Architect: Hedley Greentree

The Beach House
Hayling Island, Hants



This exceptional Mid-Century Modern house, built in 1963, has been comprehensively refurbished between 2000 – 2010 to create a wonderful five-bedroom property moments from the beach at Hayling Island, Hampshire.

The ground floor features a spectacular, large living / dining room with full-height windows overlooking the garden. The cantilevered, open-tread staircase in this room is one of many fine original features. Also on the ground floor is a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Upstairs there is another reception room that runs the full width of the house as well as three further bedrooms (once currently in use as a dressing room), a study and a large, beautifully detailed bathroom.

The exacting refurbishment was overseen by the current owner, a London-based Creative Director, in collaboration with an architect. A careful balance has been struck between maintaining the best features of the original design and creating a comfortable, up-to-date 21st century home. The Beach House was the first residential work of the architect Hedley Greentree. Completed in 1963, it was at the time (and still remains) a radical and bold building of a type rarely seen in a British seaside setting. Clearly influenced by the work of leading American and European architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, it features clean lines, exposed brickwork and open-plan spaces. The original cedar ceilings and floors of rare Brazilian Paraná pine wood remain.

The house can be found on Sea Front, a coastal road on the south side of Hayling Island. The beach is on the other side of Sea Front. Hayling Island is a picturesque small inhabited island off the Hampshire coast situated between Chichester and Portsmouth. It is easily accessed by road via the A3(M). The island is home to a wide range of shops, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities such as sailing clubs. The closest train station is Havant (approximately 6 miles away) which runs direct services to London Waterloo in under an hour and a half.

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.

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