ABOUT US

This has been a family home for over 25 years. Paul and Stephen are both retired teachers. Paul is a keen gardener and Stephen is a musician; hence the Bluthner grand piano in the drawing room and the Baroque organ in the music room; an instrument that Stephen designed and largely constructed himself.

 

We are members of the Orthodox Church, and have collected a large amount of antique religious art from both east and west.

When we acquired the whole house in 2002 and decided to decorate it in its own period – 1880 – the late (or ‘high’) Victorian.

 

We chose the Watts of Westminster wallpaper for the reception rooms, hall & stairway as it was taken from designs of that period.

 

We already had considerable amounts of furniture, pictures and objets d’art from that period or before, but we then proceeded to decorate the house room by room in a way that would be true to the late 19th century.

 

The only exception is the upstairs sitting room, which is decorated in an 18th century baroque style typical of southern Germany, which much ornate gilding and plasterwork, and silk damask on the walls.

ADDRESS

81 Pevensey Rd, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0LR

PHONE

0044 1424 434 973

It took about 15 years to furnish and decorate the rooms in the house, working round them all one by one. We were both working full time for most of this period, and it had to be done in our spare time.

We have also done a considerable amount of landscaping in the garden, laying something over 15,000 bricks. It is now entirely walled, with 2 glasshouses, a brick potting shed, a summer house in the ‘strawberry hill gothick’ style, and a small eastern orthodox chapel complete with frescos.

We dug a pond in the central section of the garden, which is stocked with plants and goldfish. Low brick walls separate the different garden areas, with a pergola covering the path between them with apple and pear trees.

We have plum, greengage, mulberry and medlar trees in the upper garden.We keep hens behind the summer house at the bottom of the garden, sand have 2 colonies of bees in hives. We can therefore produce our own eggs and honey.

We take great joy and comfort in sharing our carefully curated home with our guests.

 

We are presently engaged in creating a 19th century walled kitchen garden at the back of the neighbouring property, in which we have now bought two flats.We intend to grow fruit, vegetable and flowers in the kitchen garden, for use in the house.

These flats will soon be available as self contained 2 bedroom Holiday Let apartments. They will look out upon the Kitchen Garden, and one of them, the Garden Flat, will have access to the garden.
Contact us for further details about availability of these flats.
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