Sovereign House West Hill Road
    5 bedroom character property for sale


    • Basement
    • Far Reaching Direct Sea Views
    • Five Bedrooms
    • High Ceilings
    • Original Fireplace
    • Sash Windows
    • Semi-Detached Period House
    • Sought After St Leonards Location
    • South Facing
    • Wooden Floors
    • Over 3500 sqft
    • 200ft South Facing Garden
    • four storeys
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    An exceptional grand Victorian residence offering character and elegance with substantial room proportions. Set upon a hilltop location commanding panoramic southerly views along the Sussex coastline and many miles of the English Channel. This impressive property includes extensive south facing garden with raised sun terrace providing the perfect coastal lookout.

    Forming part of the old Eversfield Hospital the house is on the estate which was originally established by Dr Thomas Gambier in 1884. Originally a private hospital attracting wealthy patients, it was taken into the National Health Service in 1948 as the Eversfield Chest Hospital.

    Now this imposing period home offers epic living space with 3.500 sqft over four floors with 13 ft high ceilings to principal rooms adding light and space on vast proportions. This substantial five bedroom home will appeal to purchasers looking for a truly unique and stylish home.

    Leading up to the property is a large driveway with space for multiple vehicles. Entering into an impressive reception hallway with original Victorian wood panelling, double height ceilings and painted floorboards leads you through to a well portioned double bedroom, downstairs W.C, utility area and access down to a considerable three roomed basement.

    To the rear of the property there is a substantial kitchen/dining room with bespoke handmade fitted kitchen with tiled worktop, built in appliances, hardwood flooring and feature chandelier. Full height south facing French doors and windows fill this room with natural light and give access to the rear garden.

    The 200ft south facing gardens stretches out to the cliff top and comes complete with patio area, summer house and vegetable patch. A raised sun terrace at the end of the garden offers the most majestic views of the Sussex coastline from its elevated position, perfect for alfresco dinning or evening drinks.

    Period central turning staircase with painted floorboards and original high skirtings takes you to the first floor where you enter the impressive opulent living/dining room including a feature central fireplace, ornate cornicing, white painted floorboards and high skirtings. The south facing bay window offers stunning views out over the garden and the English Channel. There is a large family bathroom with roll top claw foot bath and separate shower and WC. With two large storage cupboards, original skirtings and sash window finished with a black and white checkerboard tiled floor. A substantial double bedroom finishes the first floor.

    Following up the staircase a half landing with an impressive original window floods light into the hallway which features painted floorboards throughout. From the Hallway there is access into a large attic. The grand master bedroom with stripped wooden floorboards, en suite bathroom with separate shower and dressing room benefits from a southernly aspect and French door leading out to a balcony with a gorgeous outlook over the garden and Sussex coastline. A further two extensive double bedrooms complete the property.
    Substantial in every aspect with exceptional period features and enviable views properties of this stature are rare to the open market.

    Located in one of St Leonards-on-Sea's most desirable and sought-after residential enclaves, the property is just a few minutes from Norman Road and Marina, which offer numerous restaurants and a vibrant foodie scene. The beach and promenade are moments away and Hastings town is a level walk along the promenade. Artist open houses run through the spring months, along with summer fairs, street parties and almost weekly festivals.

    Looking for an evening out? Kino-Teatr, a short stroll along the marina, houses an independent cinema, theatre, the Baker-Mamonova Gallery, bar and a Lebanese restaurant. It rubs shoulders with great local wine bars and award-winning pubs and restaurants (try the Wine Shed, The St Leonard and St Clements). Excellent local shops include Shop and Siren; there are many places specialising in vintage furniture/lighting and clothing on Kings Road and Norman Road. Superb cafés like Fika and Sea Kale serve great drinks and food, using locally sourced ingredients, including fish caught that day from the fishing beach and prize-winning world-class wines from the many vineyards nearby. West St Leonards railway station is minutes away from the house, with direct links to London Charing Cross and Victoria (1hr, 30 mins) and Brighton (accessible within 50 mins), perfect for commuters.

    Hastings has the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, known as the Stade. The ruins of the castle built by William the Conqueror lie at the top of West Hill and offer wonderful views of the area and Channel. The steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up to the castle. At the top of the East Hill funicular, situated near the fishing beach, is the Country Park, one of Hastings and St Leonards' many fine green spaces.

    Opened in March 2012, the award-winning Jerwood Gallery sits next to the fishing beach in Hastings' historic Old Town. Home to a revolving selection of the Jerwood Collection's twentieth- and twenty-first century art, it also holds several major exhibitions a year, showcasing the best of modern art: recently Picasso's work from Lee Miller's nearby Farley Farm House and celebrated figurative artist Paula Rego's first major British exhibition in ten years were shown there. The Coastal Cultural Trail, which you can walk or bike, links the Jerwood to two acclaimed galleries, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion and Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery.

    There are many other attractions in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, both architectural and cultural. The fantastic Hastings Pier (recently named Pier of the Year and winner of the highly prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize) hosts numerous live gigs and shows; it is an iconic place to visit, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Clash having played there. The town also hosts the Hastings Half Marathon, the Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings Beer Festival, Coastal Currents, the Old Town Carnival and three seafood festivals. This year it launches its first literary festival.

    A vibrant place to live, St Leonards-on-Sea has lovely architecture, historical and cultural resonance and boasts a beautiful open coastline.

    Tenure: Freehold
    Reference: RS0401

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