Approach and driveway
To the side of the main house, wrought iron gates mounted to brick and flint pillars give access to the extensive driveway with parking for up to six vehicles. A further gate gives pedestrian access. The driveway runs along the length of the main property and coach house, opening out to a parking area and double garage, with side access to the rear garden.
Like many properties of this age and character, the main entrance to the property is from the street, via a period oak door with decorative wooden carvings and an arched architrave.
The front door opens to the main hallway with period oak floor, traditional timber framed walls with white infill panels, a door to the right leading to the sitting room, a small cupboard and the east staircase rising to the master suite.
19' 10" x 12' 10" (6.05m x 3.91m) A spacious sitting room of timber framed walls with white infill panels, ceiling beams and original leaded light windows to the front. Whilst the windows must retain their historical importance, secondary glazing offers comfort, warmth and protection from noise. The pièce de résistance of this room is the imposing Inglenook fireplace with brick surround, original mantle beams and quarry tiled hearth. This quirky feature includes a small obscure glass window to the rear, wood storage and decorative nooks as well as ambient lighting. There is an open plan area under the east stairs, TV/satellite aerial, telephone point, power sockets and ceiling spot lights concealed between the beamed ceiling. Carpet, three radiators and traditional oak doors to the main hall and rear hall and a particularly attractive low height doorway with decorative wooden carving leads to the dining room
Carpeted stairs lead to a small landing with timber and leaded light window overlooking the rear garden, and radiator. An oak door with traditional handle and latch string leads to the master suite.
12' 4" x 9' 3" (3.76m x 2.82m) Positioned between the sitting room and kitchen, it is likely that this room has been created at a later date by the erection of a wall between the dining room and kitchen, to offer a more defined space. Varnished oak floor, timber framed walls with white infill panels, ceiling beams with pendant light, wall lights, and power sockets. The leaded light windows retain their original form with secondary glazing for comfort, warmth and protection from noise. A further oak door leads to the kitchen.
12' x 10' (3.66m x 3.05m) The kitchen offers a good balance of the old and new with a range of matching wall and base units in a cream country house style featuring a glazed display cupboard with apothecary drawers. A new SMEG eye level double oven matching to the units, contrasting worksurfaces in a copper quartz with inlaid 1.5 bowl sink and drainer, built in space for a microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, Rangemaster gas hob and electric extractor. The flooring flows through to the rear hall lending an air of space. Neutral décor, radiator and timber leaded light window to the side.
Study / Utility room
8' 4" x 7' 4" (2.54m x 2.24m) An unusual room tucked away behind the kitchen, this room offers dual aspect windows, sloping ceilings, carpet, power sockets and an ADSL line. Ideally suited to a study or indeed as a utility room with a built-in cupboard and oak door to the rear hallway.
A step up leads to the Master suite comprising a dressing room and wood framed archway to the bedroom.
10' 10" x 8' 10" (3.30m x 2.69m) The dressing room can be accessed from either a period oak door with traditional handle and latch string from the east stairs, or a matching door with leaded light insert above to the landing and west stairs. It comprises traditional timber framed walls with white infill panels, ceiling beams and an unusual curved brick fireplace with aged wooden mantle beam as well as a ceiling pendant light, power sockets, an understair cupboard for additional storage and radiator.
Master Bedroom 1
14' x 10' 1" (4.27m x 3.07m) A good sized double bedroom of timber framed walls with white infill panels, ceiling beams and original leaded light windows to the front oozing with character. Secondary glazing offers comfort, warmth and protection from noise. Built in cupboards line one wall with extra corner storage, ceiling pendant light, power sockets and radiator.
Middle landing and stairs
A small middle landing joins the master suite to the children's suite on the second floor via an arched doorway, and carpeted steep stairs with hand rail, timber framed walls and white infill panels. A step down from the middle landing leads to the main landing and west stairs to the ground floor.
The Children's Suite
This second floor suite comprises an open plan study reading nook with two bedrooms on either side; one single and one double.
