Notable Harold Falkner country manor house providing in excess of 9,000 sq ft of accommodation, including 6 bedrooms and an integral one bedroom apartment, all set within about 3.5 acres.
Runfold Manor is a notable early 20th Century country house situated at the end of a private driveway on the edge of Farnham. The property was built in 1925 by renowned local architect Harold Falkner, for Lady Diana Courtauld in the attractive William and Mary style. Harold Falkner concentrated his work in and around Farnham and built many characterful and well-crafted houses in the Queen Anne, William and Mary, and Arts & Crafts style. In recent years, the original house has been carefully extended and refurbished, including an extension to create further living accommodation and a leisure complex attached to the house. This has been sympathetically created to enable wonderful symmetry to the front and rear facades.
The house provides in excess of 9,500 sq ft with exceptional lateral space, proportions and light. Refurbished by the current owners the property is well presented throughout. In keeping with the William and Mary style, there are many character features one would expect of its era, including high ceilings, cornicing, fireplaces, limestone and wood floors, all in beautiful condition, as well as sash windows allowing in an abundance of natural light.
The grand front door is handsomely framed by a moulded stone surround and cornice supported by scrolled consoles and opens into the entrance hall with barrel vault ceiling, magnificently setting the scene for the rest of the property.
The principal reception rooms are particularly noteworthy and enjoy a south facing position. There is an impressive triple aspect drawing room with an elegant marble fireplace and stunning decorative cornicing. The family room is impressive with oak paneling, parquet floor and a beautifully carved wood and black marble fire surround. An elegant orangery provides an excellent entertainment/party room with access directly out to the south facing terrace. There is a cinema room with star light ceiling and a study with half paneled rosewood walls, a handsome fireplace and built in bookshelves with cupboards below.
The family kitchen is fitted with bespoke contemporary styled cabinetry with granite work tops, an island with breakfast bar seating, built in appliances and a gas AGA. This is a wonderfully bright room with two lantern roof lights and two sets of French doors giving access to the rear terrace. There is also an area for informal everyday dining. The kitchen is complimented by a utility room. There is also a boot room, storeroom and cloakroom.
Further on, double doors lead through to a gym, complete with hot tub, sauna, heated enclosed pool and changing facilities. There is wonderful flow throughout the ground floor. The paneled family room opens into the kitchen where there are double doors to the orangery and then double doors to spa and gym.
A grand staircase leads up to a galleried landing. The principal suite sits above the drawing room and offers the same wonderful proportions with triple aspect elevated views out to the surrounding gardens. This handsome bedroom has an adjoining dressing room and luxury bathroom with walk in shower, double sink and free standing bath.
Additionally there are two further generous double bedrooms both with en suite bath/shower room. On this floor there is also a study and an integral one bedroom annexe. The second floor offers a further en suite bedroom and two double bedrooms served by a shower room and separate WC.
Outside, Runfold Manor is accessed via an impressive set of electric wrought iron gates with turning circle and is approached along a private, secluded driveway, which reveals the property as you approach.
There is an integrated double garage and a separate detached garage which provides parking for 3 further cars.
The gardens and grounds are undoubtedly a special feature of the property, surrounding the house on all sides. All are beautifully laid out with established planting and a stunning selection of mature trees including magnificent Lebanon Cedar trees.
The rear garden with generous terrace and formal lawn, enjoys a south facing position and is a fabulously private environment for the family to enjoy or for alfresco entertaining. Further on is a walled garden with formal buxus knot garden with a central sun terrace and gazebo. There is also a tennis court in the grounds.
In all the grounds measure about 3.5 acres.
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Exceptional proportions throughout with beautifully elegant Harold Falkner architectureMax RhodesProperty agent