6 bedroom detached house for saleSt Helen's Park Road, Hastings, East Sussex
- Substantial 1930s detached house
- Great charm and character
- Long-time home of author Catherine Cookson
- High ceilings, handsome fireplaces
- Prestigious location, quiet but convenient
- Four reception rooms
- Six bedrooms
- Four bathrooms (two ensuite)
- Attractive, spacious gardens
- Double garage
Full descriptionLoreto is a fine, substantial 1930s detached family house with a wealth of attractive features and generous accommodation over three floors. Home for 22 years to bestselling author Catherine Cookson, this impressive home sits in beautifully landscaped gardens to the front and rear which extend to almost three-quarters of an acre. Its location is the most prestigious in Hastings, next to picturesque St Helen's Woods and yet just a short walk from the town centre with its shopping, sporting and recreational facilities, mainline railway station, and quaint Old Town.
Sympathetically restored by the current owner, Loreto is a house of great charm and character, with spacious rooms, high ceilings, handsome fireplaces, pitched pine floors, a grand oak staircase, ornate cornicing and coved ceilings. Many windows give the house a bright and airy feel and allow full appreciation of its lovely setting.
Loreto was originally built in 1938 for Miss Harrison, the daughter of, a local millionaire. Because she had a live-in nurse, the house is unusual for its period in having a secondary staircase and top-floor servant's quarters. Catherine Cookson owned and lived in the house from 1954 to 1976, writing many of her most popular novels here and establishing herself as the UK's most widely read author. Dame Cookson's niece subsequently lived in the house for the next 24 years.
On the ground floor a large reception hall opens on to a sitting room, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, and inner hallway with access to a larder and the secondary staircase. Beyond the kitchen are also a utility room and boiler room.
Ascending the impressive oak staircase to the first floor, a generously proportioned landing leads to four bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, plus a family bathroom. A further shower room on this floor is located beside the inner landing, which leads via the secondary staircase to the third floor. On this uppermost level can be found two more charming bedrooms and a large walk-in loft.
Loreto has gas central heating with radiators in all rooms and hallways; a double garage; off-road parking for several vehicles; spacious outdoors terraces overlooking the rear garden; and a big front garden which affords a great degree of privacy from the attractive, tree-lined road.
Covered Porch - Exterior light, part-glazed wooden front door to:
Lobby - Enclosed, windows to front aspect, burglar alarm control panel, tiled floor, cornice ceiling, part-glazed door to entrance hall, door to:
Downstairs Wc - Double-glazed window to front aspect, part-tiled wall, wash hand basin, low level WC, tiled floor
Entrance Hall - Superb size with feature wooden staircase rising to upper floor accommodation with cupboard under stairs, radiators with feature covers, wooden flooring, cornice ceiling, central heating thermostat, wall light points, double-glazed door opening to rear garden, door to inner hall, sitting room, dining room and drawing room, door to:
Walk In Larder/Cupboard - Double-glazed window to side aspect.
Sitting Room - 20' max x 16'5 max (6.10m max x 5.00m max) - Double-glazed windows to rear and side aspects, two radiators, wall light point, cornice ceiling, ceiling rose, feature fire surround with open fire and tiled hearth, wooden flooring, return door to hallway.
Dining Room - 16' x 13' max (4.88m x 3.96m max) - Double-glazed windows to front and side aspects, cornice ceiling, ceiling rose, radiator, feature fire surround, wooden flooring, return door to hallway.
Drawing Room - 17'5 x 14'3 (5.31m x 4.34m) - Double-glazed windows to rear and side aspects, triple aspect room, cornice ceiling, ceiling roses, feature fire surround, radiators, wooden flooring, return door to hallway.
Inner Hallway - Wooden flooring, radiator with feature cover, cornice ceiling and secondary staircase rising to upper floor accommodation.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 24'10 max x 11'11 max (7.57m max x 3.63m max) - Double-glazed windows to front and rear aspects, twin inset Belfast sink with mixer taps over set into island unit with granite work surface, cupboards and drawers set beneath, integrated dishwasher, range of fitted base units comprising cupboards and drawers set beneath granite work surfaces with matching up stand, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated cooker hood over range cooker with five burner gas top and double oven and grill beneath, cornice ceiling, inset ceiling spot lighting, radiator, return door to hallway, walk in boiler/storage cupboard with double glazed window to side aspect, gas boiler supplying heating to ground floor and hot water, two twin hot water cylinders also, door to:
Utility Room - 9' x 4'8 (2.74m x 1.42m) - Double-glazed window to side aspect, stainless steel inset sink, base unit set beneath granite work surface with matching up stand, plumbing for washing machine, part glazed door opening to front, door to:
Boiler Room - Wall-mounted gas boiler supplying heating to first and second floor accommodation.
Galleried First Floor Landing - Double-glazed window to rear aspect, wooden flooring, cornice ceiling, wall light points, doors to bathroom and bedrooms, door to:
Inner Landing - Staircase to upper and lower floor accommodation, radiator with feature cover, door to:
Shower Room - Double-glazed window to side aspect, tiled wall, tiled shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, radiator, inset ceiling spot lighting.
Bathroom - Double-glazed windows to front aspect, tiled wall, white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer spray attachment, fitted shower screen, twin wash hand basin with mixer taps set into tiled surround with cupboards set beneath, low level WC, inset ceiling spot lighting, shaver point, heated towel rail/radiator.
Bedroom One - 20' max x 15'11 max (6.10m max x 4.85m max) - Double-glazed windows to rear and side aspects, built in wardrobe with sliding door, cornice ceiling, wooden flooring, two radiators, door to:
En-Suite Shower Room - Double-glazed window to side aspect, tiled walls, tiled shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, heated towel rail/radiator, shaver point, inset ceiling spot lighting.
Bedroom Two - 29'8 max narrowing to 19'8 x 13'2 max (9.04m max n - Double-glazed windows to rear, front and side aspects, triple aspect room, cornice ceiling, two radiators, built in wardrobes with sliding doors, door to:
En-Suite Bathroom - Double-glazed window to front aspect, tiled walls, white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer spray attachment, fitted shower screen, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, radiator, shaver point, inset ceiling spot lighting.
Bedroom Three - 16' max x 13' max (4.88m max x 3.96m max) - Double-glazed windows to front and side aspects, built in wardrobe with sliding door, cornice ceiling, feature fire surround, radiator, wooden flooring.
Bedroom Four - 14' max x 13' max (4.27m max x 3.96m max) - Double-glazed windows to rear and side aspects, built in wardrobe with sliding doors, cornice ceiling, wooden flooring, radiator.
Second Floor Landing - Port hole feature window to side aspect, wooden flooring, radiator with feature cover, doors providing access to loft areas.
Bedroom Five - 13'9 max x 12'3 max plus recess (4.19m max x 3.73m - Double-glazed recessed window, radiator with feature cover, wooden flooring, built in cupboard.
Bedroom Six - 15'10 max x 9'7 max (4.83m max x 2.92m max) - Double-glazed window to front aspect, wooden flooring, radiator with feature cover.
Front Garden - Fence to front with wrought iron gate leading to beautifully landscaped garden laid to lawn with established flowerbeds, mature trees and shrubs, pathway leading to seating area at top and large pathway leading down to the front of the property with gravel stone, pond, block paved driveway providing off road parking for multiple vehicles and leading to:
Double Garage - Detached with electric up and over door and light and power.
Rear Garden - Raised patio with steps down to further patio area with steps down to gardens laid principally to lawns with mature trees and shrubs, flowerbeds, exterior lighting, under-house storage and side access. Gardens are a particular feature of the property and must be viewed to be truly appreciated.
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