Undercliffe House (Grade II Listed) was designed and built by a local builder-architect James Berry in 1865 for his own use. The house sits secluded on a flat area of a wooded hillside in approx 2.5 acres reached by a path from Malling Street. Its immediate outlook is to lawns and gardens and more distantly to the Downs, castle and town. At the rear of the garden there is direct access to the Coombe Nature Reserve. Despite this seclusion, it is only a 5 minute walk to the centre of town. The house is dominated by a tower that rises two stories above the original main house. Its striking Rhenish-helm roof may copy that of Sompting Church in W. Sussex (TBV). Many other architectural features include finials capping the roofs of the tower, the porch and gables, yellow and red patterned and cobbled brickwork, decorative leadwork and arched windows. Internal features of note include arched windows in large bays with long views over the garden, high ceilings with decorative cornicing, spacious rooms, original marble fireplace and wonderful views from the tower as shown within these particulars. On the ground floor, the large bays light two impressive, bright and well-proportioned reception rooms that both retain their original decorated ceilings, and two double bedrooms on the first floor, each with attractively curved ceilings. A staircase from the ground floor leads to the cellar rooms, one with windows. The tower with views in all directions is accessed from the first floor. The house was extended in the 1920s in a style to match the original. The extension adds a large kitchen cum dining room with a woodstove, windows at either end and a glass door to the garden, and, on the first floor, a large bedroom and family bathroom. A further extension was built in 1975 in keeping with the rest, but in a Sussex cottage-style of flint, brick and clapboard. It contains on the first floor two bright and spacious bedrooms with commodious closets and further storage space in the easily accessible roof cavity above. Below there is a shower room and a hallway to the kitchen. The wide variety of trees below and above the house include mature beech, yew, holly, hawthorn and chestnut supplying plenty of firewood for the fireplace and kitchen woodstove. Agent's note: description provided by vendor clients.
|Unique Grade II Listed Residence||Extensive Accommodation With A Wealth Of Character|
|Opportunity For Modernisation||Elevated & Secluded Position|
|19 ft Kitchen/Diner||26 ft Drawing Room|
|17 ft Reception Room||Five Double Bedrooms|
|Family Bathroom & Shower Room||Two Tower Rooms|
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