One of the Surrey Hills' finest Queen Anne country houses with panoramic views out towards the South Downs.
Burgate House is arguably one of the finest Queen Anne country houses in the Surrey Hills and is for sale for the first time in over 40 years. Burgate House is Grade II listed to protect its architectural importance and was originally built in 1734 by Richard Eliot, whose initials appear on the original dated lead rainwater heads. It is believed that the Eliot family made money by selling timber from the land around the property to one of the local Italian glassmakers, who owned a furnace in the vicinity in about 1580. Burgate House has only changed ownership a handful of times, including a period of time where the Batesons let the property from the Godman family, who owned the house for over 100 years. The original house has been added to over time, including the extension created by the Batesons in around 1918. In the 1950's the house was sold as part of the then Duke of Westminster's larger Park Hatch estate and some Edwardian and older additions were demolished, offering future owners the opportunity to recreate the house as it once stood (subject to the usual required consents). It was the Batesons who commissioned Gertrude Jekyll to lay out the gardens which still exist today, albeit adapted for easier maintenance over the years.
The current owner has maintained the house very well during their ownership, including having the roof re-tiled in around 2005, however there remains great scope for an incoming buyer to modernise the interiors to their taste. Burgate House is a very comfortable country house filled with many period features including original c18th marble fireplaces and wooden panelling. It also has well-proportioned rooms, ideal for family living and entertaining on a grand scale. The drawing room, dining room and sitting room are particularly fine rooms and all benefit from remarkably generous ceiling heights, open fireplaces and far reaching views to the south. The sweeping full height staircase is worthy of particular note and is an elegant central feature of the house.
The first and second floor accommodation is no less impressive and is mainly laid out around the elegant open landing. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and an adjoining bedroom which would make an ideal dressing room or nursery. There is another suite on the first floor and two further bedrooms with a shared bathroom and WC. The second floor, which was converted by the current owners, comprises three further bedrooms and shower room and then a separate integral flat, ideal for a nanny/ housekeeper with a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Beyond the formal drawing room are three further rooms offering a glimpse into its past as much larger property. No longer used as accommodation they could be recreated into the main house for use as an alternative family kitchen or family space. One of those a studio/office.
Gardens and Grounds
The house is approached via a magnificent sweeping driveway flanked by mature trees, many rhododendron and daffodils in the spring, leading to spacious gravelled parking area. The drive then continues to the back of the house where the integral garaging is found.
The magnificent gardens and grounds that surround the house are well established and contain a wealth of mature shrubs and plants, including the original Gertrude Jekyll designed gardens, which were of course meticulously planned and include ornate stone columns, a sunken terrace and a lawned area, making the most of the far reaching views. This formal garden opens out into a walled paddock or wild flower meadow to the west, which would be a good space to keep a pony. There are some of the best views are from this elevated piece of land on the property. There is also a large bank of ancient woodland running along the northern boundary of the property.
Within the grounds are a number of specimen plants and trees, including the strawberry tree adjacent to the eastern front, which is reputedly one of the largest in the country. There is also a grove of Spanish chestnuts to the north of the house which is believed to contact some of the largest specimens known in Britain, several with a circumference of over 25 feet.
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One of the finest houses in the area with a view you simply don't forget.Alastair Mercer