The Tudor House Hastings
135 All Saints Street is a totally unique home and one of the most atmospheric Grade II Listed Tudor buildings in England, and it is now available for commercial location hire, private and corporate events.
Pass in through the wee door of the Tudor House and you step into an enchanted world. It’s like stepping into a Brother’s Grimm fairy-tale. And with just a three-minute walk to the beach and Hastings’ fishing fleet, the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in the UK, with its towering net huts and daily catch, you also have the gift of the sea, boats and fish on your doorstep.
The house is of two-bay timber-framed construction, has four levels and extends back deeply from the road. It’s as photogenic on the inside as it is on the outside. The exterior is of limed oak timbers arranged in close vertical stud and small panel, with bleached render infill, and the first floor is characterised by a small overhang jetty.
Wealth of rooms, textures and surfaces
There are four upper rooms: two bedrooms with built-in box beds, one with a plumbed-in tin bath; a bathroom in the eaves, with lead-lined wooden tub; and a cosy panelled living room with oak shutters. The ground floor holds a front parlour with stone floor, oak panelled walls and large inglenook fireplace; and a further middle parlour kitchen with open fire and log pile. The lower ground consists of a double-height rear wing that houses a kitchen with open plank shelves and a dining room in a semi-underground cellar (this part is earlier, dating from 1480). All rooms are bathed in soft natural light, adjusted by shutters; there are four open fireplaces, all of which can be lit.
There is also secluded back yard with side access to the street, which contains a tall weather- boarded fisherman’s shed, enclosed by a striking fence made from reclaimed groyne oak planking. In summer this turns into a leafy enclave of giant gunnera, hogweed and ferns. The further attraction here is the outdoor hot shower complete with galvanised tub, which provides the fun of bathing privately outside, amongst the jungle-like foliage.
Patina of history
The rooms are humbly furnished to reflect the character of the house – with all modern utilities cleverly hidden. Lath and plaster walls have been left raw; sea-weathered oak – used for floorboards, shelves, shutters, cladding and built-in box beds – is left scrubbed; and lead and tin – used for splash-backs and baths – bears the patina of history.
Modern rustic and folk art furniture
The furniture is modern rustic, an eclectic mix of European folk art and primitive pieces from all periods, providing a contemporary take on the past. For instance, there are 19th century Orkney chairs with rush backs that sit alongside English Georgian wingbacks in velvet, and an 18th century West Country settle with its original paint. An early Hungarian table shares space with various Romanian time-worn primitive dressers, stools and seats. A Dutch 18 th century drop leaf table with silhouette legs shares a room with an Edwardian velvet sofa and Irish rush-woven chairs. In the kitchen and cellar dining room, there is a 20th century French aluminium-topped work table, a 1950s enamel refectory cooker and a cherry-wood French table. A fresh, magical environment has been created, with textures and detail that weave a unique narrative quite unlike conventional Tudor interiors.
Limewashed timbered frontage with first floor jetty
Reclaimed groyne oak floorboards weathered by salt and sea
Textured lath and plaster walls
Zinc and lead-lined baths
Large trapdoor over living space for overhead photography
Two inglenook fireplaces
Double-height kitchen fitted with plank shelving, sliding oak shutters and ladder staircase
Rustic kitchen sink with lead splash-back and characterful taps
Vintage plate racks
Textured surfaces and props
Secluded back garden with a jungle of out-sized foliage and tall bleached-oak fencing
Outdoor lead-lined sink with wood drainer and wall shelving
Fisherman’s weather-boarded net hut shed clad in bleached oak
Outdoor rustic shower with corrugated iron door and high-mounted zinc water butt
Antique time-worn primitive furniture
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Location: south east coast, 50 miles from London
135 All Saints Street
Hastings Old Town
Alastair Hendy & Lauren Wright
Tel: 01424 447171