Inside the historic Sussex home with its own caves
An historic Grade II listed Sussex home, built into the side of a hill with views over rooftops and out to sea, has come onto the market.
Built around 1800, West Hill Villa is constructed of brick and built into the sandstone bedrock of the West Hill. The old Hastings Pottery was located in the lower part of the house, which opens into vaulted caves. These very beautiful and historic caves have now become an extraordinary bathroom space and meditation area.
A 90ft orangery forms the west wing of the property and houses a fish pool as well as grapevines, banana trees and other exotic plants some of which are reputed to have been brought by Captain Cook and the orangery used as a safe haven for plants found on his voyages before being transported to Kew Gardens. The garden is south facing and spans across the width of the rear of the property with a lawned terrace, vegetable garden and raised seating area with sea views.
While West Hill Villa sits at the heart of Hastings Old Town, it is a quiet and secluded home with discrete entrances and a sense of privacy – on the market for £1,500,000 with the Unique Property Company.