8 bedroom detached house for saleFarnham Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27
- Sauna / Shower Room
- Stone mullion windows
- Ground floor cloakroom
- Summer house
- Generous Gardens
- Ground floor WC/Utility
- Family Bathroom
A distinguished country house of the Victorian period with splendid reception rooms and a wonderful unspoilt outlook with distant views
• Haslemere (trains to Waterloo from 49 mins)
• Godalming 9.2 miles (trains to Waterloo from 47 mins)
• Guildford 15 miles (trains to Waterloo from 35 mins)
• Gatwick Airport 34 miles
• Heathrow Airport 36 miles
• Central London 45 miles
(All distances, mileages and times are approximate)
• Main House
o Basement: Cellar · Cinema · Music room · Audio-visual room · Store
o Ground Floor: Reception hall · Dining room · Drawing room · Study (with conferencing) · Cloak room/Boot room · Kitchen/Family room · Utility room · Guest WC suite · Rear Hall leading to leisure complex and further guest WC suite
o Leisure complex: Integrated sound and lighting system throughout · Heated indoor swimming pool · Steam room · Heated spa · Changing room with shower and WC suite · Fully fitted out gymnasium with bar area and full size pool table
o First Floor: Master suite comprising bedroom, dressing room and bathroom · 2 further en suite bedrooms · Storage room
o Second Floor: 5 further en suite bedrooms and large study
o Third floor attic: Fully boarded loft storage area
Three double garages with first floor storage space · plant room · Two en suite bedroom cottage with kitchen/dining room · Rock garden · Japanese garden with summer house · Large four bedroom lodge house with pond, workshop and two outbuildings
In all approximately 17,000 sq ft (including garage and leisure complex) within about 4 acres
The popular attractive small market town and parish of Haslemere lies 15 miles southwest of Guildford between Weydown Common and Blackdown Ridge. This ancient settlement borders Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. There is an excellent range of local amenities including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, banks, restaurants, pubs, schools and a mainline train station (services to London Waterloo from 49 minutes). Guildford offers a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities. The high street has a Town Hall, Museum, cinema nearby and there is a farmer’s market regularly. The A3 provides access to London, the M25, international airports and the coast. Much of the surrounding countryside belongs to the National Trust at the top of the hill and Hindhead Common, an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, therefore offering great opportunities for riding and walking.
• Aldro, Shackleford
• Bedales School, Petersfield
• Charterhouse, Godalming
• Cranleigh School, Cranleigh
• Haslemere Preparatory School, Haslemere
• Highfield School, Liphook
• King Edward’s School, Witley
• Prior’s Field, Godalming
• Royal Grammar School, Guildford
• Royal Senior School for Girls, Hindhead
• St Catherine’s, Bramley
• St Edmunds School, Hindhead
• St Ives School, Haslemere
• Bramley Golf Course
• Hankley Common
• West Surrey
• Polo at Midhurst, Goodwood and Cowdray
• Racing at Goodwood, Epsom and Ascot
• Chichester Harbour
Thursley Hall is a superb family property occupying an elevated position located along an ancient sunken lane in the hills of Haslemere with superb access to the A3 yet offering outstanding rural views across the Polecat Valley to the hills of the South Downs and privacy. The property is accessed through CCTV-controlled electric gates at Thursley Lodge leading to a long winding private drive lined with mature trees. This has recently been relaid to tarmac with rustic stone chippings. It currently has approximately 15,000 square feet space with large rooms and high ceilings and the curtilage is approximately 4 acres.
This magnificent Victorian country house was built in 1884, possibly for a wealthy Dutch family owing to a number of characteristics, which include the belfry, the stained glass windows, some of which date back to 1665. The house itself, which is not listed, is in imposing Bargate stone with hanging tiled elevations and broad window bays taking full advantage of the elevated aspect this property enjoys. Its elevations are multi-gabled in the Victorian Wealden ‘Tudor-Gothic’ fashion, principally of stone with brick quoins to the ground floor and corbelled brick chimney stacks and bellcote. Since the current owners acquired the property in 2002, it has been undergone an extensive refurbishment program sympathetic to the original features of the property and has been substantially enlarged with full planning consent to create a huge leisure complex including a heated indoor pool, spa, steam room and shower/changing room complex with an extensive gymnasium containing extensive equipment including bar area and American pool table.
Every floor (mainly stone and carpet with underfloor heating throughout), ceiling, wall (including plaster features), utility, woodwork (including oak staircase, doors and skirting) are bespoke. The roof was completely replaced throughout as was every double-glazed hardwood windows. All plumbing including cast iron rainwater goods and wiring including CAT 5 and AV cables are from new.
