This seafront mansion has five bedrooms, a spa with a sunken hot tub and sauna, and magnificent views of the Sea and the Pier. Designed and built in the glamorous thirties, the current owners have sensitively restored this house to its former glory, creating a sophisticated home and garden ideal for entertaining.
Built in 1933 on the site of two Regency houses, Oliver Dalton, mayor and owner of Palace Pier, commissioned an extraordinary house, taking the strengths of the Regency style, in the high ceilings, graceful windows and sea facing verandas, and adding modern touches in the layout, scale and decoration.
Unique iron work graces this magnificent house, with the sea viewing ground and first floor balconies having intricate Greek motifs, and the gates securing the grand, stone entrance on a quiet one way street are reminiscent of Classical shields. The imposing front door, with a central bronze lion head knocker, and art nouveaux stained glass window above, it is reached via hand laid terrazzo stairs and access is gained through a secure entry system.
A wide and bright hallway welcomes you in, with beautiful light oak panelling and graceful central staircase. To your right is a breath taking reception, where the south wall is almost all glass, with an enormous bay window and French doors leading on to the first of the wide balconies, bringing in panoramic views of the coast and having ledges deep enough upon which to sit and admire them.
There is another generously proportioned sash window on your right, so you can imagine just how bright this glamorous room is, with more views over the listed building on the opposite corner, to the sea and the Pier.
This room is decorated in neutral tones, to make the most of the colours sweeping through the room at sunset, and there is a majestic stone fireplace, reaching from floor to ceiling which has a gas fire within it for winter evenings.
The decorative ceiling is high above your head, and the servants' bell remains in the panelling of the dining room which is tucked away on your left, yet open to the reception so that you can still see the sea, and with a separate entrance to the hallway as well as a discreet hatchway to the kitchen for easy entertaining.
Crossing the hallway, on the western side of the house is the informal breakfast room, with a large sash window, which, like all of the windows in this house have been replaced with wooden double glazed units in the original style, and there is an attractive period fireplace ahead, again with a gas fire inset, and double glass doors to your right lead straight into the 21st Century with a sophisticated contemporary hand built kitchen beneath a pyramid sky light (electric opening) with biscuit coloured, glistening granite work surfaces and a central island with a thoughtful tummy indent.
Ahead is a sleek brittania gas range beneath an extractor nicely placed between a sleek steel fridge and freezer on the right – with a drinks fridge section – and the franke sink and integrated Neff dishwasher to the left.
The lower floor has the most delicious master suite with a travertine marble lined spa, with a sunken hot tub, electric sauna and wet room shower, with stylish Villeroy and Boch fittings.
Between the hot tub and shower room is a glass fish tank and above your head an LED Lutron lighting system plays different coloured stars.
The magnificent master bedroom has solid oak exposed beams and plaster emblems, with two large built in wardrobes and a gracious bay window overlooking the stone stairs and surrounding flower beds leading to the delightful enclosed garden. To your right is a spacious porch and door leading to the garden, and patio with built-in barbecue. A private gate allows direct access to Marine Parade.
The first floor is a second reception room and cinema snug with an original art nouveaux fireplace, with access both to the seafront balcony and to a peaceful roof terrace at the back of the house, via an oak lined timber TV snug. The south wall having a gracious bay window, stretching from floor to ceiling and with French doors opening onto the wrought iron balcony. The large sash window to your right adds to the refined feel of the room and the views, of course, are outstanding.
Across the hall, past a w.c to the left and large storage cupboard to the right, is a tranquil double bedroom, which has a fitted wardrobe and large west facing sash window.
The top floor has three double bedrooms, it is an extraordinary experience to walk into the front two, as it seems as if on an Ocean liner: You can't see the Promenade or beach at all until you are almost at the windows themselves.
Last, but by no means least, the fifth bedroom is in the west side of the house with a wardrobe and stylish William Morris wallpaper. Between these large bedrooms is a luxurious wet room, lined in Porcelonosa tiling and with stylish Villeroy and Boch fittings. The large, walk through shower has a dual head system with massage control, and heated towel rails on either side complete the elegant feel.
This seafront home of historic interest and should you require yet more space has an enormous attic with a sky light already in place, beautifully constructed and as large as the floor below with several meters head height, so could be easily made into additional accommodation or a studio.
"We have loved restoring this unique home, and hope that we have successfully acknowledged the creativity of the original owner whilst embracing, as he did, modern living. The location is really special, and it is always a pleasure to entertain our family and friends in our home for the past seventeen years!"
Where it is:
Shops: St James's Street 2 minutes, Central Brighton 6 minutes by bus
Train Station: Brighton mainline 8 minutes by bus
Seafront or park: Both! Seafront is opposite, Queen's park about a 5 minute walk
Primary: Queen's Park Primary
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College
This elegant home is right on the seafront, but set back from the road. Just minutes from the fashionable St James's Street with its innumerable shops, cafes and bars, The Theatres and Lanes are also just a short walk. The lush green spaces of Queens Park are within easy reach and there are regular buses to the mainline station with its excellent links to Gatwick and London.