This fabulous country house was built c.1900 and sits in an elevated position on the south facing slopes of Winterfold, surrounded by glorious, mature and established gardens which back directly on to open countryside. The property is full of character features and elegant proportions, with an attractive outlook from every room. The current owners have lived in the property for 34 years.
An oak front door opens from the gable porch into the welcoming hallway which retains the original brick fireplace. On your left is a double aspect sitting room at the centre of which is an adam-style fireplace with marble surround, housing a log burning stove. A window seat is perfectly positioned allowing you to sit and enjoy a view of the terrace and the amazing magnolia. An arch leads to a small snug which is currently used as a wine store and there is a door to a west facing conservatory with a tiled floor. Off the hallway is a downstairs cloakroom with a suite comprising a corner shower, basin, bidet and wc.
The dining room is a handsome room that has a beautiful inglenook fireplace at one end with an oak bressumer, quarry tiled hearth and log fire. This room is double aspect and enjoys magnificent views over the front lawns to the woodland beyond. An arch from the hall leads to the triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room which looks out to the gardens. This room has a tiled floor and is fitted with a range of base and eye-level pine units topped with a granite worktop and inset white butler sink. Integral appliances include a five burner gas hob, double electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and double fridge freezer. A door from the kitchen opens into a small, walled courtyard with a wrought iron gate that leads to the terrace which surrounds the house.
A turning staircase rises from the hall to the first floor accommodation comprising five double bedrooms, family bathroom and ‘jack and jill’ bathroom to bedrooms two and three. The master bedroom enjoys a triple aspect and fabulous views over a canopy of trees and the gardens. There are a range of fitted wardrobes offering ample storage. Bedrooms two and three are both double aspect and share a bathroom which has a tiled floor and a suite made up of a bath with Victorian-style taps and handheld shower, basin and lavatory. Bedrooms four and five enjoy a front aspect with elevated views and both benefit from ample built-in storage. The family bathroom comprises an ivory suite and is made up of a bath, with Victorian-style taps, basin and lavatory.
The gardens are an outstanding feature of the property and make the most of the elevated position. The driveway is approached through electric gates and climbs to a gravel parking area. To the front of the property is lawn with steps leading down to the garage and the road. A stone terrace surrounds the house and there are several pathways that lead up into the rear garden, which is planted with a variety of mature trees and shrubs that provide a show throughout the year. There is a terrace of lawn that make the most of the views and from a seat at the top of the garden you can see as far as the South Downs. The garden backs directly onto Winterfold Hill and open countryside. In total there is over 3,000 acres of wood and heathland to explore, making it absolutely ideal for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riding.
The village of Cranleigh is 2 miles away and offers a wide range of facilities including a modern health centre, library and a leisure centre. The High Street is lined with pavement cafes and restaurants; there are also a range of stylish independent shops and also better known names such as M&S Food, WHSmiths and Sainsburys. There is a good choice of schooling in both the private and the state sector, including the renowned Cranleigh School, The Duke of Kent in Peaslake and Longacre School at Shamley Green.
There is a commuter stations at Clandon which is 8 miles away and access to the A3/M25 is another 3 miles beyond at Ripley. The county town of Guildford is 10 miles away and provides a mainline rail service with a fast service into Waterloo. There is also access to the A3 for central London and the M25. The range of shops are a match for the best streets in central London. There is also a modern multi-screen cinema and The Spectrum leisure centre offers ice skating, bowling, swimming pools, gym facilities and athletics track. The area is well served with golf courses, sports clubs and riding stables.