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A Grand English Country House Fuses Elements of the Site’s Once Derelict Mill With Modern Design

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position: Sally, UK

price: £ 8.5 million (US $ 10.6 million)

Located in Surry Hills near the village of Shamley Green, Watermill is a Grade II listed family home built where Wonersh Mill once stood.

“This is the first time this property has been used as a residence,” said listed agent Theo James Wright. “The owner took a commercial industrial building and saved it from the complete ruins. He turned it into a wonderful home, while retaining much of the property’s character and history.”

The completely glass entrance lobby overlooks the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. “The pool was built where the original water race was, which would have gone through the factory to help turn the machine,” said James Wright. “The indoor pool also has a countercurrent swimming system that allows you to swim against the flow. It’s also designed to recreate what water looks like as it flows through a building as a factory. It’s a lot of fun. . “

The indoor pool includes a countercurrent swim trainer, underwater lighting, and both underwater and water speakers.


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Inside, the former Turbine Hall has become a bright and spacious dining room, with some of the original milling machines restored and visible behind the glass panels. Tall windows offer views of the outdoor pool and the garden beyond. This floor also has a spacious drawing room with a fireplace, large brass windows, and French doors facing the garden terrace.

The cozy ground floor living room features exposed beams, a Stuv wood-burning stove, and a balcony with views of the pool and the garden beyond. There are 3 double bedrooms with private bathrooms on this floor. The staircase leads to two more bedrooms and also has a private bathroom. The front bedroom has a dressing room and the other bedroom has a mezzanine, which can be set as a children’s bed space, office and study area, or a reading corner.

This cozy living room features a fireplace and bronze French doors leading to a garden terrace.


The formal grounds include several stepped levels adjacent to the evergreen hedges of lavender and clipped dwarfs descending into a sunken pool with paved terraces. This remote area is perfect for summer meals. Beyond the formal grounds is a large natural flower meadow that can serve as a pony paddock, helicopter landing, or outdoor entertainment event space.

“What’s missing from this property is secondary accommodation and garages,” said James Wright. “The owner has never carried out a plan to do that, but already has a drawing [in place] For a substantial barn-style building in the north so that new owners can renew their permits and build something that suits their needs. “


This 8,231-square-foot home is located on 7.83 acres and has 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 2 partial bathrooms.


The open-plan kitchen / family dining area features integrated appliances such as unusual types of limestone floors, well-equipped furniture, La Cornue range cookers, wolf ovens, Carrara marble breakfast bars and kitchen tables. I am. The kitchen also includes air conditioning, built-in Bowers and Wilkins wall speakers, and Christian Liaigre wall lights.

“The cinema is a really nice space and very well spected,” says James Wright Musaid. “And it’s adjacent to a bar for mixing drinks.”

There is also a spa area with teak deck flooring, white marble walls in Thasos, and twin rain and waterfall showers. The gym features a sturdy teak superyacht deck floor and acrylic glass underwater paneling overlooking the indoor swimming pool.

“The pool also has underwater lighting and underwater speakers, so if you’re swimming underwater, the speakers will play music both underwater and underwater,” said James Wright. “They work with a time delay so that your ears can understand it.”

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Neighborhood notes

The property is located in the Surry Hills area of ​​the Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty near the village of Shamley Green with two pubs, village shops, a church, cricket green and a duck pond. The larger villages of Cranley and Gilford are about 4 and 5 miles away, respectively, with a variety of specialty stores, restaurants, sports and cultural facilities. The main train stations in Guildford or Godalming offer fast and frequent train services to London. The local road network also provides easy access to London. It is 36.3 miles from Heathrow Airport, 28.3 miles from Gatwick Airport and approximately 18.8 miles from Farnborough’s Private Airport.

Agent: Theo James-Wright, Associate of Savills

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