A glorious country house with library, gym and treehouse, in a hamlet a stone’s throw from Guildford

Ten years ago, Orange Grove near Guildford was put up for sale through Country Life; now the owners are moving away, leaving the house in fantastic condition compared to what they bought in 2012. Penny Churchill is watching.

Knight Frank and Savills are joint agents for the relaunch at an estimated £6.3m of Orange Grove, a beautiful Victorian country home set in 5.5 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens on the edge of the 1,400-acre Loseley Park estate in picturesque Surrey Hills AONB. This house, located along a quiet narrow street, is the largest of the group of houses that make up the idyllic village of Littleton. It offers unspoilt views of the countryside on all sides while being within easy reach of Guildford High Street, 2.5 miles to the north. .

Orange Grove dates from the mid-19th century or earlier and was once home to the Vicar of Vanborough, although it was never listed as a vicarage. Later, until 1948, it was the home of Air Vice-Marshal Sir Oliver Swann, a distinguished RAF officer credited with inventing the WWII flying boat.

The current owners bought Orange Grove in 2012 and spent two years expanding and refurbishing it, installing new bathrooms, walnut flooring, new double glazed windows, partial underfloor heating and air conditioning, a new open plan living-kitchen area and new bathrooms. rooms.

Altogether, it offers over 7,300 square feet of light and airy living space on two floors, including an entrance hall, library, study, games room, living room, kitchen/dining area and private office on the ground floor.

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The master bedroom, three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the floor above.

Further accommodation is available in the carriage house, which is connected to the main building by a glazed walkway, and in a former cottage that has been demolished and redeveloped to provide a two-car garage and large gymnasium, with a studio apartment upstairs.

The gardens have been meticulously redesigned by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, winner of RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals and best show awards in 2014, 2016 and 2018, with decorative flower beds surrounding the house on all sides and a beautiful rose garden to the west. .

Additional buildings include an outbuilding with consent to be converted into a recreational complex.

There is also a delightful summer house (formerly a treehouse) and, away from the main house, an all-weather tennis court.

Orange Grove is being sold through Knight Frank and Savills for £6.3m – see more details and photos.

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