Modern architecture doesn’t get much funkier than this Patrick Gwynne masterpiece on the Sussex sea front. Gwynne was one of the most influential modern architects of the 20th century so BFB is really excited that this grade II listed beach house is not only brimming with 1960’s chic and crammed with cool technology but also great for families, with a heated outdoor pool, pool house and direct access to the beach.
Gwynne was renowned for his playful, curvy architecture and Vista Point is one of his best surviving examples, completed in 1970 and retaining its original wow factor almost 50 years on. The main living areas are on the first floor to make the most of the sea views, especially from the huge sitting room which has a wall of windows, designer furniture and sofa seating, plus high tech home entertainment comprising a 42” Sony Smart TV with catch up channels, a Samsung Blu-Ray Player and Bose Lifestyle stereo with CD player and Bluetooth receiver to stream music from a smart phone, tablet or laptop. Adjacent to the sitting room is the ultra modern dining room, also with sea views, and both these rooms open onto a wide tiled balcony that wraps around the front of the house with steps down to the garden. The large kitchen is classic 1960’s, with its matching mustard tiling and fitted units but it is also well equipped with all the utensils and crockery families will need, as well as modern appliances and gadgets including a bean-to-cup coffee machine, retro toaster, built in double oven, microwave and dishwasher.
On the ground floor, 5 bedrooms are divided into 2 wings by the sleek, wood-panelled spiral staircase that sweeps down the middle of the house into a funky lobby area with iconic ‘60’s patterned wallpaper. All the bedrooms are fresh and minimalist in style with fitted wardrobes, White Company linen and views of the garden, while the three modern bathrooms, tiled in turquoise, yellow and navy are true to the ‘60’s colour palate. The ground floor also has a utility room with washing machine and tumble drier.
Especially fab for families staying at Vista Point is over half an acre of landscaped, lawned garden with a stunning heated pool, safely enclosed within a glass wall, as well as a trampoline and access to the beach. Alongside the pool, a single storey pool house, complete with Bonzini table football, also means parents won’t have to keep to-ing and fro-ing to the house, thanks to a handy kitchenette and changing room with a shower and WC.
Vista Point comfortably sleeps up to 9 family and friends plus babies in cots, with 1 wooden and 1 travel cot provided. The ground floor is laid out as two ‘wings’ of bedrooms to either side of the central staircase and entrance hall. On one side of the house is the master bedroom with a king size bed and the ensuite ‘navy bathroom’ with a sunken bath, overhead shower, basin and WC; bedroom 2 which can be set up as a super king size bed or as twin room; bedroom 3 with a full size single bed; and the ‘yellow bathroom’ with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. At the other side of the lobby is bedroom 4, with a double bed; bedroom 5 with full size bunk beds; and the ‘turquoise bathroom’ with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.
Vista Point boasts a prime location on the Sussex seafront at East Preston, which is only 1 mile from Angmering station, with direct trains from Central London taking just 90 minutes.
The house is set on a quiet, private estate which has very little traffic and parents can easily stroll to the shops, pubs and cafes of East Preston, including a beach cafe in summer. Angmering also has a village shop, more pubs and both Chinese and Indian take-aways.
All the main supermarkets are close by to arrange grocery deliveries and regular farmers markets are held in Worthing, Chichester, Arundel and Lewes. The owners of Vista Point also highly recommend Cook Food, who have a shop less than a mile away to pick up high quality pre-prepared meals and details of a local caterer for special occasions can be found at kateskitchen-rh14.co.uk
From the end of the garden, Vista Point has direct access to a scrunchy shingle beach where children will enjoy collecting pretty pebbles and skimming them into the sea - or simply filling their buckets and parents pockets to play with later!
Just a few minutes’ drive down the coast, at the seaside town of Littlehampton, the East Beach Cafe is not just a popular spot for a Sunday brunch but also a local landmark, with its award winning mussel shell design by Heatherwick. Parents can also indulge children with classic seaside fun, including a small fairground with indoor soft play and bouncy castles on the sandy beach.
The bright lights of Brighton is 30-40 minutes drive, providing plenty of things to fill a day, from chilling in one of the beach boardwalk cafes, to finding kitsch antiques in the ‘Laines’ to blowing a few quid in the amusement arcades and on fairground rides. BFB recommends People, a sophisticated tapas bar and deli a few minutes’ walk from the BCP car park on Regency Square, which has a cool yet family-friendly vibe and excellent menu including specials for niños.
For a fab family day out, try Drusilla’s Park and zoo near Alfriston (just under an hour by car). It will keep toddlers entertained for hours with its animal attractions, two special playzones for under sixes, the indoor paint’n’make section and fantastic Thomas the Tank Engine ride complete with real life Sir Toppham Hat, A.K.A the Fat Controller to less PC generations! Parents can also fall back on play days at The Flying Fortress, Playzone, Fishers Farm and Amazon Adventure.
A couple of other things you may like to add that are closer than Drusilla’s Park: Wetland Centre at Arundel (under 20 mins away); Aldingbourne Country Centre - 25 mins away)
Nearest Medical Services : Accident and Emergency at Worthing Hospital (15 minutes), Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH