The staircase is located central to the building accessing all principal rooms. The ground floor has a lovely siting room to the front of the house with picture rails, generous ceiling heights and a double glazed sash window. The dining room is behind with wonderful ornate cornicing and original period floorboards; leading into the kitchen that accesses the private rear courtyard via a newly made, bespoke, half glazed door in period style. Also on the Ground Floor is a downstairs toilet/ utility room.
Ascending the original wooden staircase, a Victorian style, half glazed door leads out to the spacious balcony perfect for al fresco dining. To the left is the large family bathroom with genuine Victorian cast iron bath, walk in shower, heated towel rail and large window. The first floor features two double bedrooms. The owners currently use the rear room as a Study creating a lovely living space over the first & second floor.
The Third floor is a spectacular space with vaulted ceilings and wonderful views back across Hastings & towards the sea. The front room can be used as you desire, sitting room, bedroom, office, etc. The rear room is currently used as an art studio, plumbed with a sink. There are french doors opening to a balcony (currently unused) with verdant and rooftop views of St. Leonards and Hastings. This space would also make a stunning master bedroom with a large en-suite
All the windows at the front of the property have been replaced with bespoke double glazed, wooden sash windows. Other details to note, floorboards through out the property and a newly installed Viesmann Combi- Boiler..
The property is believed to date back to the 1860s. Mercatoria was the shopping street serving James & Decimus Burton's architectural development in the Victorian era. Mercatoria Cottage however was not a shop, the deeds show it as 'The School Master's House' for the primary school next door. The original deeds also show the owners have a right to ride a horse through the archway!
James Burton and his son Decimus Burton had a huge influence on the landscape of the developing south east including large areas of Bloomsbury, as well as St Johns Wood and Clapham Common. In 1828 he started building a new seaside town at St Leonards on the Sussex coast near Hastings, based closely on his experiences at Regents Park.
The property is just minutes from Norman Road and Marina, which offer numerous independent shops, restaurants and a vibrant foodie scene. The beach and promenade as well as St. Leonards Gardens are moments away and Hastings town is a short stroll. Artist open houses run through the spring months, along with summer fairs and festivals. St Leonards Warrior Square 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.