Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8QZ
IN A SUPERB HEATHLAND SETTING
Hallams Court benefits from what can only be described as a magical location. Accessed across Blackheath Common, an area of outstanding natural beauty and dominated by common woodland areas, it is sheltered by its own extensive and varied grounds that offer complete privacy. Aside from Blackheath, the surrounding countryside includes St Martha's Hill and Newlands Corner, and is some of the prettiest in Surrey.
With vistas stretching over the rolling, unspoilt countryside in the direction of Farley Green, it is hard to believe that Hallams Court lies just on the edge of the small Surrey village of Blackheath with its village community hall, local pub and church. It also has a good cricket club tucked away within the common.
The celebrated architect Norman Shaw designed the original house The Hallams in 1903 and the Coach House, now Hallams Court, was later extended in around 1953. However, over recent years it has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the current vendors, almost without recourse to cost. Beautifully symmetrical, Hallams Court benefits from a very logical layout, with a good flow between the key reception rooms, ideal for family living or lavish entertaining alike.
Internally, the rich, polished oak panelling (most obvious in the grand Entrance Hall and Billiards Room) looks as if it has been there since the turn of the last century, and the majestic barley twist balustraded staircase - with a wonderful galleried landing incorporating a first floor Library - is a feature in its own right.
Other important internal characteristics include large lead light windows, stone quoins around doorways, impressive chimneypieces and well proportioned rooms. The large Drawing Room is of particular note and has direct access to the Terrace and waterfall garden.
The Dining Room - with a Conservatory off it - lies opposite the Kitchen/Breakfast Room, which operates as the heart of the home. Boasting a range of oak wall and floor units, work surfaces are topped with cashmere gold granite and appliances are state of the art, including a module Aga, with hob, which can be run on electricity, oil or gas. There is a well positioned Family Room off one end of the kitchen, with a Jotul log burner in the large Inglenook-style fireplace.
The panelled Billiards Room, complete with a fully fitted Bar and Cloakroom, lies to the other end of the house. There is also a panelled Study with a view over the approach to the property.
The luxurious Master Bedroom Suite has access to a private balcony with a staircase leading down to the outside swimming pool. Its En-Suite Bathroom has a shower and steam room as well as a Jacuzzi style bathtub. There is also a Dressing Room. The bedroom to bathroom ratio is unrivalled and there are a total of five additional bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Bedroom 6 boasts a Dressing Room / Nursery.
For more detailed information on accommodation, please refer to the floorplans:
The self contained Flat is found within the main residence and has its own external access or can be
reached from the first floor of Hallams Court. It comprises a Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Sitting
The Log Cabin stands within the lightly wooded grounds and provides the ideal getaway. With a decked frontage, it has a Kitchen/Living Room with log burner, 1 Bedroom and a Shower Room. It can be accessed via a spur off the main driveway.
To the side of the house lies ample Garaging as well as a Tractor Shed and an adjacent Workshop, complete with leadlight windows. The outbuildings are beautifully constructed and very much in keeping with the Edwardian style of the main house. The first floor has a magnificent battened ceiling with chamfered oak beams.
The very discreet Oil Tank Store/Kennel/Generator Store is a case in point and perfectly mirrors the brick built Pool Pavilion (which houses a Changing Area, Sauna, Shower and Cloakroom and separate Plant Room) directly opposite it. Note the original clock tower on the roof, which dates back to 1903.
Gardens and Grounds
The grounds have been beautifully and carefully landscaped to provide the perfect setting for Hallams Court. The sweeping driveway offers a magnificent view of the house, across the carp-stocked Lake and a wide area of lawn. It is arguably the perfect approach. The Waterfall Garden lies to the side of the house, with water-worn stone lending a sense of permanence. The sides form an alpine Rockery. Beyond and to the rear of Hallams Court is the heated outdoor Swimming Pool, kidney shaped and edged in pale stone. There is also a Hot Tub and a Terrace for alfresco dining. The immediate gardens are lightly timbered with many old oak trees (a natural link to the extensive polished oak within the house) and vistas stretching as far as Farley Green. A rich carpet of bluebells brings the area to life in the spring months.
Beyond lies an area of mixed old English Woodland as well as an attractive Rhododendron Walk. A useful secondary driveway provides a circuit through the grounds and woodland and provides vehicular access to
the Log Cabin.
IN ALL 12 ACRES
For daily needs, Chilworth offers trains to Guildford,Reading and Dorking, and the neighbouring villages of, Albury, Shere and Shamley Green provide a selection of shops, schools, churches, pubs and restaurants. The old market town of Guildford is just over 5 miles away, offering a wide range of shops, leisure facilities and transport links (Guildford to London Waterloo from 36 minutes). The A3 at Guildford offers good access to London and the coast and the national motorway
network is easily accessible via the M25 (junction 10 at Cobham). Heathrow and Gatwick Airports can be reached via the M25 in 30 and 35 miles respectively.
Good local schools are numerous and include nearby St Catherine's, Longacre Prep School and Cranleigh School. Charterhouse and King Edward's School are both in Godalming and there is ACS Cobham International School and Hurtwood House in Dorking. City of London Freemen's School is in Ashtead and Guildford boasts RGS, Prior's Field and Tormead, as well as Guildford High School for Girls. The area is famous for its outstanding countryside and there are endless opportunities for walking and riding.
From Guildford, take the A281 (signposted Horsham) and after about 11/2 miles, at the Shalford roundabout, turn left towards Wonersh and Shamley Green. Shortly after, turn left into Blackheath Lane. Follow this road through to the crossroads in Blackheath. Turn right to Shamley Green on to Littleford Lane. Turn left after about 1/2 a mile, just after a heathland car park, signposted "Hallams Court". Follow the gravelled track through the common to the signed and gated entrance to the property.
Property Reference Number: GBGURSLAC050013
- Sold in August 2013
- 6 bedrooms (1 master suite)
- 1 bed flat and log cabin
- Swimming pool complex
- About 12 acres
33 Margaret Street
+44 (0) 20 7016 3780