The stone arched recessed porch with mosaic tiled floor, delightfully tiled walls with cameo over leads to a panelled front door with scrolled brackets and stained glass side panels. It opens into an impressive entrance hall with stone floor, original Adam style stone fireplace with mirrored overmantel, ornate cast iron grill cover, high ceilings with plaster cornice, chandelier and oak pillars. The eye is drawn in particular to the elegant split flight oak staircase leading to an extensive historic original stain glass window elevation overlooking the car turning circle, and onward with twin quarter turns to the first floor.
From the entrance hall, doors lead through to three large reception rooms including the dining room, morning room and drawing room, all with original stone fireplaces, and the latter two having superb south-westerly views over the garden. A cloakroom leading to the tiled secondary porch with classical style doorcase, and a guest WC with basin lie either side of the main staircase.
The Dining Room has high ceilings with plaster frieze and dual chandeliers, oak floor, the original open fireplace with original wooden overmantel and ornate chromium/cast iron grill.
The sunny and airy Morning Room has a broad window bay, high ceilings with plaster frieze and cornice, travertine stone flooring, a formal fireplace with large plasma TV above with integrated conferencing facility.
The huge 40 ft Drawing Room is approached by two oak full height doors, is double aspect with wide bay windows and window seats enjoying wonderful views across the grounds to the hills in the distance, and leads directly on to the sun terrace through double French doors. The room is sisal-carpeted with underfloor heating and enhanced with plaster cornice, a fine classical style stone fireplace with wooden ornate mantel.
A secondary staircase from the entrance hall also leads upwards to the first floor and down to an extensive basement (with underfloor heating throughout) containing a sound-prepared ceiling, walls and floor, with fully fitted home cinema with dedicated lighting, 9 ft screen & projector and games console wall fittings, music room, wine cellar and electronic plant room including fully distributed Lutron/Crestron control equipment with sound server, SKY, Sonos, IT, CCTV, as well as a shotgun cabinet.
The dual aspect kitchen/family room is over 35ft in length laid to travertine stone flooring with underfloor heating, provides splendid entertaining space including large plasma TV as it encompasses a breakfast bar and dining area. The bespoke handmade kitchen is fitted with solid granite worktops and encompasses integrated Miele appliances and ample storage units. The kitchen leads through single and double French doors to an extensive galleried elevated terrace laid to Indian sandstone overlooking the three ponds with two waterfalls, bounded by hand made cast iron railings. Opposite the kitchen are the hallway to the indoor leisure complex with rear entrance, and the hall leads to a large fully fitted utility area with integrated appliances and a further guest WC with basin.
The downstairs leisure area is laid to stone and contains the changing area/shower with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, WC with basin, a dedicated tiled steam room (with speakers), the heated 50 ft indoor pool with natural and honed Jerusalem Gold stone, and heated spa. There is underfloor heating throughout, CCTV and fully integrated lighting including LEDs and underwater lighting, and sound system. The upstairs currently contains a 60 ft gymnasium with a reinforced floor laid to marine ply and Amtico throughout, with extensive equipment, a bar area, SKY TV and sound system including integrated Sonos, as well as an 8ft pool table (with chandelier above) and associated equipment.
The light airy first floor galleried landing leads to the master suite, walk-in storage/plant room and two other large en suite bedrooms and rejoins the secondary staircase to the second floor. The master suite consists of a 33 ft dual aspect bedroom with high ceilings and far-reaching south westerly views over the hills of the South Downs leading to a large walk-in dressing room with ample cupboard storage, and also a huge luxury bathroom with southerly overlying the extensive garden and ponds. The en suite bathroom contains a large central round bath with chandelier above, plasma TV and integrated sound system, twin bespoke vanity sinks, a WC and twin walk in showers.
There are two further en suite bedrooms on the first floor each dual aspect and attractively decorated in a different style, one containing a shower and WC and the other larger room containing an original Adam style fireplace with ornate surround, marble tiled inset, cast iron and polished brass inset to fireplace, tiled hearth, original stain glass windows above a broad bay with far-reaching views over the extensive front garden and drive, leading to a suite with WC and elegant bath and sink.
There are six bedrooms on the second floor with five en suite and perfect for guests, whilst the front room is currently used as a large study. All rooms have plaster cornices and three rooms have original Victorian ornate cast iron fireplaces with raised grates. The views from the majority of rooms are breathtaking. The landing also leads to the walk-in linen storage/airing area, and a tertiary wooden staircase to the attic. The third floor is an extensive boarded lofted area with power supply currently used for storage.
Throughout the house the lighting can be programmed for different ambiences. There is an integrated sound system with speakers operating in the master bedroom suite, hallway, morning room, drawing room, kitchen/family room, leisure complex, cinema and ground floor terrace. There is network cabling, WiFi, Sky TV and a telephone system throughout the house. The property also benefits from CCTV and intruder and fire alarm linked into the Crestron control system.
In all, Thursley Hall is a substantial property, presented to the highest standard with several stunning rooms, making it perfect for entertaining or as a very comfortable and impressive family home.
