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Saltcote Lane, Playden, Rye, East Sussex, TN31








11,464 sq ft

1,065 sq m

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Key features

  • Impressive Grade II listed country house
  • Views to the English Channel and Romney Marsh
  • Immaculately presented
  • Superb internal specification
  • Adaptable accommodation
  • Landscaped gardens and grounds
  • Under 800 m to historic cinque port of Rye
  • About acres 4.09 acres
  • EPC Rating = D


Stunning Grade II listed Edwardian mansion with far reaching coastal views.


Set high above the historic and Ancient Town of Rye and standing at the end of a private tree-lined avenue, Saltcote Place is an handsome country house with outstanding views across the town and countryside below to the English Channel.

Designed by the eminent and renowned architect Sir Reginald Blomfield in the Neo-Caroline style as a wedding gift for the Hennessey family in 1903, Saltcote Place has been the subject of extensive refurbishment, costing in the region of £1.6 million, by the current owners in 2017.

With the benefits of re-wiring, roofing and plumbing, together with the installation of new heating, bathrooms and kitchens this stunning Grade II listed home now combines the beauty of the classical architecture for which Blomfield was so admired with the benefits of contemporary styling and living.

The adaptable and spacious accommodation is set over three floors, to the ground floor are the light and airy reception rooms with far reaching views across manicured garden, Romney marsh and sea view.

Three primary reception rooms have garden access via large glazed doors to the loggia with Portland stone Doric columns and chequered Pamments underfoot. The stunning main kitchen with a well-equipped support kitchen and an abundance of useful utility and store rooms and an excellent laundry. Store rooms could be staff accommodation.

Access to the lower ground floor is via the corridor leading off the main reception hall where a sauna has been installed with ample storage rooms.

From the large galleried landing on the first floor, access is gained to four spacious bedrooms (with three luxury bathrooms) one of which is used currently used as a reception room. Two of the bedrooms have their own access to the breakfast terrace enjoying and benefiting from the south facing views to the coast. A further four bedrooms of which three are en suite and equally well presented.

The second floor comprises the Hennessy Suite, accessed by its own private internal staircase, with three bedrooms enjoying far reaching views, a large shower room, a good sized bathroom with Jerusalem stone and underfloor heating. A granite kitchen and spacious reception / dining room and vestibule / dressing room.

Anyone wanting a craft or painting studio will enjoy the tower room. Currently used as an office with full broadband. This delightful room enjoys 270 degree views over the surrounding town, sea and countryside extending to the white cliffs of Dover at 27 miles.

Approaching along the private lime tree lined avenue the large automated iron gates lead into a good-sized turning circle to the front of Saltcote Place where the portico is adorned with the Royal Cypher of the late Queen Mother.

A secondary drive with matching automated iron gates gives access to Point Hill allowing a walk into Rye High street of around 750m.

Within the grounds themselves are various specimen trees and, with a path leading from the loggia with steps down, a parterre.


Saltcote Place is situated in the sought after Domesday village of Playden. The house is on the boundary of Playden and Rye.

Playden derives its name from the Saxon word of Plaidena which means ‘deer pasture’ and to this day still retains its original charm. Nearby Rye is a picturesque town which retains many of its historic buildings and offers a wide range of individual shops and restaurants combined with modern shopping and leisure facilities including golf, tennis and sailing clubs.

Within a 15 mile radius of Saltcote Place, there is a good selection of excellent schools for children of all ages. There is also some exceptional countryside nearby at Romney Marsh and fine beaches at Camber visible from the house.

For the commuter there are good links to the A21, M20, M25 and the national motorway network. There are regular services from Rye with connections to the high-speed train service at Ashford International to Central London, Kent coast and The Continent (Paris, Brussels and Nice).

Square Footage: 11,464 sq ft

Acreage: 4.09 Acres

Additional Info

There is a passenger lift serving three floors of the property.


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Saltcote Lane, Playden, Rye, East Sussex, TN31


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  • Rye Station0.6 miles
  • Winchelsea Station2.4 miles
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