The house that is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll to write his “Alice” books has just come on the market. Lewes Crescent is located in Brighton and boasts a rabbit warren-like tunnel that leads from the house down to the beach front. The general assumption is that Carroll saw and was inspired by the tunnel during one of his visits to the coastal town. Though perhaps apocryphal, the story holds sway in the popular imagination, and Lewes Crescent has become famous for its literary connections.
The house was in a dilapidated state as recently as January of 2014, but it has since been renovated and returned to its Regency era glory by property developer Barry Grogan. “The house is like a new build dressed up in Regency clothing,” said Grogan. “That is the way we have been billing it because it has retained all of its original features but has been brought firmly into the 21st century.”
Lewes Crescent is five stories and features five bedrooms, three sleek new bathrooms, an updated kitchen, a cinema room, a steam room, underfloor heating on the ground floor, an impressively-stocked library, a 65-foot private garden in the rear, and, of course, the famous tunnel. The property itself has a stunning view of the Sussex Downs.