Classical-Inspired Surrey Mansion
Our design inspiration for today comes from a stunning, newly built Classical-inspired, Neo-Palladian mansion located in the exclusive St. George’s Hill Estate in Surrey, England. This home is said to have set a new benchmark standard for luxury home development in the already refined upscale estate. The mansion is defined by its exceptional quality, architectural integrity, and fine attention to detail. It has been built to exacting specifications with the finest materials and craftsmen sourced from around the world.
‘Furze Croft’- the name given the mansion, is the result of a 24-month bespoke design and build program by Consero London, a multi-award winning luxury home development, project management, and interior design house that creates exceptional private residences in the world’s most exclusive addresses.
The home’s interior architecture includes many classic design details derived from centuries-old techniques; stone carving, gilding, marquetry, and bespoke design cabinetry. These qualities have been combined with the latest state-of-the-art communications, entertainment, and security technology. The results being a smart, award-winning mansion providing over 14,000 square-feet of elegant living and entertaining space over three levels, situated on nearly two acres of secluded, manicured gardens and grounds.
St George’s Hill Estate was England’s first gated community. It was built in the early 20th century specifically to attract the rich and famous and has continued to do so ever since. It is comprised of 420 homes on 964 acres hidden behind guarded security gates, and is described by the resident’s association as “a unique location for successful high achievers looking for a secure private location”. According to estate agents, the area is ‘internationally renowned as one of the most sought-after private estates in England.’ The community has its own private golf and tennis clubs. It is widely regarded as one of the finest estates outside of central London and dubbed the “British Beverly Hills”.
Guests enter the front doors into the home’s double volume grand entrance hall. The vast space is open and stately with marble floors set in a Classic-inspired diamond pattern of Botticino Fiorito, inset with Marron Dior black marble. In the center of the hall, the ceiling opens up to a glass roof cupola above which enables natural light to flow into the floors below. The room is layered with Traditional design elements including stacked crown and foot molding, an antique mirror faced feature wall and a large Venecia stone fireplace. The overall effect achieves the best of Classic design without feeling heavy or severe. The design of the hand-crafted baluster on the marble staircase is repeated throughout the house in various details. This is a grand hall for receiving guests in style. Keep in mind that this is a developed luxury home that is available on the market, so the focus isn’t so much on the particulars of the furniture- though I will add my thoughts on that too- and the interior decorating will naturally be further personalized by the fortunate new owners. It was the Classical-inspired architecture and grand proportions, the perfect balance and symmetry of the Palladian style that caught my attention with this impressive mansion.
The entrance hall leads directly into the formal dining room, which is a perfectly ordered and well-proportioned space. The elaborate moldings and trim are continued in here and throughout the home. The outer wall features floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors which open onto the extensive outside terrace, allowing for indoor-outdoor dining and entertaining. This room also gives access to the family kitchen-breakfast room to one side, and on the other, the drawing room. The passageways are defined by grand double doors with hand-crafted architraves and detailing. The stepped ceiling designs here and throughout are all hand finished. The room is complete with an expandable round dining table that can seat as many as 18, which is surrounded with custom contemporary design dining chairs
Here we have the spacious family kitchen and breakfast room, which I love. The French doors open onto the rear terrace and gardens. The kitchen is completely hand-crafted with a central island and has been equipped with appliances from Gaggenau, including a large wine refrigerator. The breakfast banquette has been custom-fitted into the island and completed with a bespoke design oval table and chairs. The ceilings are high, the floors are polished marble, and everything is balanced and attractive.
The gracious double volume drawing room also has French doors opening onto the rear terrace. This room also provides access to the bar which leads to the drinks lounge, for a continual succession of spaces opening one onto another, as well as onto the outdoor terrace, creating a fabulous plan for entertaining on a grand scale. The floors here and in several of the public rooms are hand-laid traditional design parquetry in solid oak. A Georgian-style stone fireplace anchors the room’s contemporary design furniture which has been grouped together on a custom wool-silk rug. The contemporary design furniture creates the perfect balance for this classical-inspired home for modern day living with elegance and style.
This home has certainly been designed for grand scale entertaining. On the ground floor, one wing holds an official entertaining suite which includes a full bar and a lounge, though the entire rear of the home gives itself to this purpose. Glass doors across the back of the bar slide completely to the side to fully open and merge these rooms with the outside terrace to create a space which can entertain 200+ people. The dark stained oak timber floors are continued in various styles through these rooms. The lounge’s curved sitting area also opens to the rear gardens. The facing contemporary design crescent twin sofas gathered on the oval rug, which reflects the ceiling’s design, create a wonderful conversation area. So much can be done with this space.
The large master bedroom suite includes a central bedroom with a sitting area and a twin set of spacious marble bathrooms and dressing areas placed on either side. The traditional design detailing that defines the public spaces has been edited a good deal in the private rooms. The furniture completing this space is modern design inspired bespoke creations. The suite opens onto a private terrace overlooking the rear lawn. How perfect? Separate generously sized contemporary design bathrooms and dressing areas so you don’t have to share, and both have soaking tubs and rain showers. The home has five additional spacious bedroom suites. In addition, the home includes a two bedroom staff apartment with a self-contained kitchen, living area, and side entrance.
This home provides the comforts you want! Down on the basement level, there is a custom media room with a 120″ screen and surround sound, as well as a wine storage area complete with custom oak display cabinets, and a glass enclosed temperature-controlled storage area. The room can hold as many as 1,700 bottles for your collection.
One ground floor wing is dedicated to your health as well as your leisure. It contains a large indoor pool, spa, steam room, home gym, a changing room, and plenty of space for lounging. Folding glass doors along the back of the pool room open the space completely to the terrace and gardens creating more indoor-outdoor space.
The mansion, of course, has a garage that can accommodate up to four limousines, with direct access into the home. The bonded gravel driveway includes an extensive forecourt with parking space for plenty of cars, which you will need for the hundreds of guest you will be able to entertain here. The lawns and grounds have been well appointed. The property is bordered by hedging and newly planted with existing trees to provide privacy. Special trees and plants sourced from Tuscany were included in the landscaping along with lawn sculptures which have been placed about to provide focal points and features. Very classical-inspired and very tasteful.
The list of rooms and features this home offers is too long for me to list them all. There is still another family room and a library, a very sophisticated design home automation system, and loads more which you can check out with the links below.
That concludes today’s design inspiration, my friends. I hope you all have enjoyed. Let me hear from you all in the comments. What do you all think of this residence?
Development by Consero London @ www.conserolondon.com
Photography by Richard Waite @ www.richardwaite.com
House Builder & Developer @ hbdonline.co.uk
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