Architect: Patrick Gwynne
Vista Point, West Sussex, UK
This property is a large Grade II-listed house with extensive gardens leading directly to the beach, located on a private estate in West Sussex.
Designed in the late 1960s by Patrick Gwynne – one of the most important and remarkable British architects of the 20th century – this property is a rare example of a significant Modern house beside the sea.
The house is in outstanding original condition and benefits from five bedrooms and a large living room with a balcony, as well as a swimming pool and pool complex also designed by Gwynne. The house centres around an impressive central wood-panelled spiral staircase with a glass-domed roof. Throughout the house there are examples of Gwynne’s renowned attention to interior detail.
The house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a master bedroom with an en-suite, a second double bedroom, one twin room, one single room and one room with bunk beds. There is a large first-floor reception room with sea views; a separate dining room, also with sea views; a fully equipped kitchen and a pool complex. The house is set on an 0.66 acre plot with extensive gardens, a heated outdoor swimming pool and ample parking. There is direct access to the beach from the garden.
The house is set in a tranquil location on the Willowhayne private seaside estate. The local shops of East Preston are a short walk away. Rustington, two miles away, offers a more extensive range of facilities, including golf. Littlehampton is also close by, which offers facilities for sailing and also the East Beach Café, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Sailing and tennis clubs can be found at East Preston and there are many nearby walks along South Downs Way.
The property is approximately 60 miles away from London. It is about a 90-minute journey from London by train or by car. Angmering train station is one mile away and runs services to London Victoria and London Bridge. Worthing, Arundel, Chichester and Brighton train stations are within a short driving distance of the house.
Jan-Mar £1,700 per week*
Apr £2,200-£2,800 per week
May £2,800-£3,100 per week
Jun £2,800 per week
Jul-Aug £3,900 per week
Sep £2,800 per week
Oct £2,200 per week
Nov-Dec £1,700 per week*
*Excluding Christmas and New Year which are £2,500 per week
Short breaks are available outside of peak times
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Patrick Gwynne (1913 – 2003) was born into a wealthy family and showed an enthusiasm for architecture at a young age, joining the office of John Coleridge, a former assistant of Edwin Lutyens. His attention was soon diverted towards Europe, where the likes of Le Corbusier were pushing architecture in an entirely new direction; having sought more suitable employment, he ended up in the offices of Wells Coates, where he worked alongside Denys Lasdun. It was with the assistance of Coates and Lasdun that Gwynne designed The Homewood in Esher, one of the finest achievements of residential architecture in Britain. Working from The Homewood, where he lived from 1942 until the end of his life, he soon began to receive commissions for private houses from distinguished and wealthy clients. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he designed a number of houses in Hampstead and Blackheath in London, and in Surrey, Oxfordshire and Dorset, many of which have been Grade II listed.
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