Impressive Regency Country house of magnificent proportions surrounded by rolling countryside, yet still highly accessible to London.
Reeves Rest is a rare find, a magnificent mostly Regency country house with a rural outlook, all within 20 miles of central London. It is believed that Reeves Rest was originally built in around 1810, however the original building was later added to with a Victorian extension and then subsequently an Edwardian wing.
Country Life advertised Reeves Rest in October 1947 as an Important Small Agricultural and Residential Estate' being sold by auction with 117 acres. Despite being un-listed, the property has a rich history being once part of Lord Hylton's estate and housed Canadian soldiers during the war. It is understood that during this time many of the original features were sadly ruined, including the stair bannisters which were burned. In more recent history, the main house was split into three individual dwellings and the cottages and lodge sold off separately. The main house is once again owned as a whole with the annexe left arranged as a separate dwelling which is currently let out by the current owners.
Reeves Rest has an impressive sense of arrival, accessed along the sweeping driveway flanked with open fields and beautiful trees, arriving at a large gravelled turning area to the front of the house. The reception space is light with tall ceilings throughout and flows extremely well around the central main staircase, being ideal for family life and entertaining on a grand scale.
The house has a wonderful reception hall with a large open fireplace and atmospheric central staircase. From here lie the principal reception rooms, including the elegant drawing room which is over 27ft long in one direction and through to the games room and sitting room, both on the south east side of the house and both of which have the benefit of an open fireplace and double doors opening directly out onto the lawned gardens. The well-appointed south west facing kitchen and breakfast room has been recently refurbished and is well positioned with French windows opening onto the formal gardens and swimming pool area. There is also a comfortable dining room with a bar, utility room and separate WC on the ground floor.
The first and second floor accommodation is no less grand and still has the impressive ceiling heights and large sash windows. There are a total of 11 bedrooms serviced by 4 bathrooms and a separate WC, set over the 2 floors of the main house. This configuration could easily be re modelled to create larger suites with dressing rooms and even an upstairs study. The master bedroom is of particular note with a fantastic bay window enjoying views out over the gardens to the countryside beyond.
Although attached to the main house, there is a separate annexe, 4, Reeves Rest, of circa 1,562 sqft with its own private front door, garden and parking area which the current owners let out to a tenant. This is charming in its own right and has 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This would also make excellent secondary accommodation for guests, staff or anyone with a multi-generational home requirement.
Gardens and Grounds
The formal lawned gardens which surround the house lie mainly to the south and south west. The gardens have far reaching views out over the surrounding countryside and are edged with many wonderful specimen trees. The outdoor heated pool and pool house are situated in a very sheltered spot off the kitchen with a paved terrace and BBQ area. To the front of the house is the tennis court. There are 3 separate double garages and ample extra parking space in the gravelled forecourt.
The grounds amount to approximately 7.6 acres in total.
Reeves Rest is a wonderful country house of seriously impressive proportions, ideal to entertaining too. I love the fact that you are within 20 miles of central London, but you are surrounded by open fields and far reaching rural views!Theo James-Wright