A brand new mansion in a gated private estate in leafy Surrey could prove the most appealing spot amid the global pandemic.
We were given an exclusive tour of the £10.7million house for sale on St George’s Hill, Weybridge.
The private estate has been home to various celebrities over the years, including singers John Lennon and Tom Jones.
Exclusive tour of a Surrey mansion: Beech Rise on St George’s Hill, Weybridge, is for sale for £10.7million
The grand entrance hallway includes an impressive chandelier and leads into a large dining room
Much of St George’s Hill popularity lies in it being a 964 acre green oasis hidden from the world, while at the same time being easily accessible to London and Heathrow.
It has a mix of contemporary and older large family homes, which can cost seven, or even eight figures.
We were invited onto the gated enclave to see one of those properties – a brand new luxury mansion called Beech Rise.
MailOnline Property was given an exclusive tour of the house by Savills estate agents
The house has two water features in the back garden, along with plenty of outdoor seating space
Inside, there is a large swimming pool complex that has large glass doors overlooking the garden
The home is surrounded by greenery with views of the treetops from its extensive balconies.
It covers more than 12,712 square feet and sits on an acre of land – and it is this extensive space indoors and out that makes this property so attractive amid the restrictions placed on people’s movements during the pandemic.
If pandemic instructions mean you have to stay home, there is indoor swimming pool and a cinema room to make your time in the property as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
And outdoors, there is landscaped garden designed by Chelsea Gold medal winners Landscape Architects. It includes several terraces, two water features and a large lawn area.
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The luxury feel of this kitchen is created with some statement lighting and striking furniture
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Simon Ashwell, of Savills – the estate agent handling the sale, which led the property tour – said: ‘Under the current restrictions, it is lovely to have an oasis of tranquillity that this property offers you.
‘It is surrounded by trees, and the size of the property gives you the opportunity to find a quiet place to work, somewhere to go for a swim or even just a quiet spot to watch your favourite television programme.’
He added: ‘The scale of this property is that it sits proud on the hill and so you’re in the treetops. From every room, you see the trees and then the sky – it is a fantastic backdrop for the house.’
Inside, there is a welcoming galleried hallway with marble floor. The large kitchen has several seating areas with views out to the terrace and gardens.
There is a separate dining room, a study and five bedrooms – along with additional staff accommodation.
Beech Rise has three storeys, with the top floor having views across the surrounding treetops
A mansion for entertaining: The dining room can easily accommodate a dozen family and friends
Time to relax: The leisure complex includes a sauna, steam room, gym and separate bar area
Make a day of it during lockdown: The leisure complex extends across the entire ground floor
THE SURREY DIGGER’S TRAIL
The so-called ‘Diggers’ first broke the ground on St George’s Hill on 1 April 1649 as they set out to make the earth a ‘common treasury for all’.
The hill is associated with their project and ideas, and it is from here that their influence, and the practice of Digging, spread to many parts of England.
The actual site of their Digging is thought to have been on the lower, southern slopes of the hill. One contemporary account describes it as being ‘next to Campe Close’, which probably corresponds with the estate’s Camp End Road of today.
The Diggers hoped that many would join them in their work, and for months their activity was one of the biggest news stories of the day. It was from St George’s Hill that they issued their manifesto, The True Levellers Standard Advanced, in April 1649.
As the Diggers’ influence increased, so did the hostility of local landowners.
Prominent among these was the lord of the manor, Francis Drake. With two violent accomplices, John Taylor and William Starr, Drake organised gangs to attack the Diggers and destroy their houses, crops and animals.
Drake hoped that the army would help him to suppress the Diggers, but after visiting their settlement General Fairfax concluded they were doing no harm.
Following a court case against the Diggers – at which they were forbidden to speak in their own defence – and further attacks, they abandoned St George’s Hill in August 1649. They established a new settlement at Little Heath, near Cobham, where they were active until finally evicted in Easter 1650.
Making a grand entrance: The front of the house has pillars extending up two floors, with an arch over the doorway
The main living room has seating surrounding a feature fireplace and bi-folding doors onto the garden
The main bedroom has a dress room and its own balcony to enjoy the surrounding treetop views