Houses by the seaside always have a special atmosphere. It might be the marine light and big skies, or perhaps it’s the sense of finality to the view, knowing that nothing will ever replace the seascape that ebbs and flows in perpetual motion outside.

Moyra and Ed have converted the ground floor into a separate apartment they rent out via Airbnb. The spectacular fireplace is original

Moyra and Ed have converted the ground floor into a separate apartment they rent out via Airbnb

Designed by architect Decimus Burton in the early 19th century, when the town was the pleasure ground of the British aristocracy, the building is the couple’s latest seafront acquisition as the once run-down town rapidly transforms

Moyra and Ed have converted the ground floor into a separate apartment they rent out via Airbnb. The spectacular fireplace is original

The spectacular fireplace is original

The couple restored the original stone staircase and wrought iron bannisters. Original drawings by Gerry Whale

The couple restored the original stone staircase and wrought iron bannisters

The couple restored the original stone staircase and wrought iron bannisters. Original drawings by Gerry Whale

Original drawings by Gerry Whale

The peacock light on the half landing is by local lighting artist Philip Oakley. An original piece from Blackpool Illuminations, the lights come on in moving sequence as you walk past

The peacock light on the half landing is by local lighting artist Philip Oakley. An original piece from Blackpool Illuminations, the lights come on in moving sequence as you walk past

The main living area has floor-length windows with views out to sea. The rattan chaise longue is by Poul Kjaerholm

The rattan chaise longue is by Poul Kjaerholm

The steel-framed doors were made by a local craftsman. The chairs are originals by Alvar Aalto from De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill

The steel-framed doors were made by a local craftsman. The chairs are originals by Alvar Aalto from De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill

The bedroom, at the back of the apartment, with a window to the bathroom behind. The chair is by Niko Kralj

The bedroom, at the back of the apartment, with a window to the bathroom behind. The chair is by Niko Kralj

Steps from the kitchen down to the bathroom and bedroom

Steps from the kitchen down to the bathroom and bedroom

Looking the other way, towards the sea. The refectory table is from London Rd. and the stools are from Object

The refectory table is from London Rd. and the stools are from Object

Looking the other way, towards the sea. The refectory table is from London Rd. and the stools are from Object

The view from the back window is a sea of green

Looking from the kitchen back towards the living area. The light on the wall is another piece by Philip Oakley

The vintage haberdasher’s cabinet is from ebay

You can almost hear the building singing with happiness that its former glory has at last been returned

You can almost hear the building singing with happiness that its former glory has at last been returned

Looking from the kitchen back towards the living area. The light on the wall is another piece by Philip Oakley

Looking from the kitchen back towards the living area. The light on the wall is another piece by Philip Oakley

Looking from the sitting area into the kitchen. The leather sofa is by Heals. The armchair is from Tilt St. Leonards. The metal ceiling light is by Dutch company Moooi. A giant roll of cord from vintage haberdashers Wayward is used as a side table

Looking from the sitting area into the kitchen. The leather sofa is by Heals. The armchair is from Tilt St. Leonards. The metal ceiling light is by Dutch company Moooi. A giant roll of cord from vintage haberdashers Wayward is used as a side table

The main living space is in what was originally the ballroom of the house. The paintings are by house owner Ed Williams, inspired by the Soviet-era artworks in the nearby Baker Mamonova Gallery

The main living space is in what was originally the ballroom of the house. The paintings are by house owner Ed Williams, inspired by the Soviet-era artworks in the nearby Baker Mamonova Gallery

The main living area has floor-length windows with views out to sea. The rattan chaise longue is by Poul Kjaerholm

The main living area has floor-length windows with views out to sea

Dieter Rams’ shelving by Vitsoe Above left: The garden seen through the kitchen window at the back of the house. The vintage haberdasher’s cabinet is from ebay

Dieter Rams’ shelving by Vitsoe

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Leida Nassir-Pour

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