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4 acres, Horsham Road, Dorking, RH5, Surrey
For Sale - Guide Price £3,000,000

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  • Grade II Listed
  • Wings of the property date back to medieval times
  • Detached barn with planning permission for a 5 bed house
  • Off road parking for a number of cars
  • Cinema Room
  • Lake

The Clockhouse is a stunning Grade II listed manor house which is approached through impressive bespoke wrought iron electric gates opening onto a sweeping gravel driveway which provides extensive parking for cars.

The surrounding gardens and grounds of around 4 acres are a main feature of The Clockhouse. Extensive areas of lawn, interspersed with a variety of shrubs and trees frame the lake. From the south facing terrace a rose covered walkway leads past the detached Elizabethan coach house and onto a more formal walled Elizabethan garden which is currently planted as a Kitchen Garden and lawn area.

The Coach House is a two-storey building which has planning permission for a 5-bedroom residential house with its own dedicated entrance & exit.

There is a separate fenced paddock which would be ideal for horses and hard standing to the side where a substantial stables/barn could be installed.

The main house has been extended over the centuries to provide well-proportioned accommodation over 21 rooms. The main reception rooms in the Georgian Wing have been renovated to the original Georgian style with wallpapers hand printed from the original wooden blocks, and full-length sash windows which are both double aspects affording beautiful views of the garden and lake.

Access to the property is currently via the kitchen area which boasts the original solid oak beams, stone flooring and five door Aga. The inglenook fireplace in the informal dining area is a stunning feature to the heart of the house. The hallway has been panelled in catspaw oak and leads to a panelled entrance room.

A cinema room and further reception room lead from the hallway which then extends to the bottom of what is a beautiful Jacobean stair case and Georgian reception rooms.

The Sitting room is double aspect with high ceilings, original ceiling roses, cornices and an ornate hand carved marble fireplace.
The feeling of grandeur extends to the adjoining dining room which is perfect for more formal entertaining. The sash windows have been lovingly restored and the décor has been reinstated for the period with hand printed wallpapers.

The staircase gives access to a split landing and the upstairs offers flexibility in terms of usage. The extensive window on the stairwell floods the landing with natural light. The current vendor utilises one of the rooms in the Georgian Wing as a library but this could be easily reinstated as bedroom.
The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite with a bath with toilet & Bidet complete with an additional room that could be a dressing room.
Further bedrooms are located off the main landing in the Medieval part of the house which is carpeted and has the original oak beams exposed.

One of the rooms is currently used as a living room with a vaulted beam ceiling and Georgian Etchings on a wall
There is further evidence of the historical significance of the property within one of the bathrooms. A Priest hole is readily accessible where the resident Catholic Priest would have hidden from Henry VIII`s soldiers in order not to be at risk.


Situation
The Clockhouse is set in the beautiful Surrey countryside and is to the South of Capel, a much sought-after village. The property has direct access to a long public bridleway immediately outside the gates leading on to the beautiful fields and countryside in the surrounding area, which is ideal for families wishing to enjoy the country life or Equestrian enthusiasts.

Facilities in the village include a 16th century public house, shops, church, village hall, school and recreation ground, perfect for everyday needs.
The A24 gives convenient access should further comprehensive shopping and recreational needs be required with Dorking and Horsham located just a couple of miles away.

Horsham and Dorking have main line stations and Ockley station is only half a mile away giving access to London Victoria and Waterloo.
Schools in the area are excellent including a primary school in Capel, Cranleigh Preparatory School, Farlington School in Warnham, Belmont School at Holmbury St Mary and St Theresa`s at Effingham to name just a few.

Additional Information
The History:
There has been a property on the site of The Clockhouse documented back to the 14th Century. It is only within the past 150 years that The Clockhouse has been known by that name being formerly called Risbregg (Rice Bridge) with first records appearing in 1307.
The first reference to a building on the site was in 1420 as a tenant farm which it was for most of its existence farming over 100 acres immediately surrounding.
As evidence of the interesting history of the property has period decorative hand painting in the upper reception room as well as a priest hole, which is accessed from a current bathroom. The house has been extended over the centuries with a substantial Southerly wing in the mid18th century.
This Georgian wing affords elegant proportioned rooms with delightful aspects across the garden and lake. The current owner who purchased The Clockhouse in 2002 has since carried out a substantial programme of restoration and sensitive improvement to re-instate this beautiful historic country residence. A comprehensive history of the ownership of the property is available upon request.

The current Owner has details of all the owners including their wills, going back to the 13th century of which the first is believed to be the Barron De Risbregg

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