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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Pewley Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU1

Guide Price £2,625,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Drawing room
  • Conservatory
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Study
  • Games room
  • Five bedrooms
  • Four bathrooms
  • Utility room

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A wonderful opportunity to live in a historic property in the heart of Guildford. This Grade II listed house has five bedrooms, four reception rooms, superb views and is moments away from Guildford town centre.


Semaphore House occupies a convenient, elevated location in one of Guildford's premier residential roads that benefits from some outstanding westerly views over the town to the Cathedral and beyond. The property is ideally placed for access to local services and communications. Guildford's historic town centre offers a comprehensive range of shopping, cultural and leisure amenities that include the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Electric Theatre, a multiplex cinema and the G-Live entertainment venue. There are also two main line stations providing fast and frequent services into London and Gatwick Airport, with journey times to Waterloo from around 35 minutes. The A3 provides a direct route to London and the south coast, linking at Wisley with the M25 for the airports and the national motorway network.

There is a good selection of schools in the area, including Holy Trinity, Lanesborough, the Royal Grammar, Guildford High, Tormead, St Catherine's, Charterhouse, Cranleigh and many others. Guildford lies on the northern edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Pewley Down just a couple of hundred yards away at the end of the road. From here, there is direct access to miles of countryside, including Chantry Wood, St Martha's Hill and the well-known beauty spot of Newlands Corner on the North Downs Way, offering miles of walking, riding and cycling. Recreational opportunities include the Spectrum Sports and Leisure Centre, golf at a number of local clubs, polo at Ewhurst and racing at Epsom and Sandown Park.

Guildford Town Centre: 0.4 miles, Guildford Station: 0.8 miles, A3: 1.6 miles, M25 (J10): 9 miles, Heathrow: 24 miles, London: 32 miles (all mileages approximate)


Semaphore House is a notable Guildford property on the slopes of Pewley Hill, close to Pewley Down and Guildford High Street. This unique Grade II listed property offers spacious and flexible accommodation over four floors. On the ground and lower ground floors are a number of reception rooms, including a wonderful double aspect drawing room.
The four bedrooms and three bathrooms are located on the first and second floors and of note is the master bedroom with its dual aspect windows and en suite bathroom with dressing area. There is also a family room/bedroom five on the second floor. Many of the rooms overlook the fabulous gardens.

A key feature of the house is the iconic cupola with panoramic 360 degree views across Guildford and the surrounding countryside, currently accessed via a ship's ladder on the second floor. Far-reaching views can be enjoyed from this room and it would serve as a perfect home office if required. There remains scope to extend the house (subject to the necessary consents) to the side and rear.
The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and immaculately maintained by the current owners, with areas that have been laid to lawn, water features and manicured beds.

The property is steeped in history, dating back to about 1822. This private house with its distinctive cupola was once part of a vital naval communications route. Semaphore messages, and the 1 o'clock time signal, were passed between London and Portsmouth along a chain of 13 stations, about five miles apart.


From the Guildford central gyratory system, follow the A281, signed Horsham, and then almost immediately turn left onto the High Street and then right onto Quarry Street. After about 150 yards, turn left onto Castle Street, then right onto South Hill, then immediately left onto Pewley Hill. Semaphore House will be found on the left immediately after the junction with Semaphore Road.

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Added on Rightmove:
24 June 2016

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