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.
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.