In Victorian times, Brighton was a holiday destination. Those wanting to get away from the soot in the city were only too keen to head to Brighton and its beaches. Reflecting the taste of the well to do, substantial homes were built. Although many of these homes have long gone, there are still many fine Victorian homes to be discovered, many of which have also embraced contemporary living.

1. Location: Oak Grove, Brighton

This double-fronted Victorian house in Brighton has been restored and updated for a family wanting the best of the past and present. The home’s façade and lacework has been restored, together with the original four front rooms (two on either side of the passage). However, to the rear is a striking two-storey addition by Pleysier Perkins. In contrast to the original home, the rear two-storey wing is fully glazed. At ground level there’s the open plan kitchen, dining and living areas, and above, are three children’s bedrooms. “The proportions of Victorian homes are usually generous, feeling even more spacious with their high ceilings,” says architect Simon Perkins, co-director of the practice.

2. Location: 66 Wilson Street, Brighton

This tuck-pointed red brick home is a landmark in the area. Featuring all the hallmarks of the Victorian era, there are striking architectural features including bay windows on the ground and first floor, ornate timber fretwork on the balconies and large arched windows. Rich Victorian leadlight surrounding the many windows and doors add richness to the detail. And although the house comes with all the latest mod cons, there’s a sense of walking into the past with the vermilion and mint green colour schemes popular in the late 19th century.

3. Location: 161 Church Street, Brighton

Marama as its known is one of Brighton’s most stately Victorian mansions. Complete with an impressive tower, the red brick pile takes the art of lavish living up several notches. Although the view of the bay from the tower is unrivaled, so too is the delightful garden aspect from the conservatory to the rear, added by Trethown Architects and designed in a style sympathetic to the original home.

4. Location: Cole Street, Brighton

Perkins Architects has reinvented this Victorian house in Cole Street, Brighton. While the original five front rooms have been restored, a contemporary new kitchen dining and living area has been thoughtfully added. One of the original front rooms has been transformed into a main bedroom, complete with a walk-in-dressing area and ensuite. “The dimensions in many of these larger Victorian homes are grand, well beyond the scale you often find today,” says architect Ian Perkins.

5. Kamesburgh : Location : 74-104 North Road, Brighton

Designed in 1874 by architect Lloyd Tayler, Kamesburgh is extraordinary not only in its scale, but also for its exceptional architectural details. Many of its features were inspired by the Renaissance period and include painted friezes by the well-known Paterson Brothers, also responsible for Villa Alba in Studley Park. The original stable still exists, although it’s unlikely that one will see a horse and carriage emerge!

Text by Stephen Crafti
Images courtesy of Brendan Finn (photographer) 

Oak Grove, Brighton. Images courtesy of Brendan Finn (photographer) 

Oak Grove, Brighton. Images courtesy of Brendan Finn (photographer) 

Oak Grove, Brighton. Images courtesy of Brendan Finn (photographer) 

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