- Beautiful Georgian Features
- Ensuite Shower
- Exception Kitchen/Dining Room
- Georgian Town House
- Grade II Listed
- Historic Old Town Location
- Off-street parking
- Sash Windows
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An exceptional detached Grade II listed Georgian house in the highly sought after Old Town of Hastings. Halloway House was built in 1808 for linen draper, James Halloway. Retaining many fine period features the property has been sympathetically refurbished throughout blending beautiful contemporary finishes with original period features throughout. This beautiful four bedroom home will appeal to purchasers looking for a truly unique and stylish home.
Homes of this stature are rare to the open market and the property benefits from over 2,000 sqft of versatile living space over four floors with grand principal rooms. Exquisite detailing to finishes throughout, mixing vintage fittings with period detailing.
Features of note are the beautiful custom-built kitchen dining room with access onto a beautiful south facing garden, perfect for those long summer days. Grand reception/living rooms with open fires/inglenooks and period detailing are sumptuous and the ideal settings to warm by the firesides.
Set back from the main carriageway and accessed down a private road the property is entranced through a grand entrance hallway with mahogany turning staircase to upper and lower floors. Ground floor cloaks area with w.c. Fabulous 18ft inter connecting dual aspect reception room with open feature period fireplace, west facing bay window with views over gardens, south facing window overlooking private gardens and door through to second reception/snug/TV room with window overlooking private gardens.
Stairs down to fabulous custom-built kitchen/dining room with further living area featuring impressive inglenook fireplace, perfect too warm by on a winters day. French doors to rear garden area perfect for catching the late evening sun and bringing the outside in. Contemporary kitchen/dining room with custom built kitchen units, integral appliances and work surfaces. Door to mature south facing landscaped gardens.
Turning staircase to magnificent first floor feature master bedroom suite with en suite boutique style shower room with dual sinks and w.c. Bedroom two with walk in shower and “Jack and Jill” access to en suite to master suite.
Staircase to upper floor. Bedroom three with window to front. Bedroom four with window to front and side with far reaching views. Elegant feature bathroom with claw foot roll top bath and separate walk in power shower.
The exterior of the property is well landscaped and features south facing garden with wood store/storage building. Garage (on separate long lease) and private patio garden to rear of the house. The gardens are stocked with a variety of mature planting and shrubbery and have far reaching views over Old Town Roof tops. To the side of the house there is hard standing for two vehicle parking.
The history of the house has had connections with a number of important literary figures. The Victorian author, poet and cleric George MacDonald lived in the house for 10 years from May 1871 and was at his most prolific as a writer while occupying the house. He wrote one of his best-known works, the fantasy novel ‘At the Back of the North Wind’ whilst living at the property. MacDonald was also a good friend and mentor to Rev Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) and it was thanks to MacDonald that ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was published. MacDonald had his wife read the story to his own 11 children to gauge their reactions and their positive response acted as great encouragement for Carroll.
As well as Lewis Carroll, Lady Byron acted as patron to MacDonald and the renowned art critic and social commentator, John Ruskin was a good friend. It is very likely MacDonald was visited by these literary greats whilst he resided at Halloway House.
Today the house bears a plaque to George MacDonald - not a blue one issued by English Heritage but a much rarer one that was unveiled in 1914 by local councillor, Coulson Kernahan in appreciation of the great George MacDonald and to celebrate the history of Halloway House.
Located in one of Hastings most desirable and sought after residential enclaves the property is conveniently placed for the beach and promenade which are within walking distance as is historic Hastings Old Town. Artist open houses run throughout Hastings in the spring months along with summer fairs and street parties. Looking for an evening out? great local pubs and restaurants serving good food (try The Crown, Custom House, Dragon bar and Fig Tree). Excellent local shops including Penbuckles and Judges serving the best coffee and scrumptious things. Good local Catholic primary school The Sacred Heart is moments away from the house. Hastings station is close with a direct links to Charing Cross, Kings Cross International (1h:30) and Brighton accessible within 50 minutes, perfect for commuters.
Hastings has the largest fishing fleet in Europe that is launched from a beach, which is known as the Stade. The Castle built by William the Conqueror but now in ruins is at the top of West Hill and offers wonderful views of the area and Channel. The steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up to the Castle.
Opened in March 2012, the award-winning Jerwood Gallery sits next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. Open Tuesday to Sunday, the gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and a varied temporary exhibition programme showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art.
There are many other attractions in Hastings and St Leonards On Sea, both architectural and cultural. The fantastic Hastings pier (recently awarded pier of the year) hosts numerous live gigs and shows and is a wonderful place to visit. The town hosts several events throughout the year, which include the Hastings Half Marathon, the Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings Beer Festival, Coastal Currents and the Old Town Carnival