An Exercise In Elegance With Spark & Sons
by Lisa de Silva
Dudley Mansions Hove is experiencing a new lease of life after many happy historic years of being an illustrious hotel. Lisa de Silva sampled life in the penthouse
Showcasing glorious late Georgian architecture, Dudley Mansions Hove has been beautifully renovated to create a number of stylish and desirable rental apartments, bringing residents the opportunity to live in a building that has hosted everyone from the Queen, to Ian Fleming and One Direction.
Located at the bottom of Lansdowne Place adjacent to Hove Lawns and the seafront promenade, Dudley Mansions was originally built as a terrace of grand houses during the 1830s. Collectively known as Lansdowne Mansions, one of these impressive homes was named Dudley House and after a short spell as a private boarding school, the property was run as a boarding house from the mid-19th century.
By 1880, Dudley Mansion Boarding House was being run by Alphonse Fortune Lamette, who expanded the business over the following decade to include the whole terrace. Guests enjoyed electric lighting in public rooms, a gracious drawing room and billiards room with full-size table. Clearly a place of conviviality, in 1885 Lamette was ned by the Inland Revenue for selling beer, wine, sherry and tobacco without the appropriate licence.
The next significant owner was Benjamin Herniman who took over in 1911. Adding the grand entrance arch and canopy designed by FC Axtell. Herniman transformed the Dudley into a grand Edwardian seaside hotel with ‘the best position and nest rooms in Hove.’ Another major refurbishment followed in the 1930s when a new ballroom was constructed, Art Deco paintings by AE Marty were displayed in the hotel restaurant and there was ‘running water, central heating and a telephone’ in every room.
From 1968, the Dudley enjoyed a spell as part of the Trust House Forte hotel group who further expanded the building, before it was eventually bought by David Glover in 2004 and renamed the Lansdowne Place Hotel.
Despite investing heavily to upgrade the facilities the hotel could not compete in an overcrowded marketplace and the business went into administration in January 2013.
With such a long and illustrious history, the Dudley has welcomed many famous faces over the years. In 1944, the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) attended a lunch at the hotel with officers of the Grenadier Guards. While in 1961, Lady Churchill stayed and was joined by her husband Sir Winston for a day at the seaside. Noel Coward was a regular visitor and One Direction were guests in 2012, when they played the Brighton Centre on the Up All Night Tour.
Yet, one of the most fascinating guests was Ian Fleming who stayed at the Dudley while recuperating from a heart attack in the early 1960s. It was during this stay that he wrote his only children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, published posthumously in 1964.
Fast forward to the present day for the chance to make this iconic landmark your new home. In August 2014, planning permission was granted for the former hotel to be converted into a series of sleek and modern rental apartments, Dudley Mansions Hove. Since then, this famous building, located within the Brunswick Town Conservation Area, has been elegantly restored to its former glory.
The exterior façade and impressive entrance arch have been renovated to retain both their historic and design integrity, while the interior has been sympathetically refurbished to showcase many original features, including the wonderful lobby with its distinctive black and white chequered flooring, handsome staircase winding up the entire height of the building and feature skylight.
Today, Dudley Mansions Hove is a stunning blend of historic and contemporary design housing 40 rental apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, along with two penthouse suites. Providing high-spec open plan living, residents benefit from light and spacious accommodation, intercom entry system, lift access and security cameras in public areas. Many apartments enjoy high ceilings and magnificent sea views, while some of the larger units and the penthouses have air conditioning.
The palette is pleasingly neutral in soothing tones of grey and white and each apartment boasts a fully-fitted kitchen with integrated appliances including dishwasher and fridge- freezer. Bathrooms and en suite shower rooms are fully tiled, with a sleek and minimal aesthetic and there are copious storage cupboards throughout the interior space. The accommodation has been designed to be flexible, so spare bedrooms can be used to create an office, a cosy snug or a TV room, depending on your lifestyle.
For those who enjoy a view and are looking for somewhere truly spectacular to live, the two penthouses enjoy wraparound balconies and decks, accessed from both the bedroom and main living room. The views are amazing, stretching from Brighton Marina all the way to Shoreham and across the cityscape of church spires, period architecture and modern buildings. There can be few better places to relax with a morning coffee, to enjoy the ever-changing theatre of the promenade or to soak up the sun.
“For the size, storage space, wonderful finish and prime location, residents will enjoy a fantastic place to live at competitive prices,” says Peter Spark of Spark and Sons, letting and management agents for Dudley Mansions Hove. “The developers have worked hard to renovate and refurbish the property to a high standard and it’s good to know that the building is being restored to its original function providing residential homes.”
For such a premium residential offering, the apartments are keenly priced with one-bedroom units from £975pcm, two-bedrooms from £1,500pcm, and three-bedrooms from £1,800pcm and will appeal to young professionals and families alike. Viewing this property is highly recommended, book your appointment today.
Spark and Sons
Address: 45 Western Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JD
Telephone: 01273 220077
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