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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Ropes Lane, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27

Sold STC £1,150,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4/5 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • kitchen
  • dining hall
  • drawing room
  • cloaks/wc
  • studio / study
  • breakfast room
  • landscaped garden
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold




Dating from around 1900, Ropes is the major wing of a fine Arts and Crafts country house by Charles Voysey a celebrated architect of that period. Originally known as Oakhurst, the house has been resided in by the renowned industrialist Arthur Balfour - later Baron Riverdale. The property was extended in 1919 and it is understood that it was also utilised as a children's home during the Second World War after which it was divided into two wings and re-named. Internally the property displays many of the classical Arts and Crafts characteristics including the use of much good quality oak joinery, large bay windows and in particular the dramatic semi-circular arched stone fireplace in the dining hall. Large south facing windows to the drawing room and principal bedrooms create a sense of light and space. This interesting and historic property comes to the market for the first time since 1983 and whilst it would now benefit from sympathetic upgrading and restoration it does offer the opportunity to create a spacious and comfortable family home of great charm in an idyllic rural

The accommodation of Ropes is well laid out and is illustrated on the floor plans included in this brochure.

Gardens and Grounds

The property is approached from the lane via a long shared drive leading to a spacious forecourt with space for turning and parking of several vehicles.

Surrounding the house on three side the grounds comprise two terraces adjoining the house with steps leading both up and down to different garden areas. To the south the land rises gently away from the house and comprises an area of lawn bounded by hedges and mature trees. On the lower level there is a further area of level lawn with a fine Magnolia tree, a large lily pond and a pergola adjoining the house where there is also access to a small basement garden store. A wrought iron gate and steps from this lawn lead to a lower level where a former swimming pool is now overgrown. To the north side and adjoining the drive is a small grass paddock. Beyond the gardens the adjoining woodland provides a high level of privacy and seclusion. In all circa 1.2 acres.



Ropes occupies a pleasantly secluded rural situation off a quiet lane on the outskirts of Fernhurst. Lying just inside West Sussex and also within The South Downs National Park the village enjoys the protection that implies whilst also being within reach of all necessary amenities. Fernhurst benefits from a thriving range of services for daily needs and community activities as can be seen from the village website at

Just under 4 miles away, the attractive and historic town of Haslemere offers a good range of amenities including churches, shopping, banks, restaurants and local societies as well as a main line rail station where there is a fast and frequent service to Waterloo in around 50 minutes. Road communications are good too with the main A286 and the A3 trunk route via the new Hindhead tunnel providing access to both London and Portsmouth and the airports via the M25 at Wisley. There is a wide choice of both state and private schools within easy reach including St Ives, The Royal School, St Edmunds, King Edwards and Barrow Hills among many others. Recreational opportunities includes golf at a number of local clubs,
multi-activity sport centres at Haslemere and Godalming, polo at Midhurst, racing and flying at Goodwood and sailing at Chichester harbour. In addition, the surrounding magnificent countryside offers unrivalled walking and riding including the Sussex Border long-distance footpath.

Square Footage: 3,696 sq ft
Acreage: 1.29 Acres


From Guildford and London, follow A3 south to the Milford exit and then take the A286 for about 10 miles through Haslemere to Fernhurst.

On entering Fernhurst just past the 30 speed limit sign turn left into Hogs Hill. Follow this lane for 0.6 mile past the Red Lion pub and village green then turn left into Ropes Lane. The entrance to Ropes will be seen between two stone pillars on the right hand side after about 0.2 mile.

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21 July 2016

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