Inside a Georgian gem for sale in home for £2.9 million
For sale: Inside the magnificent seaside dandy which could be your very own Georgian gem
As it looks proudly out to sea from the centre of Hove, the elegant facade of this Grade II listed Regency gem is indistinguishable from its wellgroomed neighbours.
It gives no clue as to the opulent interior decor within, where the property’s original features are set off with striking dark wood and marble fittings, and a Farrow & Ball colour scheme to die for.
It’s all the handiwork of furniture designer Deborah Franklin-Pearce and her finance-director partner Jasmina.
This Georgian gem is the work of furniture designer Deborah Franklin-Pearce and her fiance-director partner Jasmina
The couple, who bought the house in 2006, spent a further £500,000 restoring it
The couple, both 54, bought the house in 2006 after moving from London with daughter Elodie, now 17.
In the intervening years they have spent half a million pounds restoring the home, which had been divided into bedsits. ‘It was rather ghastly but we could see its vast potential,’ says Deborah, who was immediately struck by the iron staircase with mahogany handrail that ascends through the property’s five storeys.
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The couple spent £120,000 just on restoring the 38 sash windows and shutters alone. Doing the same to all of the internal doors, bannisters and ornate cornicing, and uncovering old iron fireplaces, took further painstaking work.
East Sussex £2.9m
Unique features: Five-storey, Grade II listed Regency townhouse with sea views in the Brunswick Town conservation area in Hove; luxurious interiors and courtyard garden; gym
Contact: Fine & Country, fineandcountry.com, 01273 739911
They have opened up the basement to create a stunning open-plan kitchen with white quartz counters, ebony wall cabinets and Italian limestone flooring, and installed luxurious marble bathrooms throughout the house.
The home’s grand proportions have proved the perfect backdrop to Deborah’s striking designs, which include the American Black Walnut bed, dressing tables and wardrobes in the master bedroom suite.
The main reception room on the first floor has three sets of full French doors with windows down to the floor that open out on to balconies with views of the sea.
At the back of the room, Deborah has installed an ebony cocktail bar salvaged from an old ship.
There is also a courtyard garden and gym. ‘Ours is one of only a handful in this conservation area remaining as complete houses,’ she says.
The house, built in the 1820s, is set at the top of Brunswick Square, the piece de resistance of the Brunswick Town development.
Designed to be a ‘mini town’, complete with its own pubs, shops and chapel, the scheme was the creation of Regency architect Charles Augustin Busby, who hoped to attract affluent residents with his sophisticated designs.
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Contact: Jackson-Stops, jackson-stops.co.uk, 01638 662231
This Grade II* listed Regency house is near the town of Frome and include a Gothic room
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Contact: Strutt & Parker, struttandparker.com, 020 7629 7282
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Contact: Perkins George Mawer & Co, perkinsgeorgemawer.co.uk, 01673 843011
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Contact: Sheldon Bosley Knight, sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk, 01926 430555
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