Bethany is a home with a Biblical link, dating from 1894 and offering comfortable family living.
PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
IT shares the name of a village near Jerusalem mentioned in the Bible as a place where Jesus lodged but this Bethany is a great family home in a tucked away spot on the edge of Seaview.
One of three homes in quiet Elm Close, the four-bedroom detached house has a nameplate outside showing its 1894 date of origin and stating it was named by Sister Mary Hickman. She was a nun and a great friend of the owners.
The owners have undertaken extensive refurbishment work right back to basics and finished off with a superb, well-appointed kitchen/diner, ceiling roses, stripped wooden flooring, stripping the lovely original pine doors and cleverly concealing metal supports to resemble gnarled wooden beams.
If more accommodation is needed, there is scope to provide it. The back garden is large and extending to the rear is one option, with another possibility — subject to any necessary planning permission — is converting the deep, attached garage.
This has concrete flooring, a rear door and window, power, light and a gas supply.
At the front is gravelled parking space for around four cars.
The well enclosed lawned back garden includes fruit trees and a rockery area with palms and lavender.
Beyond the front door is an entrance area with a front window, coat hanging space and terracotta-coloured floor tiles that are handsome and practical. They extend into a cloakroom with a WC and handbasin.
An inner lobby, with stairs to the first floor, has wooden flooring carrying on into the large lounge stretching from the front with a large window to rear double-glazed French doors opening to the garden. Focal point is a fireplace with a marble inset and ornate surround housing a coal-effect gas fire.
Also off the inner lobby is a carpeted front-facing study and an opening to a cosy, rear-aspect sitting room.
Off a walkway to the kitchen/diner is a utility room with rear garden access, plumbing for a washing machine and dryer and wall cupboards.
Creating impact in the triple-aspect kitchen/diner is a lofty, sloping ceiling with wooden beams.
With the same tiled flooring as the entrance area, this room has an extensive range of pale units, matched by a dresser in the front-facing dining area, solid wooden work surfaces, a built-in gas hob, double oven and integrated dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
All four upstairs bedrooms are double-sized with built-in wardrobes. Bedrooms one and two have front views to distant countryside and downland.
A small, slightly higher landing leads to the other bedrooms, one of them with a rear sea view and the other side-facing.
Between them is the family bathroom, with a fresh white suite including a bath with a shower over it and walls fully tiled in white, with a contrasting inset band in blue shades.
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