Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Take a tour of this rare seaside property

Uniquely placed between Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve and Seacroft Golf Club, this property sits on a peaceful street boasting stunning views over a tidal lagoon, out to the sea and North Norfolk Coast.

Carolyn Wilkinson and her family have lived at the house for 35 years. “It has been a wonderful family home,” she said. During their time at the abode, the family have installed a swimming pool, tennis court, putting green, and recently put a new roof on the home and its garages. Whilst completing work on the property, Carolyn noted that they have ensured to retain a lot of its original period features, including wooden beams and an inglenook fireplace with a copper hood.

When visiting the home, one will travel up a driveway and steps to the porch, with its feature beams and tiled floor. Opening up the oak door that lies ahead, one will be greeted by the inner porch leading to the large open plan reception hall and sitting room, the centrepiece of the house.

This space currently hosts a study area, oak staircase up to a galleried landing, stairs down to the garage, cellar, and store, and a sitting area with a cast iron grate with marble hearth. Full height side windows and double doors meanwhile lead to the west facing sun terrace, and the beam features one will see are repeated throughout the ground floor.

From here one can reach the dining room, holding a feature fireplace with the original tiled hearth and a beamed mantle. To the left of the hall one can also find a further sitting room with polished oak flooring, triple aspect pvc windows offering glimpses of the sea, and a bay window and side window overlooking the rear garden. The room’s feature beamed inglenook fireplace has a real fire, and a copper cowl and leaded glazed niche sit above the tiled hearth. This is Carolyn’s favourite room. “It’s very homely and oozes atmosphere,” she said.

Over to the right of the home’s entrance is a W.C. and breakfast room/study, which connects to the kitchen. The painted pine kitchen with granite work surfaces and upstands has a deep white sink unit, integrated Miele dishwasher, housing for an American style refrigerator, plate racks, and built-in broom cupboard.

The kitchen, with its slate floor, also hosts a brick and tiled recess housing a gas Aga with beamed mantle and extractor above. The room’s windows face north and east with sea views, and a window to the rear overlooks the garden – all have pelmets and roman blinds.

Moving upstairs, one will begin at the galleried landing with its beamed vaulted ceiling. There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one of which connects to an en-suite shower room, while two of the bedrooms have been opened up to create an open plan suite. One will also discover a laundry space, W.C., and bathroom on this floor.

Outside of the property, which stands on an elevated plot, there is plenty to explore. Private gardens face south and east and venturing around the property one will find a heated swimming pool, full sized lawned tennis court, and putting green, all of which were installed by the current owners.

There is also a south facing summerhouse incorporating the pool pump room, a shower, W.C., and sun deck, and an additional garage and workshop can be found separate to the main property. Furthermore, the west facing garden includes extensive paved sitting areas and a York stone terrace, corner gazebo, lawned areas, shrub and gravelled borders. Carolyn noted that the pleasant garden is “quite a sun trap and is sheltered from the wind.”

Tucked away from the hullabaloo of Skegness, on Seacroft Esplanade, the property is a rare find. Carolyn explained: “Houses on the Esplanade very rarely come on the market. A lot of people have been here for many years because it holds such a unique location and has lovely views. It really is something special.” Carolyn is now selling the home having recently sold the family business and wanting to spend more time with her daughters in Ireland and Devon. The property is on the market with Hunters for £875,000.

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