Exceptionally well designed country house with elegant proportions, set in formal gardens with far reaching views to the rolling Surrey Hills.
The first recorded custodian of Whinfold was Lionel Benson who in 1897 commissioned Sir Robert Lorimer, one of Scotland's greatest architects, to design and build Whinfold. This was one of Lorimer's first commissions for a large country house. Francis Troupe another famous architect worked alongside Lorimer in the design and construction of the original house. The famous gardener Gertrude Jekyll in 1898 designed the original gardens, and her genius can still be appreciated more than 100 years later. The specimen trees at Whinfold have matured magnificently and are referenced in Trees of Great Britain and Ireland.
The current custodians of Whinfold are just completing a total back to bare walls renovation of the main house and have transformed the landscape that surrounds the house, culminating in the addition of the new driveway which enters the grounds from the North-West corner. The new driveway passes through established mature trees, onwards past the lake, then ascends to meet with the secondary driveway and turning circle to the front of the house, affording a wonderful sense of arrival. Set in front of the house is an ornate fountain and off-set is the garage block, with a self-contained one-bedroom staff flat above.
There are several outside spaces at Whinfold, with 4,500 sq ft of terracing, large terrace from the principal bedroom looking out over the formal grounds and the balcony access from the two large suites on the first floor. There is an open wood and slate tiled Gazebo that sits on a wooden deck overlooking the lake and waterfall, looking back towards the main house.
The grounds at Whinfold have been maturing for well over a century, since Gertrude Jekyll was originally commissioned in 1898. There are numerous specimen trees, and the original Rhododendrons planted by Jekyll are now 10 metres high. As part of the renovation there are now numerous flower beds that surround the house, hosting roses, herbaceous plants and swathes of lavender. There is a mixture of formal lawns and shrub beds. A path leads through the woodland, which in the spring is full of bluebells. The grounds at Whinfold enjoy the four distinct seasons, from the Rhododendrons' spring colours right to the reds and ambers of the mature deciduous trees in autumn.
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Hascombe is a wonderfully private and fabulously understated location for some of rural Surrey's finest country houses. The property occupies a discreet, elevated setting with some of the most stunning rural views I have seen. The interiors are both elegant and refined and I love the feeling of light and space throughout the house, it really is something that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.Phillippa Dalby-Welsh