Director, Horsham and Guildford Regional AgencyGuildford Estate AgentsHorsham Estate Agents
A quintessential country house with beautiful formal gardens, and two cottages
Situated within about 16.6 acres, a fine 16th century country house offering a rare opportunity for those seeking a property of immense character and charm, in a tranquil rural setting yet within easy reach of local amenities. The delightful gardens and grounds create the perfect backdrop for the house which has been the subject of sympathetic refurbishment, with extreme care and attention to detail, resulting in a most appealing and fascinating family home. Also situated within the grounds are two adjoining 3-bedroom cottages that may be reached via an independent lane and provide ideal guest/staff accommodation, with the potential for an income stream. The main house, is rich in exposed beams and many additional features including vaulted ceilings, leaded light windows, and period fireplaces, notably the inglenooks in the reception hall and drawing room. The accommodation offers immense flexibility, complemented by a blend of traditional features and tasteful interior design.
The ground floor may be entered at the front via a spacious reception hall that creates a welcoming first impression with its inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling. Located in the left wing of the house is an elegant triple aspect drawing room with an inglenook fireplace as a focal point and a door allowing direct access to the rear patio. For more informal relaxation, there is a neighbouring snug also with its own outside access via an arched door. Situated off the reception hall is a library/study and two cloakrooms, whilst the right wing is host to a sizeable dining room with double doors opening out to the rear patio, thereby extending the relaxation and dining space. Across the hall, the contemporary Boffi kitchen/breakfast room features a striking blocked paved floor and is fitted with an extensive range of stainless steel units, worktops and integral appliances that extend through to the adjoining utility area.
On the first floor, the serene triple aspect principal bedroom features a beamed vaulted ceiling and enjoys views over the propertys land and countryside beyond. This room has the advantage of a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious en suite bathroom, also with a vaulted ceiling, and incorporating a large modern bath, a walk-in shower, a vanity unit with his and her wash hand basins, and separate WC. There are five further bedrooms on this level, two en suite, and a family shower room, whilst on the second floor there is extensive eaves storage space. Guest cottage: A self-contained cottage with its own garden and entered informally via a storm porch or more formally, via the main entrance in an independent lane running alongside the property. The accommodation comprises a reception hall, sitting room, kitchen with a pantry, a boot room/utility room, three bedrooms, a Jack and Jill bathroom and a separate shower room. Staff cottage: An additional self-contained cottage that also has access via the lane or informally, from the garden to the side of the driveway. The accommodation comprises a spacious open-plan kitchen and light and airy sitting room, a utility area, three bedrooms and a shower room. The cottage also has direct access to a sizeable garden store.
This property has 16.62 acres of land.
Amounting to about 16.6 acres, the gardens and grounds are a spectacular feature of the property and offer unsurpassed levels of privacy and seclusion. The owners have added their exceptional touch to the grounds, ranging from formal gardens, a topiary hedge maze, a secret rose garden, a pergola walkway enveloped in mature wisteria, and a large established pond with a waterside open-fronted barn. In addition to the formal gardens, there are acres of paddocks/grazing. To the rear of the house is a patio that is naturally sheltered by the contours of the house and provides the perfect seasonal spot in which to relax and enjoy the pleasing outlook over the parterre garden. To the west of the maze is the swimming pool area enclosed by clipped yew hedging and incorporating the swimming pool, a tennis court, relaxation area and a summer house/changing room complete with a kitchenette.
Dunsfold is a charming village situated in tranquil rural location near the Surrey/Sussex border, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It combines the benefits of country living with the convenience of local amenities and good transport links. The village itself boasts its own community run village shop and post office, a 13th century church, public house, and cricket club. Further amenities may be found at Cranleigh and Godalming, whilst a little further afield, Guildford provides a more extensive selection of shopping, cultural and leisure facilities including Surrey Sports Park, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, G Live and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, as well as a wide range of restaurants and shops. A series of footpaths and bridleways connect the village to the surrounding countryside, ideal for the walking, cycling and riding enthusiast, whilst golf may be enjoyed at Cranleigh, Bramley and West Surrey. 100 acres of National Trust Woodland is just over 4 miles away, including the renowned Winkworth Arboretum. The A3 is nearby, affording access to the south coast and also connections to the M25 road network, giving further access both to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and to Central London. Regular train services are available from Witley and Godalming to London in less than an hour. There are a variety of schools both within the state and private sector which include Cranleigh C of E Primary School, St. Marys Primary School in Chiddingfold, Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School, Cranleigh, Charterhouse, Priors Field, St. Catherines, Royal Grammar School and Guildford High School.
From Guildford take the A281, Horsham Road, passing through Bramley. Shortly after Smithbrook Kilns, turn right on the sharp left hand bend. Turn right at the first T-junction and follow the signs to Dunsfold on the left. In Dunsfold, turn left by the cricket green into Alfold Road. Proceed down the hill and up the other side for 0.6 mile and the entrance to Old Rickhurst will be found at the top on the left hand side.Read all
- Main House: 4 Reception rooms
- 6 bedrooms
- Guest cottage with 3 bedrooms
- Staff cottage with 3 bedrooms
- Outdoor swimming pool and tennis court
- Summer house and outbuildings
- Parterre garden
- Sunken maze
- Pond with open-fronted barn
- Gardens and grounds, in all about 16.6 acres
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