11' 10" x 8' 9" (3.61m x 2.67m) Like something from Hansel and Gretel it is on the second floor that the age and history of the property oozes from every corner. This double bedroom follows the framed walls with white infill panel construction of the rest of the house, with sloping beams, low head height in places and a timber framed leaded light window overlooking the rear. Ceiling pendant light, carpet, power sockets and radiator, with an oak door leading to the open plan study/reading nook.
Open plan study/reading nook
11' 10" x 7' 7" (3.61m x 2.31m) The stairs to the second floor lead to a spacious open plan landing which is currently used as a study. Leaded light window to the rear, carpet, light and power sockets with oak doors to each of the two bedrooms on this floor.
11' 10" x 6' 4" (3.61m x 1.93m) To the opposite side of the open plan study/reading nook is the fourth bedroom, accessed via an oak door. A good sized single room, this bedroom also benefits from the sloping beams and a timber framed leaded light window overlooking the rear. Ceiling pendant light, carpet, power sockets and radiator.
Like the second floor, the character of this unusual period property really shines through here, with sloping walls, aged gallery style wooden balustrades and the most impressive supporting beams with hundreds of years of history etched into them. A step down leads to a small landing with leaded light window overlooking the coach house, and an oak door to the separate toilet. Ceiling pendant lights, and carpet. Separate hallway running at a ninety degree angle giving access to the guest bedroom and family bathroom.
Exposed beam walls with white décor, tiled floor and part tiled walls in neutral tones, the WC comprises a white toilet with bespoke corner unit with shelving, tiled surface, mixer tap and unique walnut bowl sink. Vintage style ceiling light with antique bulb, electric extractor fan. Oak door to the landing with traditional handle and latch string.
10' 7" x 9' 6" (3.23m x 2.90m) A spacious family bathroom which manages to combine the ancient timber frames and white décor with a beautiful freestanding roll-top bath with mixer tap and hand held shower attachment, white suite comprising a sink set within a modern vanity unit and toilet, with a separate curved shower cubicle with mains shower and jacuzzi jets. The floor has been tiled with flagstone effect LVT tiles, the walls decorated in white with part tiled walls. Timber leaded light windows overlooking the rear, and beautiful obscured glazed panels which date back hundreds of years. Airing cupboard with shelves and bi-fold door, ceiling spot lights, shaver socket and oak door with traditional handle and latch string to the landing.
Guest bedroom 2
13' 6" x 10' 3" (4.11m x 3.12m) A good sized double bedroom of timber framed walls with white infill panels, and ceiling beams. Original box bay leaded light windows overlooking the village high street reveal exposed joint and aged iron monger in places. Secondary glazing offers comfort, warmth and protection from noise. Asymmetric built in cupboards frame the bed, ceiling pendant light, power sockets, carpet and radiator.
The west stairs link the first floor to the living accommodation on the ground floor, and give access to the coach house and garden via the rear door. Carpet and aged newels in keeping with the style of the property.
The rear entrance opens to the rear hallway with tiled floor, traditional timber framed walls with white infill panels, a traditional oak door with low head height and decorative oak architrave leads to the sitting room, with another oak door to the kitchen and a third oak door to the study/utility room. Wall mounted spotlights, heating thermostat and radiator plus an under stair cupboard for extra storage.
Rear door and porch
Accessed from the driveway via a brick block paved courtyard linking the main house and the coach house, the rear entrance offers an open porch with timber beam supports and tiled roof with an old fashioned bell and decorative paving at the door.
An absolutely beautiful corner of the property, the courtyard links the main house with the garden and the coach house. Catching the sun most of the day, it is the ideal spot to enjoy breakfast to the sound of birdsong, a coffee and a good book, or to eat al fresco in the evenings. A planted flowerbed to the side with a pretty flint stone archway covered by a mature Clematis leads the way to the sizeable rear garden, and a walkway with wall mounted lights leads between the main house and the coach house to the driveway.
