A delightful Victorian country house with guest/staff cottage and outbuildings surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds.
Thornhill is an impressive and generously proportioned Victorian country house situated on the outskirts of the village with views over the Surrey Hills.
Thornhill is believed to date back to 1886, constructed of stone under a slate tile hung roof. The accommodation extends to over 12,700 sq ft arranged over three floors, the space is well balanced between formal and informal living, the rooms are light and airy with remarkable ceiling heights throughout.
The reception rooms are accessed off the grand reception hallway which has period features such as parquet flooring and a impressive main staircase.
The principal reception rooms comprise a dining room, drawing room and spectacular wood panelled billiard and sitting room complete with stunning original fireplace. Also, on the ground floor is the large Charlwood designed open plan kitchen/breakfast room which is well equipped with a wraparound island, fitted Miele appliances and an electric Everhot. The kitchen/breakfast room is filled with light by the large skylight and orangery. Window seats can be found throughout the rooms, making the most of the views over the glorious gardens and grounds.
The gym area, indoor heated swimming pool, changing and bathrooms and the laundry room can also be found on the ground floor. Accessed from the ground floor is the substantial basement with external access from ground level which contains a wine cellar.
The first floor has excellent accommodation with a goodsized principal bedroom suite complete with a bathroom and dressing room. There are eight bedrooms on the two upper floors, and four bathrooms.
On the second floor is a study and a self-contained one bedroom flat complete with a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, ideal for guests or staff. Both the first and second floor benefit from huge landings. The space on the first and second floor is flexible and could be used for a number of uses.
To the east of the house is a cottage believed to have once been the laundry to the main house due to the generous ceiling heights. Constructed of brick under a tile hung roof, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms over 1,600sq ft of accommodation on two floors and a garden, the cottage provides ample accommodation and is ideal as secondary accommodation.
Within the grounds is a traditional barn that could be easily converted for a multitude of uses including stabling.
The gardens and grounds perfectly complement the house and provide an extremely peaceful setting. Privacy is provided by the 19 acres in which the house sits. Thornhill is approached via a wide gravel driveway that leads to the front of the house with a large lawn and parking area. Stepping out through the garden room is a tranquil courtyard which leads to the larger garden area and the paved terrace that runs along the property which provides an excellent setting for al fresco dining.
Thornhill is ideal for entertaining and offers an abundance of entertainment features such as the championship size tennis court and outdoor BBQ kitchen area complete with both a Breeze House and Victorian revolving summerhouse. Additionally, there is a superb outbuilding, formal Victorian walled garden with magnificent kitchen, rose and soft fruit gardens, large greenhouse, rockery, pond, mature specimen trees and woodland. Extending beyond the formal gardens are paddocks.
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What I love most about Thornhill is that it offers a complete sense of homeliness within exceptionally handsome proportions.Phillippa Dalby-Welsh