5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms
Uplands Lodge is one of the ‘stand out’ properties in Hook Heath, an exclusive enclave and one of the most sought-after residential areas in Surrey. Uplands Lodge is within easy access of two railway stations offering direct trains to London Waterloo in under 30 minutes as well as the major transport links of Heathrow and Gatwick and the amenities of the wonderful market town of Guildford. The property is also adjacent to Green Belt land, meaning it retains a bucolic, rural feel.
Hook Heath also benefits from village amenities including a Post Office, butchers, florist, pharmacy, bakery, convenience stores, hairdressers, a choice of public houses, coffee shops and restaurants as well as two churches all within easy walking distance in Mayford and St Johns vvillages. A Waitrose, GP surgery and a farm shop are also within 5 minutes drive.
Uplands Lodge sits on Pond Road which is a private road and is arguably the most prestigious and sought after address in Hook Heath thanks to it being virtually noise and traffic free and its position bordering Woking Golf Club and the surrounding countryside which includes Hook Heath Escarpment and views across to the North Downs.
Built around 1904, Uplands Lodge is adjacent to the 17th fairway of the golf course and within easy walking distance of the clubhouse. The property was originally the coach house and stables of an Edwardian Manor House and since becoming a residence, has undergone two major renovations and refurbishment projects, with the most recent being in 2011, when the current owners commissioned award winning architect Elspeth Beard to redesign the property for 21st Century contemporary living.
This is an exceptional and unique house designed with the modern family in mind. It is exclusively private yet flooded with light and features spectacular open plan spaces as well as separation of living areas for the growing family. The property is set centrally within a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens and offers over 4,500 square feet of living, entertaining and exercising space.
The front entrance, which is accessed via electronic gates, provides spectacular street appeal, with a wall of glass fronting the galleried hall framed by well-established wisteria. There is off-street parking for at least four cars on the driveway.
A triple height, glass fronted hallway greets the visitor, whom upon entering the property can immediately enjoys views across the indoor swimming pool and beyond to the large terrace through floor to ceiling glass walls. Solid oak floorboards are a theme that is repeated throughout the house, helping to create continuity and consistency.
The ‘hub’ of the house is a large open plan day room, kitchen and dining room designed for the family to gather together or to traverse on their way to more private rooms. Perhaps the most striking feature of the day room is a show stopping vaulted ‘cathedral’ ceiling constructed from seasoned and substantial exposed oak beams. The room also enjoys a wood burner situated in an inglenook fireplace, which is one of the original features of the property.
A set of oak doors lead out from the day room onto a sun terrace and a charming cottage garden with its built-in children’s sandpit, raised planters used to grow vegetables by the current owner and a summer house.
The kitchen area is equipped with an array of Smeg appliances including two fan ovens, a steam oven, a microwave oven and an induction hob. There is also a Die Dietrich downdraft extractor set into the black Italian granite work surface, as well as an integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher. The cabinetry is sleek handcrafted oak and was hand-built on site by local craftsmen. Black Welsh slate flooring compliments the granite work surfaces and leads one on to a boot room which the current owners use as a wine store and pantry.
Immediately off the day room you will find a family room which the current owners use as a children’s playroom, while two further rooms serve as a cosy snug and a small study. A corridor also leads to the eastern wing of the house which is made up of two large bedrooms and a substantial bathroom fitted with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware which include a large bath, double sink and walk-in shower, finished in limestone and slate tiling. The east wing of the property offers the perfect potential for use as an annex, staff accommodation or a separate guest suite or additional bedrooms.
The first floor is reached via a galleried landing which is bathed in natural sunlight through the triple height glass wall of the entrance hall. This spectacular and unique feature contrasts with privacy and cosy nature of the rooms beyond the landing. The main bedroom suite is made up of a large bedroom and a second floor dressing room, accessed directly from the bedroom via its own staircase. This room benefits from an ensuite bathroom equipped with a free standing stone resin bath, a separate wet room shower with Hans Grohe Axor bathroom fittings designed by Patricia Urquiola set alongside Villeroy and Boch bathroom furniture.
There are two further large bedrooms on the first floor, each benefitting from double height ceilings and sharing a Jack & Gill bathroom equipped to a similar standard as the master bathroom. There is also a substantial and very useful storeroom accessed via one of the bedrooms.
This property was designed for those who enjoy entertaining. Created with acoustics in mind and featuring a triple height sloping ceiling, the vast sitting room offers both the intimacy of an open fireplace as well as the flexibility to entertain on a grand scale. Used by the current owners to host classical music concerts, this voluminous space can comfortably accommodate over 100 guests.
On the theme of entertainment, the ground floor also benefits from a hard wired sound system with integrated ceiling speakers in the snug, the day room, the kitchen and the living room. The Bowers & Wilkins system made up of five stereo pairs of integrated ceiling speakers creates a wonderfully immersive audio experience.
The living room opens onto brick tiled terraces adjacent to the jewel-like heated indoor swimming pool. Bathed in natural sunlight, the indoor pool complex features a relaxation area and a changing room with shower and due to its glass ceiling, can be used all year round. The pool house, which can be accessed directly from the entrance hall, also opens through large bi-folding doors directly onto the wide terrace and landscaped rear garden. The pool has an automated ‘Covrex’ pool cover, which is child safe (this helps to substantially reduce the risk of accidents and drowning when closed) and is filled with a high-density heat insulation which saves around 65% of heating costs compared to an uncovered pool.
The rear garden and cottage garden (which connect via a path) are both private and secluded and are enveloped by trees and border planting which includes mature examples of magnolia, honeysuckle and rhododendron. As well as the sandpit and the summer house situated in the cottage garden, the rear gardens also boast a wonderful children’s cottage playhouse.
The ground floor also includes a substantial utility room, a plant room, a garden store and two large garages.
In addition to the storeroom on the first floor, the current owners also use the loft space for storage. At over 650 square feet, this area, which was historically the hayloft when the property served as a coach house and stables, represents an excellent opportunity to increase the living space without increasing the overall footprint of the property.
The property benefits not only from proximity to Woking Golf Club but also Woking Tennis Club, one of most prestigious in Surrey. Established in 1893, Woking Golf Club is the country’s oldest heathland course and is ranked at no. 16 in England in World Golf’s most recent Top 100 survey. The tennis club is about a five-minute walk and has both grass and all-weather courts.
As well as its proximity to both Worplesdon and Woking railway stations, providing one of the most convenient commutes into central London from Surrey, Pond Road is also only 16 miles from Heathrow Airport and is perfectly situated for the frequent flyer. This home provides a private and secluded lifestyle only a short walk from local amenities.
There are plenty of Prep Schools to choose from locally including Hoe Bridge, St Andrew’s, Cranmore and Lanesborough, as well as esteemed Senior Schools such as Charterhouse, Reed’s, Royal Grammar School Guildford, Guildford High School, St Catherine’s and St Theresa’s. The proximity to the Surrey Hills affords a wide range of outdoor landscapes for walking and hacking. Equestrian facilities are within ten minutes’ walk of the house. Pond Road is located within a protected conservation area noted for its trees and wildlife.
Council tax is £3,269 band G.
There is a standing charge of £75 annual contribution to the Pond Road Maintenance Fund. Pond Road is a private road.
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