Hammer horror star Peter Cushing’s two-bedroom Whitstable home goes on the market for £1.4 million
The home of a hammer horror star has hit the market – and the two-bedroom Kent cottage could be yours for £1.4million.
Peter Cushing OBE, who starred in countless horror films including Dracula and Dr Frankenstein, lived in the Whitstable property for the last 25 years of his life, up until his death in 1994 at the age of 81.
Some of his most notable roles include evil Grand Moff Tarkin, commander of the Death Star and ‘boss’ of Darth Vader in the original 1977 Star Wars, and Van Helsing, in Christopher Lee’s Dracula.
And the actor hit the big screen again in recent years, when Star Wars bosses used CGI to bring him back to life to reprise his role in 2016 spin-off Rogue One.
In recent times, the empty house had become dilapidated, prompting horror fans to fear that the actor’s legacy was not being protected.
Actor Peter Cushing’s former home (pictured) a two bedroom property in the Kentish town of Whitstable, has gone on the market for £1.4 million
But now, following an extensive refurbishment, the seaside property has been restored to its former glory.
The white house, which boasts a prime location on the town’s seafront, has been a destination for horror fans keen to see the blue plaque dedicated to the gravel-voiced British actor.
Three Seaway Cottages, in Wave Crest, is one of the area’s most recognisable properties, according to Harvey Richards & West of Whitstable, which is marketing the home.
Describing the house as being ‘nestled in the heart of Whitstable’s popular conservation area’, the listing says the ‘picture postcard period’ house has ‘wonderful far reaching sea views’.
The freehold property, which has a small front garden, is set back from the beach, and is behind the seawall.
Access to the home is via a ‘quiet pebbled private road’, which is being used by the current owners as parking.
According to the property’s listing: ‘A small white garden gate leads you into the front garden, which has a beautiful herringbone patio area, perfect to sit and enjoy Whitstable’s famous sunsets.
‘Once through the front door you enter into a handy and interesting glazed corridor which stretches the width of the property.
Among the property’s offerings are two characterful reception rooms on the ground floor – both of which are described as ‘light and airy’ spaces
The master bedroom, on the first floor, has a large viewing window, so occupants can see out across the sea
Hammer horror star: actor Peter Cushing is seen in a scene from the 1969 film Frankenstein Must be Destroyed
Peter Cushing appears in Rogue One – from beyond the grave
Peter Cushing may have been best known for bringing life to ghostly characters, but in an unlikely twist, the actor was brought back from the dead himself in 2016.
After playing the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in the original 1977 Star Wars movie, the actor reprised it in 2016 – despite having died in 1994.
CGI was used to digitally recreate the character in the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.
Speaking in 2015, ahead of the film’s release, a source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever.
‘Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out.’
Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in the original 1977 Star Wars
Characterful: the estate agent describes the property as being decked out with features that add character – like the fireplace
The house boasts a stylish colour palette of darker and lighter wood, mixed with classic white paint
‘From there, there are two access points, either the main front door which opens into the hallway or a set of French doors that open into the living area.’
Arranged over three floors, the property boasts two main reception rooms and two extremely large double bedrooms.
The reception rooms are ‘open plan and are extremely light and airy’.
They are packed with characterful features including a brick fireplace and built in shelving.
Historical: the walls of the house are adorned with a blue plaque, in memory of the actor who once lived there
Airy: the house’s second bedroom, which is on the first floor, is a spacious double room offering lots of light
The room also boasts French doors, leading to this balcony, which allows for stunning views of the Kentish coast
Sharing the first floor with the second bedroom is the family bathroom, which boasts a calming green colour palette and a three-piece suite
An airy and spacious kitchen diner is found on the ground floor of the house, which leads to an covered outdoor dining area
The house’s residents can make the most of the picturesque location, eating in the protected outdoor dining space
As well as space at the front of the property, the home also has a south easterly facing back garden (pictured)
The rear garden (pictured) of the home has a shed, as well as a part-paved, part-law configuration
Meanwhile, access to the front garden is via this quaint white gate, which leads to a herringbone patio area
Residents access the front of the property via a private road, which is being used for parking by the current owners
According to the estate agent, the house is located in a ‘a picturesque beach front position’ in Whitstable
Also on the ground floor are the spacious kitchen/diner, a utility room and laundry room, and a downstairs W/C.
When it comes to the sleeping quarters, the master bedroom, which has a large viewing window offering ‘the most amazing views’, has its own shower room and is on the second floor.
Meanwhile, the second bedroom is on the first floor, and has fantastic sea views and French doors leading out onto the balcony. It shares the floor with a family bathroom.
The home also has a south eastern rear garden, which can be accessed via the utility room or French doors in the kitchen, and boasts a storage shed as well as both paving and a lawn.
Harvey Richards & West of Whitstable (01227 771196) are marketing Peter Cushing’s former home.