An impeccable Grade II listed Water Mill converted to the highest specification throughout and located within the Surrey Hills.
Rewarding five years of planning, civil engineering and creative design work, The Water Mill we see today represents a stunning fusion of English industrial history and character with 21st century solutions.
Utilizing the very best of materials and techniques from structural engineering and interior design this beautiful and imaginatively restored property now offers a superb family home in a most attractive and convenient location.
Listed Grade II and originally known as Wonersh Mill the property was rescued from dereliction by the current owner and completed three years ago, following an extensive seven-year build and interior design programme.
Working closely within planning constraints to preserve its historic integrity the restoration has effectively created a brand-new home to the latest and highest specification whilst retaining the mill's essential elements.
A fully glazed entrance lobby bridging the former mill race, now looks down on the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The light and spacious dining room which is the former turbine hall offers plenty of scope/space for entertaining with some of the original mill machinery restored and on view behind glass panels. Full height windows draw the eye to attractive views over the outdoor pool and gardens beyond.
On the same level and ideally arranged for entertaining is a bright and spacious drawing room with an open fireplace with bespoke bronze surround providing a focal point whilst large solid brass windows with bronze patina and French doors open to the garden terrace.
Bespoke kitchen with rare limestone flooring including a quality range of fitted furniture, leading brand integrated appliances including La Cornue range cooker and Carrara marble breakfast bar and worktops. Open-plan kitchen/family dining area offers further space for soft seating if required. The kitchen includes air-conditioning, built in Bower and Wilkins wall speakers and Christian Liaigre wall lighting.
The first floor living room/cosy snug' with exposed beams, Stuv log-burner and a balcony enjoy views over the pool and gardens beyond.
Additionally, on this floor there are 3 double bedrooms each with luxuriously appointed bath and shower en-suites. One boasting a large front aspect balcony with views to the formal landscaped gardens.
A further staircase leads to two further bedrooms, both of which have en-suite bathrooms. The front bedroom includes a walkin room that could be utilised as a dressing room and the other bedroom has a bonus mezzanine level ideal for a children's bed space, office/study or reading nook.
The luxurious spa area with sold teak deck flooring, Thassos white marble walls and Dornbracht sanitary ware comprises two changing rooms with twin rain and waterfall showers; a glass door leads to the internal swimming pool fitted with a counter-current swim trainer, underwater lighting and both underwater and above water speakers.
The gymnasium has solid teak super yacht-deck flooring and a feature acrylic glass underwater wall panel looking into the indoor swimming pool.
The Water Mill is approached via electrically operated white timber gates opening onto a long gravel drive to a spacious parking area and turning circle.
The formal grounds, which are mainly to the south-west of the house are laid to lawn over several terraced levels bordered with lavender and clipped dwarf evergreen hedges descending to a sunken pool measuring 15m x 5m and paved terrace. The area is delightfully private and secluded; ideally suited to relaxation or summer dining.
Above the lawns to the north of the house there is a millrace that runs along the edge of the grounds; the whole being set against an attractive backdrop of mature trees.
Beyond the formal grounds there is a large natural flower meadow that is presently unfenced and which would easily serve as a pony paddock. The area would equally well be suited to the erection of a marquee for family events if required or could even accept a helicopter landing.
Planning permission was secured (since lapsed in December 2015) for a substantial barn style building to the north of the turning area to provide garage/office space and additional storage. Waverley Borough Council Planning Reference: WA/2010/0060
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Quite simply one of the finest examples of engineering and craftsmanship we've seen in rural Surrey. You will leave with a smile on your face.Theo James-Wright