9 bedroom equestrian facility for saleAlbury Heath, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5
Guide Price £2,950,000
- Stunning Victorian Proportions
- 9 bedrooms
- 5 reception rooms
- Secondary accomodation
- Tennis court and swimming pool
- Stabling, paddocks and woodland
- EPC Rating = E
Hare Dene is located on an elevated promontory, on the southern edge of Albury Heath, a delightful area of heath and mixed woodland in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With the surrounding land falling gently, the property benefits from lovely countryside and woodland views. Hare Dene is within easy reach of several villages, including picturesque Shere, with its pretty stream and much filmed parish church. There are convenience stores, Post offices, churches, restaurants and public houses for daily needs plus an excellent farm shop at Abinger Hammer. A more extensive range of shops, supermarkets, banks and a weekly market is to be found at Cranleigh, whilst the complete range of shopping, leisure and cultural amenities are available at Guildford, Woking and Dorking.
Transport connections are good, with the A25 providing the cross link between the main radial trunk routes (A3, A24, A23) from London to the coast while the M25 provides access to the airports and the national motorway network. Main line rail stations at Guildford and Woking offer fast and frequent services into London. In addition, Gomshall or Chilworth stations, on the Tonbridge/Reading line, provide a direct route into Gatwick airport. There are a number of good state and private schools within easy reach, including Duke of Kent, Hurtwood House, Cranleigh, St Catherine's, Tormead, Lanesboorough and many others.
Recreational opportunities are conveniently located, with a number of golf clubs located in easy reach, polo at Ewhurst, and country sports at a number of local venues. There are good sports and leisure centres at Guildford, Cranleigh and Dorking, whilst the surrounding Surrey Hills offer miles of walking, cycling and riding directly from the house.
Shere: 1.7 miles, Gomshall 2.7 miles, Chilworth: 2.7 miles, Guildford: 5 miles, Cranleigh: 6 miles, M25 (J10): 10 miles
Dating from the 1850s, Hare Dene is a substantial and impressive Victorian country home in a superb rural location and surrounded by its own extensive grounds. Mellow elevations of brick and local ironstone also display some tile hanging and e xposed timbers under a steeply gabled roof topped off with the impressive red brick corbelled chimney stacks for which Albury has become well known.
Internally, the property benefits from elegant and spacious principal reception rooms, with high ceilings and large windows that lead the eye to the gardens and distant views beyond. Comprising two distinct parts that would originally have included the formal reception areas on the one hand and the service wing on the other, the property has, over its life become an integrated and highly flexible family home. For modern family occupation, where the need for study areas, TV and media rooms and less formal living areas have become important, Hare Dene offers immense flexibility to provide a bespoke solution for individual needs.
On the second floor, three bedrooms and a bathroom could be arranged as a separate apartment if desired.
Apart from the house, there is a former coach house now arranged as a four car garage with a three room flat above.
Gardens and Grounds
The beautiful grounds are a particular feature of this property. Approached from New Road via a long private lane, timber gates open onto an extensive gravelled forecourt and turning area to the front (north) of the main house and coach house. A spur from the drive drops down-hill to a stable block comprising four boxes and ancillary stores.
Areas of level lawn adjoining the drive include a number of mature trees, including pine, yew, oak, holly and others. Stone paved paths lead to the rear of the house and the formal gardens where a full width south-facing terrace provides the perfect location for relaxation and summer dining. Level lawns lead away from the terrace to the boundary where the land drops sharply away. Paths lead from the garden to a fence enclosed pool area, with paved surround and adjacent pool house. Beyond the pool, there is a recently re-laid hard tennis court and, from here, wonderful south-westerly views may be enjoyed.
Beyond the gardens there are a number of well-maintained fenced paddocks, a second stable block and areas of light woodland. An arrangement currently exists for the rent of further grazing land and an all-weather manège.
Square Footage: 4,842 sq ft
Acreage: 6.3 Acres
From Guildford, follow the A246, Epsom Road, through Merrow onto the dual carriageway. At the West Clandon traffic lights, turn right onto the A25, in the direction of Dorking, and, after 2.3 miles, turn right onto the A248, Sherbourne Road. After 0.4 mile turn left onto New Road. Follow this road up the hill and, after 0.8 mile, passing the cricket ground, turn right onto the driveway for Hare Dene.
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