Right we’re all going to need a collective rummage down the back of the sofa for this one because it’s expensive but it’s lovely – at least I think it is although I’m aware that we don’t always agree on these matters. Remember it’s Fantasy Friday and for the eleventy billionth week of lockdown I make no apologies for going back to the sea and for picking a house that, on a sunny day with a squint, could be in Greece or Southern Italy.
So let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way first. It’s in Shoreham by Sea in West Sussex (between Brighton and Worthing so that’s the English Channel not the Med. It’s an hour from London and it’s on the market with The Modern House for £2,850,000 for which you get five bedrooms, sea views and nearly 4,00sqft (which is a lot of space.) There’s another 400sq ft of garage too.
Now that we’ve picked ourselves up off our (much smaller) floors who’s coming in to take a look around? I have to say I was drawn in not least by the warm golden light at the time it was photographed (always a winner that) but also by all the bleached linen sofas.
I’m about to try and re-cover my sofa bed which is essentially two large rectangles – how hard can it be – and am thinking of washed-out linen on a faded Persian rug so I can pretend, when I go up to the loft, that apart from the exercise bike in the middle of the room, that I am indeed in the aforementioned Italy….
Anyway back down to earth. Or West Sussex…. this is quite a rabbit warren of spaces but you would, probably, spend most of your time in this large, sea-facing kitchen, dining, sitting room. At least I would. The kitchen part below sits behind the sofa above with the table in the window and this faded, natural palette is always what I think I will have until I come to actually buying the paint at which point I end up with something more colourful. It’s my unrealistic fantasy decor as well as my unrealistic fantasy house.
But it’s a good look for a coastal house isn’t it – all natural textiles, concrete and wood. Even the crockery on its open shelves looks perfectly styled. And if you want a comfy wooden bar stool try this from Cox & Cox or this from Devol.
Apart from that large space there are also two sitting rooms, two small bedrooms and two bathrooms that lead off from the door by the sofas so if you were to buy it and want lots of people to stay they could conceivably be relatively self-contained if you needed them to be. Or you could park a bunch of teenagers in that part and see them for mealtimes only.
But it’s upstairs bedrooms where you want to be. Here there are three bedrooms (two front facing) two bathrooms, a study, dressing room and large “relax” area which leads out onto a large verandah. Pour me a cocktail I’m coming up…
The neutral palette of bare plaster, linen and wood continues up here too and while the bathrooms aren’t technically en suite, there is one bedroom and bathroom on either side of the central seating area so it would feel quite private.
And I know you’re going to ask about the view from the bath and, well, this room is on the side of the house where there may be neighbours. But who needs to lie in a bath and look at the view when you can step outside and literally bathe in the view?
So what do we think? Holiday dreams or holiday nightmares? I’m n- if I could just find another £2,849,998 under the mattress.