An inspiring example of 19th Century architecture – Brighton House is an imposing, character home situated in Powis Square, in the Clifton Hill Conservation Area of Brighton.
Constructed in c1850; this semi-detached double fronted Victorian villa has an abundance of charm and original ornate period features throughout, with expansive and elegant rooms, high ceilings and bay fronted sash windows, as well as a self-contained lower ground floor apartment.
The residence offers 2,956 square feet of versatile accommodation, a Southerly aspect rear patio garden and a sizeable garage. There is scope to refurbish and change the layout to suit modern day living (subject to planning).
About The Property
Situated at the top of Powis Square, Brighton House is elegantly framed by Grade II Listed black railings, which were given their status in 1999. Upon entering, you are greeted by an entrance hall which leads through to the seperate formal dining and living rooms, both boasting beautiful period features including bay fronted sash windows, spectacular open fireplace with original Victorian tiling and marble surround, central ceiling rose, ornate architraves and high ceilings.
At the rear, the kitchen enjoys plenty of natural light, with doors leading out to the tranquil, Southerly facing patio garden. Comprising of Shaker style units, married with Granite work surfaces. An integrated dark green Rangemaster cooker, butler sink and larder.
On the upper floors there are four generously sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, two separate cloakrooms, a terrace, with views across Brighton’s rooftops and towards the sea, and a second kitchen which could be taken out and used as a home office or children’s playroom. The self-contained one bedroom apartment on the lower ground floor, is perfect for guest use or alternatively, used as separate income if you were to rent it out. This could however, also be converted back to form part of the main house (subject to necessary consent). Lastly, the generous sized garage can be accessed via the patio and from the street.
Clifton Hill and Montpelier were developed between 1820’s – 1860’s and were considered at the time to be the most decedant part of the town. Today they are outstanding areas of conservation boasting fine examples of Regency and Victorian architecture. Powis Square is Brighton’s only inland Regency square, with its impressive horseshoe-shaped crescent and a lovely wide green at its centre, enclosed by railings, now cared for by the residents of Powis Square who regularly use it for social occasions. There are two K6 telephone boxes at the bottom west side of the square which are now listed. These were designed to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, which have today been repurposed as art galleries.
The area took its name from property developer John Yearsley, who was originally from Welshpool in Powys. Yearsley bought several acres of land on a leasehold basis from the Kemp family in 1846 and later acquired the freehold soon after. In the late 18th century Brighton was held by two influential local landowners; Thomas Kemp held about 41 acres and John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, owned over 5 acres.
Brighton House sits half way between the Seven Dials and Central Brighton. Not only are you within walking distance of the city centre and the seafront but you are just a 6 minute walk from the Seven Dials with its array of independent boutiques, shops and cafes including Small Batch, T @ The Dials and much loved The Flour Pot Bakery. The Crescent and Good Companions are both great gastro pubs, and for anyone commuting into Central London, Brighton Mainline Station offers excellent direct services in an hour. The city has regular bus services running throughout Brighton and Hove and along the coast, as well as easy road access to the A23/A27, with links to the motorway and Gatwick Airport. Close by, St Ann’s Well Gardens with its gorgeous scented garden, bowling green, tennis court and cafe offers a serene retreat.
The vibrant and quirky seaside city of Brighton and Hove is famous for its mix of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture, from the Prince Regent’s Royal Pavilion to the beautiful garden squares. From pebble beaches to a shopaholics dream, the city’s honey pot of shopping facilities, will take you to Churchill Square shopping centre offering fantastic mainstream shops, whilst the North and South Laines are full of quirky boutiques and luxury stores. A vast choice of restaurants, cafe’s, bar’s and pubs, boasting lively nightlife and entertainment.
Brighton is renowned for its diverse communities and rich arts culture. It is celebrated for its large LGBTQ community and often nicknamed the ‘Gay Capital of the UK’, once a year they hold a colourful and exciting Gay Pride weekend full of flamboyant costumes, street parties, parades and musical acts. Hove on the other hand is a little more relaxed, with its slower pace- sophisticated wine bars and eateries. Hove Lawns is a lovely spot during the summer months where people gather for picnics, outdoor games and sunbathing.
If you are interested in finding out more about Brighton House and to arrange a viewing please call 01273 921500.
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