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7 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Ripley, Surrey, GU23

Guide Price £17,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed Country House
  • 10 cottages
  • Extensive range of outbuildings and garages
  • Formal gardens and grounds
  • Parkland
  • Outdoor swimming pool and tennis court
  • Equestrian facilities including manège and pastureland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Occupying a delightful rural setting, yet only 25.8 miles from central London, Dunsborough Park is an exceptional property offering a combination of residential and amenity assets.


Dunsborough Park occupies a wonderful position with lovely rural views on the edge of the picturesque village of Ripley. The larger town centres of Woking and Guildford are 4.9 and 7.7 miles respectively, both with fast mainline rail services to London Waterloo. Communications are excellent: Central London (Knightsbridge) is 25.8 miles by road; both private and commercial airports are within easy reach including Farnborough Airport 18.7 miles away; train services are frequent with a good service to London (from 28 minutes to London Waterloo from Woking and services to stations on the South Coast); comprehensive local shops are at Guildford and there are excellent local restaurants, picturesque villages and farmers’ markets in the surrounding area. It is also close to a number of excellent schools including St. George’s Weybridge, Parkside, ACS International, Reeds, Feltonfleet at Cobham, The Dutch School at Woking, RGS Guildford, Tormead School, Guildford High School and Charterhouse.

Local amenities in the area include Golf at Wisley, Queenwood, Pyrford, Woking, St George’s Hill, Burhill, West Byfleet, West Hill, Worplesdon, Sunningdale, Wentworth, Coombe Hill and Walton Heath; The Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford; Arts at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and the New Victoria Theatre in Woking; Racing at Sandown Park, Ascot, Windsor, Epsom, Kempton Park and Lingfield; Polo is available at Guards Polo Club, Hurtwood Park and the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.


Main House
The front door opens into a traditional flagstone hall with staircase and provides access to a card room with a fireplace with delft tiled surround. The principal reception rooms consist of an elegant drawing room, morning room, sitting room and dining room.

The kitchen and breakfast room have exposed wooden beams, an island, double Aga and larder. The kitchen provides access to the large conservatory overlooking the garden and also leads on through a family room into the domestic offices including a laundry room, flower room and access to the rear courtyard. On the upper floors are six well proportioned double bedrooms, five of which are en suite, a further family bathroom and various attic store rooms.

To the rear of the house is a separate entrance off the Milk Road which leads into the cobbled courtyard. There is a 4 car garage with a car lift, a separate double garage, workshop, stables, store rooms and office. To the southern end of the house is the concert hall with a viewing gallery and high ceiling. It is believed that this building was originally used for the English sport ‘Fives’. A wooden floor sits over what was previously an indoor swimming pool. We are told that the foundations are still in place should a purchaser wish to revert the use.

Beautifully landscaped and maintained, the gardens are a spectacular feature at Dunsborough Park. Formally laid out in the 18th Century, the gardens have been gradually improved and extended since with a ha-ha surrounding the perimeter.

To the north of the house is a series of traditional Edwardian greenhouses (now requiring modernisation) and the walled gardens, divided into four main areas: a rose garden, a knot garden, a wild garden-orchard and a topiary garden. On entering the walled garden the Penelope Hobhouse borders provide a pathway across the top of the various garden sections, the first of which is immediately visible from the greenhouses, with a central pathway leading to some double wrought iron gates, bordered on both sides by mature apple espaliers. To the northern end is a magnificent Dutch garden with a huge array of tulips and a 70 ft long Ginkgo hedge.

The southern end of the walled gardens feature The White Garden, a secluded and natural area with a Mulberry tree thought to be over 300 years old. The Rose Walk runs parallel to the southern flank of the walled gardens and leads to The Italian Garden, a secluded area with high yew hedges and an oblong pool edged with York paving, all surrounded by a grass lawn. To the northern end of the Rose Walk is The Water Garden. Large blocks of stone create shallow pools with flowing water, all heading to Ockham Mill stream at the lower end, running underneath a picturesque stone bridge and pavilion.

A lawn extends out from the western side of the house as far as the ha-ha. To the south lies the hard tennis court, an old grass tennis court and outdoor swimming pool, with an impressive grotto with waterfall alongside.

Estate Cottages
The estate benefits from some excellent secondary accommodation in the form of 10 cottages, most of which are currently let on AST. Set within the courtyard behind the main house, The Coach House is located above the offices and provides a 3 bedroom flat. The Potting Shed lies further up the garden and has been converted to provide a 2 bedroom cottage.

Numbers 1, 2, 7 & 8 Dunsborough Cottages are all accessed off the Milk Road. Number 1 comprises 3 bedrooms; Number 2 has two bedrooms with Numbers 7 & 8 each providing 3 bedrooms.

North, East, South and West Lodges sit on four corners of the large Tudor style gatehouse at the main entrance. West Lodge and East Lodge have 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and reception room whilst North Lodge and South Lodge comprise 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and reception room.

Extending west away from the house lies the parkland. A gate from the gardens gives access at the northern corner of the park, with a track leading down the northern edge towards the equestrian facilities. Further north a large meadow area stretches out to the River Wey.

Equestrian Facilities
To the far west of the parkland are the equestrian facilities, currently let on a commercial lease. A 60m x 25m sand/rubber floodlit manège was installed in 2009. The yard is surrounded by 13 boxes with 4 extra boxes located in the park. There are also 3 move-able stables around the courtyard and in the paddocks and 2 foaling boxes (one used as a tack room/kitchen, another for storage/dry room). Around the yard is an office/WC and hay barn and a large barn is located between the courtyard and the four stable block.

Square Footage: 9,617 sq ft
Acreage: 107.9 Acres

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