2 bedroom town house for saleNorth Street, Winchelsea, East Sussex TN36 4HN
LOCATION Located in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Winchelsea, which is one of the few examples of a bastide town in England based on the grid-iron street plan with wide, regular streets arranged around a giant square and the incomplete cathedral type church of St. Thomas the Martyr with its semi -ruined transept arches. Generally accepted as one of the finest examples of the decorated period in the country the church contains fine carvings, delicate tracery, lofty arches with piers and fluted shafts of Caen stone. Local facilities include a public house and The Winchelsea Farm Kitchen comprising a butcher, a delicatessen, grocery store, post office and tea/coffee shop. For more extensive shopping facilities there is the sister Ancient town of Rye within 3 miles from where there are local train services to Brighton and to Ashford with high speed connections to London St. Pancras (37 minutes) and to the Continent.
DESCRIPTION A Grade II* listed mid18th century period cottage, designated as being ''a particularly important building of more than special interest'', forming one of an L shaped block of five houses built on a series of late 13th century vaulted cellars. The property presents mixed external elevations of stone with mellow red brick window dressings and quoins to the lower section with scalloped tile hanging above all beneath a pitched peg tiled roof incorporating hipped dormer windows. The Five Houses were built in the 1760s to house the workers employed by the English Linen Company for the manufacture of cambrics and lawns. No. 2 is well presented and internal features include exposed timber framing, old pine doors, open fireplaces and wooden panelling. In common with many properties in Wincheslea and Rye, the property has flying freeholds, whereby small parts of the property pass either above or beneath sections of adjoining properties. From the terraced front garden there are far reaching views across the Brede Valley. The living accommodation is arranged over three floors, as shown on the floor plan.
GROUND FLOOR A flight of brick and stone steps lead up a to chamfered edged raised panel front door with flat hood above, opening into the sitting room with views to the front across the Brede Valley, white washed ceiling beams, a dado rail and a corner fireplace with an old pine panelled surround, bracketed overmantle, a fitted wood burning stove and built in storage cupboards to one side.
The kitchen, which has a tiled floor and a beamed ceiling, overlooks the rear garden and is fitted with an extensive range of Shaker style units to 3 walls incorporating cupboards and drawers beneath wood block work surfaces with a stainless steel single bowl single drainer sink unit, an inset four burner gas hob with a built in oven beneath, integrated dishwasher and fridge, built in washing machine and a built in storage cupboard with space for a fridge. A stable door leads to the rear terrace.
The inner hall has a coat hanging rail and a trap door with a ladder staircase to a cellar of restricted head height with a brick floor.
The shower/cloakroom has a tiled floor and modern fitments comprising a pedestal wash hand basin, close coupled WC and shower cubicle.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, the landing has a built in linen cupboard and doors leading off to the drawing room and bedroom 2.
The drawing room overlooks the front of the property and has far reaching rural views to Rye, an exposed beamed ceiling and a corner brick fireplace.
Bedroom 2 has a dormer window to rear, a skylight window and exposed timber framing.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, the main bedroom has a dormer window to the front providing distant rural views, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and built in wardrobe cupboards.
OUTSIDE Outside: To the rear of the property is an enclosed area 29' x 9' with a paved terrace, raised flower bed and a stone path leading to a side access gate. This area is subject to various rights of way for repair. Details upon request. The single garage is located a very short distance from the property in School Hill.
The front garden 45' x 40' is located directly opposite the house on the far side of North Street and is terraced, set down to lawn with a paved terrace and enclosed by a copper beech hedge. From the garden there are widespread rural views across the Brede Valley to the silhouette of the Ancient Town of Rye in the far distance.
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