Breath­tak­ing views and a dra­matic con­nec­tion

If you’ve a taste for the high life, this one’s for you. Homes & Liv­ing found out about an el­e­gant home just on the mar­ket.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

Ad­dress: Granville House, Granville Road, St Mar­garet’s Bay Price: £1.75m Agent: Strutt & Parker This house built in the early 20th cen­tury is just made for drama.

In one of Kent’s most breath­tak­ing coastal spots, Granville House is high above the sea, at St Mar­garet’s Bay, near Dover.

The six-bed­room, six-bath­room house, which has just been re­stored and re­fur­bished through­out, has el­e­gant ter­races and bal­conies and views across Na­tional Trust land over the Chan­nel to France.

In its early years the house was the home of the­atre ar­chi­tect Wal­ter Em­den. Its style is syn­ony­mous with the el­e­gance of the age, with spa­cious re­cep­tion rooms and gen­er­ous bed­rooms.

Buy­ers will find a large, wel­com­ing en­trance hall lead­ing to the prin­ci­pal rooms. Both the din­ing room and sit­ting room face the front and the out­stand­ing sea views.

The sit­ting room has an orig­i­nal or­nate plas­ter ceil­ing and wooden fire sur­round and opens into a glazed sun room with win­dows on three sides.

The kitchen has been com­pre­hen­sively re­fit­ted and re­mod­elled to give an out­stand­ing liv­ing/din­ing/en­ter­tain­ing space. Two sets of dou­ble doors open to ter­races on the east and west sides of the house. A boot room and a pas­sage to a former stu­dio room lead off the kitchen.

The first floor is reached by an el­e­gant, painted wood and wrought iron stair­case, which rises to a spa­cious land­ing.

The master bed­room has a door out to a bal­cony, an en suite bath­room plus a good sized dress­ing room. The two other bed­rooms, at the front of the house, each have their own en suite shower room and a bal­cony.

A door at the back of the land­ing leads to three fur­ther bed­rooms, one of them with an en suite, and there’s also a fam­ily bath­room.

A fur­ther stair­case rises to the sec­ond floor where there are two at­tic rooms and a bath­room.

There is a lower ground floor as well.

Granville House stands in just un­der half an acre, with the A2 three miles away and Dover Pri­ory rail­way sta­tion five miles away. St Mar­garet’s Bay be­tween Dover and Deal has long been cel­e­brated as a bit of a hide­out for wealthy folk down from Lon­don.

Cel­e­brated res­i­dent Noel Coward, moved into a fish­er­man’s cot­tage on the beach at St Mar­garet’s Bay in 1945. In the 1950s, au­thor Ian Flem­ing, a close friend of Coward, took over the cot­tage, and used the nearby Granville Ho­tel as his lo­cal. The ho­tel was de­mol­ished, in de­fi­ance of much lo­cal opin­ion, in the 1990s, when busi­ness de­clined and there was a se­ri­ous fire.

More re­cently, the Baftaw­in­ning ac­tress Miriam Mar­golyes moved into a house in the area.

It may be a myth that you can read the time on the clock tower in Calais from the cliffs around here, but links to France are ex­cel­lent.

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