The Gatehouse is a unique Grade II Listed property of historical and architectural significance situated in a sought-after and tranquil setting overlooking a wooded valley and directly opposite St Leonards Gardens.
These were the original 1830’s subscription gardens with a small lake and arched South Lodge, leading down to the sea front.
The property is close to local amenities, schools and mainline railway station at Warrior Square.
The Gatehouse forms part of a castellated stone-built gateway, the accommodation being on the right hand side with a 30ft archway room spanning the road, with views north, south and east.
Built in 1830 by James Burton, the property formed the entrance and tollgate to the new seaside town of St Leonards and is now part of the Burtons’ St Leonards conservation area.
It was at one time occupied by Cecil Rhodes’ sister and it is known that he often stayed in the house.
Later bought by Sir Henry Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon’s Mines, who wanted to be nearer to his friend Rudyard Kipling.
The archway room was his study and here the writers enjoyed literary discussion. The road is closed to through-traffic and occupies a commanding position with views towards the sea.
There is a secret garden, completely secluded, which is a haven for wildlife, and also a garage situated at the rear of the property in a private courtyard.
The property is being sold with a 1/3 share of the Freehold of North Lodge with a 1000 year Lease.
Viewings are strictly by appointment with sole agents Just Property.