6 Bedroom Country House for sale in Chapel Lane, Westhumble
- Six Double Bedrooms
- Six Bathrooms
- Five Reception Rooms
- Wine Cellar & Utility Room
- Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool
- 2.1 Acres Of Landscaped Grounds
- Roof Terraces & Picturesque Views
- Built Circa 1922
- Gated Entrance
- 0.3 Miles To Box Hill & Westhumble Station
Camilla Lacey is a beautifully presented family home with six double bedrooms; lovingly restored and upgraded with fine attention to detail. The result is a quite unique country house of enormous character, offering a wealth of preserved period features perfectly set up for a 21st century lifestyle. Built circa 1922, the property is believed to stand on the site of Camilla Cottage, built in 1797 by Francis Burney and said to have been financed from the proceeds of her novel "Camilla", hence the name.
Description - Externally, an imposing arched stone porch, with a heavy studded oak door, combines with dressed stone quoins and mullions with leaded lights. The majority of the windows are now double glazed and include a full height restored stained glass window with some Dutch panes believed to date back to the 16th century. Internally, features of particular note include the spacious reception hall with its gothic style wrought iron & glass main door, the impressive carved staircase and galleried landing, all illuminated by the aforementioned stained glass window.
Other features of note include carved stone fireplaces, exposed timbers and, in both drawing room and dining room, ornate moulded ceilings depicting the story of Troy. Elsewhere the south facing kitchen/breakfast room features a triple AGA, the family area features a wood burning stove with views of the grounds and the lower ground cellar provides amble bottle storage, a safe room and a utility room. The most recent addition is a sympathetically installed lift serving ground and first floor.
First floor accommodation provides three south facing bedrooms, including a sumptuous master suite, all with distant views to Ranmore Common. There is also a family bathroom, a study and access out to the first floor terrace. On the second floor, the accommodation is geared for younger family members with three further bedrooms, a family room, a second kitchen area and three shower/bathrooms. A newly installed staircase leads up to the third floor with access to a loft store and doors out to the third floor roof terrace offering superb views and free fireworks displays!
Outside, automatic gates open onto a sweeping driveway flanked by lawns with mature planting and access through to the front of the house. A gate to the side of the house provides access to a slate paved courtyard with side access to the house and further access externally to a full width grass and paved terrace. From the terrace, steps lead down to a formal Victorian style garden with a sunken terrace, clipped box hedges and formal beds. To the east is a sunken garden, laid to lawn with borders
and enclosed by traditional stone balustrading. A path leads from the lower garden to the secluded pool area, with paved surround and raised barbeque area. The adjoining pool house includes the pump room, changing facilities and kitchenette. In addition, there is a small area of woodland with bluebells and three garden store buildings.
Ideally situated with direct rail links to London in less than 50 minutes (London
Victoria & Waterloo) and 25 miles by road, and 5.3 miles from the M25 (J9) making both Gatwick and Heathrow airports easily accessible. Some of the nearby schools include Downsend, St Theresa's, St John's, Boxhill School and Epsom College.
The village of Westhumble is set between the towns of Dorking and Leatherhead at the base of Box Hill - an area of countryside well known for its outstanding natural beauty, much of which is owned by the National Trust. These nearby town centres, with their excellent shopping and recreational facilities, are within easy reach on the A24.
For recreation, golfing enthusiasts are spoilt with the choice of courses in the area including the highly acclaimed Beaverbrook Golf Club however there is also racing at Epsom and flying at Redhill. Moreover, the North Downs Way and the Surrey Cycle path are nearby and the surrounding countryside offers superb walking, cycling and riding routes. For wine lovers, England's largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, is situated less than half a mile from the property.
Within a picturesque setting, the area is home to many historic places of interest where writers, poets & artists alike have found great sources of inspiration.