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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9


Property Description

Key features

  • BN9
  • 5 bedroom Victorian semi-detached house
  • 2518 sq.ft.
  • West Newhaven
  • East, South & West facing gardens
  • Garage & off street parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A gateway to Europe since 1851, the bustling port of Newhaven also joins the seaside to the South Downs - and both beach and nature reserve are at the end of the quiet street where this five-bedroom Victorian gem also has views over Newhaven Marina to the open sea. Once home to Charles Deville Wells known as 'the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo', the spacious garden wraps from east through south to west, and inside has been beautifully reinvented with harmoniously proportioned rooms and conservatory for entertaining, whilst light and airy double bedrooms include spacious master and guest suites. In a popular school catchment area with both primary and secondary schools within a 3 mile radius, the station, coast road and A27/A23 are easy to reach making Brighton, Lewes and Gatwick a reasonable commute, and parking isn't an issue as there's a garage and driveway.

Exclusively located close to Castle Hill Nature Reserve, historic Newhaven Fort and Newhaven’s West Beach, this substantial house is designed to embrace the nautical views which can be enjoyed from all the main rooms. A Feng Shui influence has created a restful home filled with light, and whilst original features have been re-used, the layout has been altered to create a social flow more suitable for a 21st century lifestyle.

The entrance

There’s a sense of fun in the practical flooring by the front door and the family friendly ethos is also evidenced in the deep L shaped cupboard for coats and bags, once part of a corridor, and in the cheerful cloakroom.

The formal drawing room, dining room, study and conservatory

Beautifully proportioned, the formal reception has a dark, glossy floor and windows to the south and east stretching to the full height of the ceiling with views over the beautiful garden to the Marina. Light and inviting there’s plenty of space in which to unwind or to enjoy with friends and a home for all seasons, the chimney breast now houses an iron wood burning stove.

Perfect for parties, the elegant dining room would seat 12 in style and it has plenty of character. A secret panel opens to a hidden study area whilst at the other end of the room, a broad archway leads to French doors to the conservatory where you can enjoy the sea, the garden and the stars whatever the weather. Opening to a paved terrace and steps to a glorious garden al fresco entertaining is easy, and the cook can be sociable too as the kitchen is also linked to the terrace by broad doors.

The family kitchen diner, utility and garden

Specifically designed for an easy flow, the kitchen diner opens to the dining room as well as the garden. Lined with windows it’s bright and comfortable with well-defined areas for seating, eating and cooking. In keeping with its serene surroundings, the kitchen is thoughtfully laid out with the working area carefully tucked away from the movement in and out of the house behind a sociable central island with a marble top. A cook’s paradise, the kitchen boasts a NEFF 5 ring gas hob, twin electric ovens and extractor fan. There is also space for an L.A. style fridge-freezer and a second fridge and dishwasher are integrated ready for use. Discreetly tucked away, the utility room has plumbing for machines and yet more storage.

Outside, the garden is large and sunny with a side gate making it secure for both children and pets. A paved, lit terrace by the house is the perfect place for al fresco dining whilst enjoying the sea views. Steps lead to a second large tier scented by rosemary, lavender and roses which has an impressive brick-built BBQ. The garden room spans the full width of the plot and private from the house, is a perfect space for office, children’s playroom, sun lounge or extra storage.

Three first floor bedrooms and family bathroom

Upstairs, this home really spreads its wings with a butterfly landing where you’ll find the family bedrooms. At the front, the first of the double bedrooms has fitted wardrobe which reach the high ceilings and face east for the morning sun with great views over the boats in the harbour. Next door, generous dimensions continue in the second bedroom with dual aspect views toward Downland.

Next to the master suite, the huge third bedroom has leafy views and a set of triple wardrobes which provide all the storage you could dream of.

At the end of the hall, the family shower room impresses with natural light and marine inspired décor and the touches of luxury include a dual head shower system and heated towel rail.

The master suite

Relax, refresh and recharge in this light and airy master suite which looks over gardens and has oblique views over the west quay – so it’s both quiet and not overlooked. Exposed brick brings character to a welcoming refuge which has ample floor space, calm decoration and wall of wardrobes. What’s more, the vast en suite boasts a deep, double ended bath and large separate shower.

The guest suite

Private and peaceful at the top of the house with a vista sweeping from the National Park over gardens and Marina to the Nature Reserve, your guests will love this fuss free haven which has a dressing area with built in storage and an en suite bathroom with a Triton Enrich shower above the elliptical bath.

Agent’s thoughts

“Properties of this size and quality rarely come to market for such a reasonable price and an upcoming location such as Newhaven is a perfect place to invest.”

Owner’s secret

“We fell in love with the light spacious rooms and have enjoyed breathing new life into this lovely house where you can be in the countryside, on the beach or in a restaurant in minutes.”

Where it is

Shops: Local shops are a 2 minute walk, larger shops are 10 minute walk or 2 minute drive

Station: Newhaven Town is 3 minute drive, Seaford is 8 minutes, Lewes station is 15 minute drive, Brighton station is 30 minute drive & London Victoria 1.25 hours by train

Seafront or Park: West Beach & Nature Reserve are very close by. Local park 2 minutes walk which has skate park & bike pump track designed by the designers of the Olympic stadium

Closest schools

Primary: Harbour Primary

Secondary: Seahaven Academy

Private: Lewes Old Grammar, Brighton College, Bede’s

With a proud, nautical heritage the working port of Newhaven has provided a regular route to France since 1851 and its glamorous visitors include the exiled Queen Marie Amelie of France - and Charles Wells who rented this house. Popular with families and professionals as it has a choice of schools and plenty of local shops, cafes and restaurants to explore it's also ideal for commuters with a train station, bus routes and swift access to the A23/A27 making Brighton, Lewes and Gatwick easy to reach at about 20, 25 and 55 minutes respectively. Also of note is that the Newhaven Dieppe ferry docks directly in front of your doorstep so France is within walking distance! For those who love the great outdoors, access to the Castle Hill Nature Reserve and West beach is at the end of the street and The South Downs National Park and picturesque villages are on the doorstep. One of Newhaven's two Marinas is opposite the house with a choice of restaurants and Newhaven rowing club, perfect for boat lovers and anglers. And for gym lovers there is a gym with swimming pool conveniently located just at the end of the road.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
10 September 2019


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