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WATERSIDE - A substantial Grade 11 listed Edwardian mansion designed by the eminent British architect, Sir Reginald Blomfield, in 1905 for the Hennessey family. The property is in the Queen Anne style and provides extensive and versatile accommodation of elegant proportions. The present owners have carried out extensive refurbishment works including the installation of a magnificent kitchen/breakfast room.
The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors and accessed by 3 internal staircases or by a lift providing flexibility in layout and use. Throughout there are many interesting architectural features reflecting the property's history. In brief, on the ground floor there is a suite of 4 principal reception rooms, ideal for formal entertaining and opening from the impressive galleried reception hall. The superbly appointed kitchen/breakfast room is an outstanding feature, beyond which there are extensive domestic facilities and access to the first floor creating separate staff accommodation if required.
On the first floor there are in total 10 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms providing both principal and secondary/staff accommodation. 2 of the principal bedrooms open onto the south facing balcony, commanding magnificent coastal views.
The second floor is arranged as a spacious and luxuriously appointed self contained apartment, known as The Hennessey Suite and comprising 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large reception room and kitchen.
The highest room in the house, currently used as a study, is located in the tower with spectacular commanding views.
The property provides outstanding facilities as a substantial private residence for a family or extended family with or without domestic staff. Alternatively, the property offers great potential to operate as a boutique hotel or as a wedding venue.
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The property is situated in a private elevated position on the edge of the village of Playden and within a mile of the ancient town of Rye. The picturesque town of Rye, with its many period houses and buildings and cobbled streets, together with the surrounding countryside, provides excellent shopping, sporting and recreational facilities. From Rye station there is fast rail access to London via Ashford Internation station (St Pancras 67 minutes) which also connects with Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels. Royal Tunbridge Wells is about 28 miles and London about 65 miles.
The property is approached over a long tree lined drive, which has recently been resurfaced, bordered by lawns and then through imposing entrance gates which open onto the drive, turning circle and parking area with domestic staff access to the rear. The formal gardens surround the house and are laid to lawns, walkways, mature yew hedging and many fine specimen trees and shrubs, creating a beautiful secluded setting with extensive sea views across the Romney marshes. In all the gardens and grounds extend to about 4 acres.
Galleried reception hall
4 principal reception rooms
superb kitchen/breakfast room
luxurious 3 bed/2bath apartment
long drive approach
in all about 4 acres
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