York Villas (rear), Brighton, England

Model Polish Dacha ex-Bird Table home

This well travelled but nonetheless sturdy dwelling began life in the mind of a Polish traveller who, whilst holidaying in Austria with his wife, caught sight of a similar house in a characteristic Polish style, which inspired him to construct this bird table model upon his return to England.

After his death the man's widow offered the dwelling to her gardener, who in turn offered it to a neighbour, who in turn passed it on to her son, a renowned Polish writer.

The writer instantly presented the model to his small son, within the grounds of whose Post-Regency home it now rests.

Whether the building represents the style of a particular region, the current owners are unsure, but our research has revealed that the property is in the style of a classic Tatra mountain holiday home from South Eastern Poland.

The house is encircled by a charming wooden verandah decorated with ornate folk carvings and the decorative green shutters, with hearts cut through them, frame romantic vistas across the surrounding vegetation. The wording on the flag protruding from the roof translates as 'Robins'.

This glorious property is situated overlooking the Sussex coastal railway line, atop a wooded landscaped garden planted solely with blue flowers which bloom for a good part of the year.

The property benefits from no gas or electricity supply.
Limited access to street.
Excellent opportunity for first time buyer.
In need of renovation by loving new owner.

Location: Close to station and North Laines shopping/café area, the local semi-Polish restaurant, the Tin Drum and the excellent shopping amenities of Churchill Square. Fifteen minutes walk from seafront.

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$79,995 FREEHOLD

The Tatra Mountains, Poland