Take a Look Inside Cullercoats' Historic Beacon House
Sea views? Period features? An underground spa? This house has it all
Beacon House in Cullercoats has a history that will enchant anyone with an interest in the region’s maritime heritage. Sitting amid rows of tall Victorian terraces, the house is immediately striking because of its distinctive single-storey height. As its name would suggest, it was built this way in the 1860s so as not to obscure the beacon in its backyard, a modern iteration of which is still used to guide ships into the harbour. The new inhabitants of Beacon House will join the list of owners including Captain George Waite, whose dramatic exploits at sea were recreated in the 1943 film San Demetrio London.
Previous refurbishments of the property have resulted in a subtle blend of period features alongside some more modern, but timelessly stylish additions. The two front reception rooms feature the obligatory bay windows that make these terraces so beautiful and provide fantastic views across Cullercoats Bay. As the largest rooms in the property, with high ceilings, fireplaces and elegant mouldings, they are the perfect place to entertain guests.
As you progress into the house, there is another living area with French windows that open onto a charming courtyard with its own stone water feature. Across the hall you will find the fully-equipped kitchen complete with a large island and walk-in larder. The kitchen curves round into a dining space with exposed brick walls which is flooded with light from a glass ceiling, and exposed brick walls. The rest of this level is devoted to three bedrooms, all of which are ensuite, and the house’s most contemporary feature, a large sun-room with panelled glass walls and a zinc roof, which opens out onto the rear courtyard.
The basement has been luxuriously equipped for both work and leisure with an office, gym and spa room. The latter includes a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room – perfect for warming up after a dip in the North Sea!
From here, the layout of the property becomes even more unusual. The grounds are bisected by a rear-access lane that leads to the main courtyard on one side and an additional coach house on the other. The coach house is large enough for potential conversion into a two-bedroom cottage. If you were to go down this route, the inhabitants could benefit from the coach house’s two parking bays, a double garage and direct access to the property’s thoughtfully landscaped walled garden.
Entrance vestibule, reception hallway, sitting room with Art Deco fireplace, dining room, lounge/snug, cloakroom/WC, kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in larder, spa room with jacuzzi bath, sauna and steam room, gym, office, utility room, three double bedroom suites, summer room, bathrooms.
Courtyard, log storage space, parking, garden, coach house with double garage and parking, patio, terrace, ornamental garden.
Guide price: £1,495,000
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