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Courthouse Street, Hastings, TN34 3AU

Offers in excess of£395,000


Black Swan Cottage is filled with charm and original features. From the front, the property is modest and unimposing, whilst inside, the house feels comfortable with a separate living space, dining room and kitchen. Upstairs the cottage has two double bedrooms and through room with office space. The garden has a hidden section and there is the possibility of purchasing a garage.
Grade II Listed

SITUATED: Courthouse Street, Hastings Old Town
Located on a one way street in the heart of the Old Town, Hastings. Named as such for once holding the Courthouse for Hastings, this street was central for all residents of Hastings. The Courthouse was relocated in the early 1700’s and the street became more associated with general stores. This is still the fashion to today.

The street now benefits from a ’pedestrian zone’, and offers boutique shops, antiquities, Hastings History House and numerous residential properties. Within a short walk the rest of the Old Town offers restaurants and bars enjoying regular local live music. The historic fishing huts and beach are right on the doorstep. Hastings Town Centre is near by with facilities to include the main line railway station with direct trains to London, Brighton and Ashford, supermarkets and Priory Meadow shopping centre.

THE PROPERTY: Black Swan Cottage
With a carving with the date 1688 on one of the original wooden beams, it would suggest that this property survived for over 330 years. The rear bedroom suggests it could have formally been a hay loft, with the front of the property being known for having several different shops, most notably it was once a tea shop.

The property is entered via a charming front room with an open fire and exposed brick surround. Moving through, the dining room hosts many original beams, and a downstairs W.C., and then a step up to the kitchen. This leads out to the conservatory which leads into two rear gardens, the second of which is accessed through the shed.

Heading up the internal wooden staircase, bedroom one is at the front of the property with exposed floor boards, and plenty of character. The middle through room is currently a library, although could be used as a child’s bedroom. The rear bedroom has vaulted ceilings and double aspect windows. The bathroom has a roll top bath and exposed lath and plaster on display behind a Perspex screen.

The Vendor also has a garage that could be added to the sale of the cottage if of benefit.

The accommodation is arranged with approximate room sizes as follows:

Wooden front door with glazed window into;

LIVING ROOM: 13`2 x 10`4 (3.17m x 4.02m) Large stained wood floorboards, feature fireplace with copper flue and exposed brickwork, secondary glazed window to the front elevation, double radiator, ample power points, curtain rail, beamed ceilings, built-in shelving.

DINING ROOM: 23`5 max x 10`5 (7.16m x 3.20m) Internal glazed wooden door, large floorboards, feature fireplace with exposed brickwork, cast iron flue, brick mount, double radiator, single glazed original lead lined windows on either side, skirting boards, original beams, ample power points, staircase to first floor.

CLOAKROOM: Tiled flooring, low level W.C., pedestal corner basin with tiled splashback, single glazed window overlooking the side elevation, built-in shelving, wooden beams.

Raised area into;

KITCHEN: 16`7 x 8` (5.07m x 2.46m) Tiled flooring, stained glass internal window, original door, multitude of base and wall cabinets, space for tall fridge freezer, large Rayburn cooker with two hotplates, numerous power points, original brickwork and original beams, Butler sink with stainless steel mixer tap.

CONSERVATORY: 8`3 x 6`10 (2.53m x 2.09m) Step up onto concreted floor with stone steps into the garden, glazed windows and internal wooden door leading into kitchen, Worcester boiler, space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, glazed roof, double glazed French doors leading out onto the garden.

Staircase leading up to;

FIRST FLOOR LANDING: Single glazed window overlooking the side elevation, original beams throughout, loft hatch.

MASTER BEDROOM: 15`9 x 11` (4.82m x 3.36m) Panelled wooden door, floorboards, original panelled wooden framing with lath and plaster, feature fireplace with exposed brick, Victorian insert and stone mound, double glazed lead lined window to the front elevation, small wooden seat, built-in cupboard, radiator, ample power points.

BEDROOM THREE/OFFICE: 12`3 x 8`6 (3.76m x 2.61m) Through room, wooden floorboards, internal single glazed beamed window overlooking the landing to the side elevation, single glazed wooden leaded window to the side elevation, original beams, ample power points, double radiator, built-in shelving, built-in airing cupboard housing hot water tank.

Step down into;

ANNEXE/INTERNAL HALLWAY: 7`5 x 5`4 (2.27m x 1.64m) Wooden panelled door, currently housing an office desk, wooden flooring, original wooden wall panelling and beams.

Step up into;

BEDROOM TWO: 16`6 max x 8`8 (5.03m x 2.65m) Wooden floorboards, thought to have been the hay loft for the house, original pitched roof with original beams, internal single glazed window, wooden door, double aspect single glazed window to the side of the property, window to the rear of the property, skirting boards, ample power points, double radiator.

FAMILY BATHROOM: 8`6 x 5`5 (2.59m x 1.66m) Wooden flooring, original beams, tiled splashback, roll top bath with claw feet, stainless steel mixer tap with shower attachment, electric shower above, curtain rail, single glazed window overlooking the side of the property, low level W.C., pedestal sink unit with Perspex surround and original lath and plaster, radiator/towel rail, wall mounted shelving, mirror,


GARDEN: Brick paved, border to the right hand side, mature plants on trellis, plenty of room for potted plants, large bay tree, raised steps up to;

UPPER TERRACE: Shed with access to an adjoining privately owned garden which has a much larger area with raised beds and mature plants.

OPTIONAL GARAGE: Located close by, within a private yard, roller door, brick built, space for one small car.

Offers in excess of £395,000 Freehold

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  • City: Hastings Old Town
  • State/county: East Sussex
  • Neighborhood: Hastings Old Town
  • Country: United States


  • Price: £395,000
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1


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