Phil Spencer reveals Great Gatsby style party house from the 1930s

Ultimate £3m Art Deco party house with a heated pool and private BEACH is unveiled by Phil Spencer – and there are even hidden passages for secret late night trysts between rooms

  • Phil Spencer has been exploring 100 Homes That Made Britain on Channel 4
  • Last night’s episode  revealed the extravagant Sandcastle in Eastborne
  • Party house was built in the 1930s and has secret passage ways between rooms
  • Claimed Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII used it as a secret hideaway   

An incredible Art Deco style party house was revealed by Phil Spencer on 100 Homes That Changed Britain last night.

The Sandcastle in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, was built in the early Thirties with the intention of housing extravagant parties akin to the Great Gatsby. 

The home, which is worth £3million, has a pool, bar, incredible panoramic views, and it’s own private beach. There are also hidden passages between rooms to allow guests to enjoy late night trysts without being discovered. 

It is even believed that Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson later chose it as a secret hideaway in which to continue their controversial relationship, thanks to its private setting. 

The Sandcastle in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, pictured, was built in the early Thirties with the intention of housing extravagant parties akin to the Great Gatsby

Fashion designer Bruce lived in the house for 10 years, and has converted it back to the style it once would have been in it’s heyday. Pictured, one of the stylish living spaces 

The home, which is worth £3million, has a pool, bar and incredible panoramic views, pictured

Bruce reveals that every wardrobe had it’s own secret removable panel at the back, which allowed guests to sneak between rooms without maids or house staff knowing, pictured

Phil Simpson explored the home on last night’s 100 Homes That Changed Britain with current owner Bruce, a fashion designer.

He has lived in the house for 10 years, and has converted it back to the style it once would have been in it’s heyday. 


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The house was built with parties in mind, and allowed guests to party in a separate area while the staff work elsewhere.  

Bruce reveals that every wardrobe had it’s own secret removable panel at the back, which allowed guests to sneak between rooms without maids or house staff knowing. 

The house was built with parties in mind, and allowed guests to party in a separate area while the staff work elsewhere. Pictured, the stunning reception area offers views of the sea

Bruce reveals the house is actually less exuberant than it would have been in the 30s, as the pool, pictured, is smaller and there is no racquets court anymore

He also says that the house is actually less exuberant than it would have been in the 30s, as the pool is smaller and there is no racquets court anymore.  

The property still has five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a wine cellar and sits on approximately an acre of land. 

The house is been restored to it’s old spirit, and has period features abound including elegant fireplaces and curved windows overlooking the gardens and sea  in the main reception room to the in-built kitchen cabinetry. 

The Art Deco curves of the staircase and walls give the home a distinctive look 

The ‘bedroom wing’ is on the ground floor, and features four en-suite bedrooms, though the master suite also has a dressing room 

The ‘bedroom wing’ is on the ground floor, and features four en-suite bedrooms, though the master suite also has a dressing room.  

Outside, landscaped gardens cover an acre of land, with formal lawns, borders and that exquisite heated pool giving the place a remarkable ‘caught in time’  appeal.

 ‘Everything was designed for guests to have a good time,’ owner Bruce admits. 

Outside, pictured, landscaped gardens cover an acre of land, with formal lawns, borders and that exquisite heated pool giving the place a remarkable ‘caught in time’ appeal

The stunning seaside location of the home offers breathtaking views of the coast, pictured

 

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