Rock House, Exmouth Place Old Town Hastings


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  • Bedrooms: 5

A phenomenal double fronted, Grade II listed detached, Georgian house Circa 1835. Occupying a fabulous southerly and easterly elevated position with direct sea views, which afford exceptional outlooks over the English Channel. With a stuccoed east front, red brick design with blue sliding louvred shutters this beautiful home is steeped in history. To the west elevation a granite plaque commemorates Elizabeth Blackwell who was the first woman in the world to qualify as a doctor. Elizabeth wrote many works of importance including the 1895 publication "Pioneer Work for Women". In 1880 she retired to Hastings and lived at Rock House in Exmouth Place for 30 years continuing to write and receive guests here.

This magnificent family home is substantial in size and unique in all aspects. Situated at the foot of West Hill the house is designed in the most superior style with architectural and historical importance with period detailing and grand principal rooms.

Rock House occupies a prime detached position flooding this grand property with light throughout. The property offers almost 2,000 sq ft of classically elegant living space incorporating five bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen, large dining room, utility room, family bathroom, large shower/wet room with underfloor heating, a further cloaks/w.c area and two walk in cold stores. There is a sun terrace with superb sea views towards East Hill, mature gardens and off street parking.

This is only the second time the house has been sold in over a 100 years and has been subject to a sensitive restoration including new central heating, electrical wiring, plumbing, all sash windows professionally renovated, all fire places fully restored and working. The d?cor has been left deliberately sparse in order to allow the original features to shine.

Entered on the ground floor via the brick-built balcony with exceptional views towards the sea over the surrounding gardens and Hastings Old Town. Grand entrance hall with rare centrally located period mahogany turning staircase to all floors, to the right as you enter the ground floor is bedroom five/study room with period open fire place. To the left, with dual aspect window views towards East Hill and panoramic sea views, is a large reception room with a floor to ceiling bay window framing the exceptional views, stripped original wide floorboards and period open marble fireplace. Sizable double bedroom with original period fireplace, built in bespoke storage units and large picture window with far reaching sea views. To the left at the rear on this floor is a spacious double bedroom with original built in Georgian cupboards, an original working fireplace and sea views this was once Elizabeth Blackwell's study. This floor also houses a spacious newly fitted shower/wet room with underfloor heating, period sink and high level wc with views towards the sea. There is a further cloak/w.c on the half landing.

Original stone steps lead to a very large dining room and sitting room with French windows leading directly to the garden and a large picture window with views out to sea. There is a large, working, Georgian fireplace and the room features original panelling and paint which has been deliberately left to give the room a truly period feel. The kitchen leads off this room, with exposed brick walls and original features and a walk in larder with stone shelves.

The rest of this level comprises a large walk in cold store with original stone shelves, a further walk in store, tilled hallway with door to exterior.

The top/first floor comprises three large bedrooms and a spacious fitted family period style bathroom with walk in shower and aalrge picture window offering sea views. The master bedroom enjoys dual aspects with a bay window with views out to sea and to the sash side overlooking the historic Hastings Old town and up to East Hill. The other two bedrooms have their equal share of the views too, both with stripped floorboards, period fire places and plenty of storage.

This expansive home is perfect for entertaining and relaxing in a quiet no end road that has the benefit of being in a central old town location. The house also benefits from off street parking, mature surrounding gardens basking in the sun throughout the day and a glorious sun terrace with breath taking views, perfect for al fresco dining or evening drinks.

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