mast to hoist or lower the yard.Originally designed with gardens leading to a private stretch of beach, the land was subject to a compulsory purchase order in 1908 when the attractive wall and gate at the end of the still considerable garden were built ensuring privacy, and this house remains one of only a few in the whole city to have a large private south facing garden opening onto the pedestrian Esplanade.


The Drawing Room


A hallway with impressive dimensions leads you forward into the spectacular drawing room, spanning almost the entire ground floor of this substantial house, and which is full of light. Astounding views of the English Channel simply pour in through the three graceful pairs of French doors which follow the curve of the building and which open onto a broad, canopied balcony from which to admire the unusually long garden at any time of year. Inside, a beautiful blonde parquet floor is underfoot whilst high above your head is striking Art Deco plaster work, which together with the Victorian window shutters remind you that this is a home which is still evolving. An intricately carved fireplace to the left is open and behind you a graceful arch is open to a grand living room, also with a handsome fireplace and tall window, where the original floral frieze wends its way around the room.


The Dining Room and Kitchen


Brimming with character, the dining room could comfortably seat 20 people. The golden fronted fireplace gleams in anticipation of supper parties and polished floorboards reflect the softened sunlight coming through the room. Windows bring in fabulous views of the landscaped garden, the central doors bringing the outside in and allowing free flow of movement for family and guests. Leaded doors to the left open into a private study whilst at the other end of the room the discreet door to the kitchen leads past what would have been the food lift into a family friendly kitchen, country in style, with sturdy wooden units topped by practical work surfaces. The racing green AGA is where the original range would have once stood, backed up in summer by the sociably placed Neff gas hob and electric oven. The dishwasher is integrated close to the butler’s sink, and opposite the large window overlooking the steps up to the street, ideal for watching for supermarket deliveries, is plumbing for an American style fridge/freezer. As you would expect of a house of this quality, a passageway leads past a guest cloakroom to a utility area, the door to the front stairs, and a gated wine cellar.


The First Floor Up


past a spacious bathroom with a traditional white suite in keeping with the age of the house, the first double bedroom shimmers in gold. You could move straight into this room of restful proportions and which has double fitted wardrobes on each side of a Deco fireplace. Next door, spreading across the width of the building, the curving double bedroom is dominated by the tides of the English Channel, and there is ample room by the triple windows for a breakfast table from which to watch the waves and enjoy the warmth of the fire whilst you choose which clothes to pick out from the wall of built in storage.


The Second Floor


The bathroom on this half landing has a gentle, Mediterranean feel with its mix of tile and stone and is shared by the two generous bedrooms on this floor which mirror the floor beneath. Both with gloriously lofty ceilings and wardrobes already in place, all that you can see as you walk into the larger room at the back is the sea. Heaven.


The Master Suite


Expect the unexpected in this fabulous mansion built to enjoy life! Secreted at the top of a private staircase, you emerge not in servants quarters but into a stunning, contemporary bedroom with a high ceiling, currently used as a media/party room, where the south wall folds open onto a semi-circular veranda with simply stunning views over the open water and plenty of room for a table – or sun loungers. The luxurious en suite is lined with stone and there is both a fabulous double ended bath and a walk in shower as well as a steam room/ sauna.


The Garden


Flint walled, the sun trap of a garden is subtly zoned with a paved sun terrace by the dining room which has a continental style bbq oven built in. A path leads between lawns and established beds to a romantic seating area shaded by scented plants, and on to a raised terrace where there is a secure work shop and bike store with beautifully made hand cupboards already there for you. At the bottom of the garden is the private gate to the pedestrian esplanade and beach.


Bear in mind:


This unique seafront mansion does not come onto the market very often.


Owners secret:


“There is something special about stepping through the garden gate after a hot day on the beach”


Where it is:


Shops: Local patisserie, grocers etc 2 minutes, Church Road 5 minute walk


Train Station: Hove Station 5 minute drive, about 15 minute walk


Seafront or park: Seafront is at the bottom of the garden, Hove Lawns 2 minutes


Closest Schools:Primary: St Andrew’s C of ESecondary: Cardinal NewmanPrivate: St Christopher’s, Brighton and Hove High School for Girls, Brighton College


Close to the seafront in Hove this unique mansion in a great location. The beach is at the end of the garden and local shops including a specialist baker, deli and cafes are a short stroll. The fashionable shopping area of Church Road, with its innumerable bars and restaurants is within walking distance as is Hove Station with its excellent links to Gatwick and London.




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10 May 2016

Nearest stations

  • Hove (0.7 mi)
  • Aldrington (0.9 mi)
  • Brighton (1.5 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Hove (0.7 mi)
  • Aldrington (0.9 mi)
  • Brighton (1.5 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Brand Vaughan, Hove - Sales

117-118 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DB

01273 839334 Local call rate

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