Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AE | Property for sale | Savills
15,391 sq ft(1,429.87 sq m)
Excess of £20,000,000

Hascombe RoadGodalming, Surrey, GU8 4AE

    Key features

    • Magnificent refurbished country house
    • Spectacular indoor pool and leisure facilities
    • State of the art technical specification
    • Grounds designed by Gertrude Jekyll
    • Luxurious finish
    • Glorious views

    Exceptionally well designed country house with elegant proportions, set in formal gardens with far reaching views to the rolling Surrey Hills.

    About this property

    • 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.

      For further information about the accommodation at Whinfold, please refer to the brochure.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    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-WelshProperty agent

    Local information

    • Whinfold is located in a premier location to the south of the historic market town of Godalming (2.7 miles). The property lies within the Surrey Hills, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The renowned Winkworth Aboretum is less than half a mile away. Hascombe is around 1.6 miles away with its award winning 16th Century Country pub and a beautiful 13th century church. Guildford, with its extensive shopping and restaurants, is the largest town in Surrey and is 7.1 miles away. London can be reached by train from both Godalming and Guildford. There is a frequent train service from Godalming station providing a regular highspeed service to London Waterloo taking from 46 minutes or from Guildford taking from 37 minutes. For travel by road the A3 at Milford lies within 4.5 miles, providing convenient access to Central London (39.4 miles), Heathrow Airport (30.7 miles), Gatwick Airport (30.3 miles) as well as the wider motorway network. For travel by private jet Farnborough Airport is only 17.5 miles away.
    • One of the major attractions of this area is the abundance of well reputed schools on offer. Preparatory schools and public schools nearby, including amongst others; St Catherine's at Bramley, Aldro, Charterhouse, Prior's Field, Cranleigh School, St Hilary's, St Edward's at Witley, The Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Guildford High School and Hurtwood House. Further afield are Wellington College, St John's School in Leatherhead, Eton, Harrow and Bedales.
    • Sporting and recreational opportunities include; golf at nearby West Surrey in Milford as well as Sunningdale and Wentworth further afield, horse racing at Ascot, Sandown, Kempton, Epsom and Goodwood, polo at Hurtwood Park, Cowdray Park and Smith's Lawn near Windsor. The Surrey Hills provide superb opportunity for walking, riding and cycling. The south coast at Chichester Harbour and nearby at Frensham Ponds, near Farnham are popular spots for sailing enthusiasts.
    • All distances and journey times are approximate.

    Additional information

    • TECHNOLOGY: The house is a 'smart' home. There is an automation system, Control 4 , alongside Lutron lighting, to the principal rooms, that controls lighting, climate, security and entertainment to all rooms in the home. There is a central hub that distributes AV and Internet to every room. The 16 camera CCTV system that monitors the home is also accessible via the Touch panels throughout the home, on your mobile, tablet and PC, as well as via its own independent monitor and control.
    • As would be expected, there is a high-grade fire alarm system that is monitored remotely that covers the whole home. The alarm system is commensurate with the property and is independently monitored.
    • The home is serviced by a BT lease line, a dedicated fibre-optic service that connects the property directly to the exchange. BT provide a dedicated help line and a two hour response time is guaranteed under this contract.
    • The swimming pool and spa can be controlled via an app to set the temperature and report on electricity usage. The swimming pool also has a swim jet installed.
    • There is a 'smart' irrigation system for the gardens, controlled via an App.
    • UTILITIES: The property has ground source heating that provides heating and hot water for the main house. It is served by mains electricity and drainage.
    • The swimming pool, fireplace in the house and Wolf range are on LPG. There is a 4,300 litre LPG tank underground.
    • LOCAL AUTHORITY: Waverley Borough Council
    • COUNCIL TAX: Band H
    • EPC Rating = C
    • Tenure = Freehold