Gardens and grounds
The extensive grounds extend to approximately four acres laid mainly to lawn bounded by mature trees, a bridleway and a large belt of woodland, affording the property greater privacy.
Before the front entrance is an impressive rockery with low walling and a flight of steps up to raised sun garden with circular stone walk, low walling, flower and shrub borders with a wonderful cherry blossom tree.
A cast iron ornamental side gate with Indian stone path, bordered by mature box hedge and shrubs, through well-tended level lawns enclosed by low Yorkstone walling and flowerbeds with mature Wisteria leading to a raised Sun Terrace with a feeding pond and ornate stone water fountain, providing a wonderful vantage point across the glorious gardens with panoramic views beyond.
A flight of stone steps opens on to a Croquet Lawn (used as a helipad) dominated by a magnificent ancient monkey puzzle tree and fringed by strategically landscaped banks of rhododendrons and further grassy banks in a parkland setting of copper beech, fir and acer lead to a sunken garden with rockery and stone walling and Pavilion beyond which is the original Japanese Water Garden with a succession of pools, acer, pieris and rhododendrons merging with the woodland beyond.
There are three ponds in the main garden with the largest stocked with numerous mature lilies, Koi carp and other freshwater fish, fed by a filtering pond with mini waterfall and draining through a larger boulder-clad waterfall into a fully pumped drainage pond. A further pond lies in the grounds of the Lodge House.
A further mature rockery garden/ornamental stream well stocked with herbaceous beds, shrub beds and mature horse chestnut and Douglas firs, leading to the garages via a main stone flight of stairs and a ‘hidden’ secondary external stairway.
The terrace outside the pool and kitchen has external speakers connecting to the house sound system and LED ground lighting bordering the dining area. There is also an external lighting circuit including LEDs integrated within the pond decking, stairways, garage, driveway and informal gardens.
There are several outbuildings including a self-contained two en suite bedroom garden flat with kitchen/dining area leads to the gardens and decking surrounding the ponds and streams. This is ideal for staff or guests.
A dedicated plant room contains the two brand new commercial Worcester Bosch gas boilers (each with a five year warranty), four hot water storage tanks, cold water storage plant, soft water conditioner, pool air conditioner, spa and swimming pool plant, all ensuring most water in the property is ‘outside’ the residential property.
The garage complex consists of three double garages with hand and car remote controlled double panelled garage doors and accessible storage space above, leading from the drive and large gravelled turning area for vehicles, above the guest cottage and overlooking the elevated rockery.
The property benefits from double electric dates at the foot of a long sweeping drive to the main house. The drive was recently completely relayed to tarmac and rustic stone chippings.
It benefits from mains water, gas, drainage, electricity, cable TV, broadband internet and WiFi. There is off road parking for many cars.
GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS
Waverley Borough Council
Water: Mains (non-metered family of four average household charge only)
Heating: Mains gas
Internet: Fibre optic broadband & WiFi
Thursley Hall (Band H)
The property is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession on completion for
Fixtures and fittings
Items regarded as fixtures and fittings whether mentioned in the particulars or not, are initially excluded from the sale although some items may be available by separate negotiation. This also applies to some furniture.
All viewings are strictly by prior appointment only with the Estate Agent.
From London, head south on the A3 signposted to Guildford and Portsmouth. Continue past Guildford and after passing through the Hindhead Tunnel, take the first turn on the left (A333) and take the fourth exit on the roundabout before immediately taking the third exit on the next roundabout towards Haslemere. Follow the Portsmouth Road for 2 miles crossing straight over an intervening roundabout before taking the second exit of the next two adjacent mini roundabouts on to the A287 towards Haslemere. Follow the long winding road down through Haslemere for 2.5 miles passing two sets of traffic lights including passing the ESSO petrol station on the left and Tesco on the right, before ascending the short Wey Hill. Turn left into St Christopher’s Green before immediately entering Farnham Lane. Thursley Hall is 0.7 miles up the lane on the left just past the letter box on the right. The entrance is on your left, after the Gate Lodge and a stone wall, via two sets of stone and brick piers with two sets of wrought iron electric security gates.
South Facing Garden
Large dining kitchen
Private back garden
Possibility to extend (Subject to planning)
Close to park
Separate dining room
Outskirts of town
Lots of storage space
Integrated Sonos Sound System
Ofsted Outstanding School Catchment Area
Large open plan kitchen / diner
Excellent Transport links to London
Off road parking
10 Double Bedrooms with 8 Ensuite
No Onward Chain
Access to residents Gym and Spa
Video Door Entry System
Large Balcony overlooking Landscaped Courtyard
Fully Integrated Neff Appliances
Close to local shops
Integrated sound system
Video door entry system
Ground floor access to property
Wooden double glazed windows
Gas central heating
Solid fuel open fire
Close to transport links
South facing garden
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
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