A wooden door from the courtyard leads to the exterior WC with traditional Victorian style high flush toilet, neutral décor with part tiled walls, LVT tiled floor in aged oak style, wash basin and light.
The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn and bordered by the original flint wall with views over the tower of the 11th Century Church of St. Mary, thought to be the first Norman church in England. Accessed either via the courtyard or from the driveway, there is a flagstone style patio barbecue area with external power and light, and planters of cooking herbs. Fruiting apple, pear and cherry trees, with a vibrantly coloured ornamental tree add interest, whilst the irregular borders are planted with mature shrubs and flowers. Creative use of a ancient tree which has long since died offers a standing height half moon table with a further paved area and chimineas, the perfect spot for evening drinks with friends and family. Armoured cable provides external power at strategic points around the garden.
Tucked away in the far corner is the timber framed summer house with half height glazing on three sides, two opening windows and a single door. Wood effect flooring, power and views over the rear garden and main house.
This desirable home features a brick built double garage with English Heritage oak doors with mezzanine floor offering attic style storage across the whole building. The garage could also, on the ground floor, be fitted out as a gym, games room, workshop or provide a suitable location for a classic car. To the side of the garage is a screened area for garden storage.
The main house was re-roofed approximately two years ago with new battens, insulation and reclaimed original roof tiles to maintain the integrity of the building.
The Coach House is a completely separate building of flint construction which is accessed via the courtyard. The exterior provides enough space for a table and chairs, whilst the walls are adorned with wrought iron flower pot holders tumbling with summer pansies and geraniums. An old fashioned bell and exterior light flank the beautiful wooden front door .
Open plan kitchenette
The door opens into the kitchen area, open plan to the living room with some screening to offer definition to the spaces. The kitchenette comprises a range of modern slab style base units in cream with complementary wooden work surface and wipe down backsplash. There is an under counter fridge with icebox, inlaid sink with integrated drainer, ceiling spots and power sockets. Neutral décor and wood effect flooring.
16' 4" x 12' 4" (4.98m x 3.76m) The décor and flooring run through both the kitchenette and living room, offers a feeling of space. There are open plan stairs to the first floor bedroom, timber windows looking out to the side of the property, TV/satellite point, power sockets, independent telephone line, wall lights, beamed ceiling and electric wood burner style heater. Ledge and brace door to the bathroom.
15' 6" x 13' 8" (4.72m x 4.17m) The open plan stairs lead to the first floor bedroom which covers most of the top floor. Carpeted floor with neutral décor, bespoke built in wardrobes run the width of one wall, power sockets and ceiling pendant light. Low head height skeilings and chapel style leaded light window to the side.
Shower room and utility
11' 3" x 5' 5" (3.43m x 1.65m) Full of natural light, the superb modern shower room has two timber leaded light windows overlooking the garden. Decorated throughout in fresh white with tiled walls, an enormous walk in shower with glass screen and wall mounted electric shower, toilet and pedestal sink. To one end is the utility area comprising a washing machine, and work surface with storage space under.
In order to preserve the original exterior of the coach house due to the Grade II listed status, the conversion to living accommodation has incorporated a shed-like storage area running the width of the property. This is accessed from the exterior.
About the village
The village of Westham started life as a HAM-let to the WEST of Pevensey, hence the name. It’s history is inextricably entwined with that of its better known neighbour and the Norman conquest of 1066, and the village is home to what is believed to be the first Norman Church in England; the 11th Century Church of St. Marys. Today the village offers a key modern feature which is the mainline rail link with services to Brighton, Lewes and London from the station which is just a few minutes' walk from the High Street. As well as the village store, Pevensey and Westham benefit from three pubs, a fish and chip shop, a couple of restaurants and more buildings of historic importance than you can shake a stick at. Westham is a proper community with village fayres, the annual scarecrow festival, the village hall with clubs and events throughout the year, and the village pond complete with ducks. There is easy car access to the A22 and A27 for commuters, and the bustling town of Eastbourne is just 10 minutes’ drive. To the coastal side, the Pevensey Levels are a haven for all manner of birds and wildlife.