This striking Art Deco inspired, and award winning modern family house was featured in Channel 4’s Grand Designs in 2007.
The general design and proportions of the external elevations are greatly influenced by the Art Deco period with considerable care and attention to detailing and proportions, including parapet features, fenestration and rendered external wall finishes incorporating a unique decorative central 'wing' motif to the front elevation. Although fundamentally of an Art Deco style externally, the comfortable interior layout is perfectly tailored for a 21st century lifestyle. The elegant flowing accommodation on the ground floor follows an open plan design with the kitchen and family room very much at the heart of the house. This sociable space also opens to the main sitting room, which can be partitioned when desired. The sitting room features a wood burning stove and a superb corner windows which bi-fold to open the room to the garden. There is a separate dining room with a notable vaulted ceiling, and a large integral garage.
On the ground floor in particular, many internal design details follow the Art Deco theme, including the doors and door handles, the bespoke designed and hand built kitchen cabinetry, the staircase, and the curved glass brick wall features.
Upstairs and down, the bathrooms and shower rooms, inspired by the houses of South Beach, Miami, have been designed to evoke the glamorous side of Art Deco, with period style wall tiling, and simple yet high specification fittings. The main bedroom is a luxurious ‘owners suite’ with bath and shower rooms as well as a large, beautifully fitted dressing room.
Consideration to the environment has been incorporated with features such as a rain harvesting system to collect, filter, and re-circulate rainwater, for use in the w.c.s, washing machine and external taps; solar panels to the roof for hot water; and a heat recovery and ventilation system which utilises the cool and warm air produced in different parts of the building and creates a balanced temperature at low power use.
The secure gated drive provides plenty of parking for several cars if needed. There is a substantial integral and secure double garage with full services including power, lighting, heating, insulation, and a water supply. The house and garage benefit from an internal alarm and external movement sensor system. The house sits assertively on elevated ground, so the views from the established garden are superb. To the rear, a timber deck runs adjacent to the house, and lawns descend gently, interspersed with established planting and mature fruit trees including plum, apple, pear, and quince. In all the gardens extend to about 0.8 of an acre and are bordered by seasoned and various hedging which provide shelter and privacy.
The property enjoys an extremely accessible location, on the lower slopes of Frith Hill, near Charterhouse, overlooking The Lammas Land water meadows, and with views over the town beyond. It is a level walk from Godalming High Street and station and there are attractive riverside walks immediately at hand, via the Wey Navigations. Guildford is 5 miles to the north, and the A3 is within 3 miles providing fast driving to London, the M25 and the south coast. A wide choice of schools, both state and private, for all age groups are convenient. Godalming is a thriving town with Sainsbury's and Waitrose supermarkets and a variety of specialist shops, restaurants and cafes. Commuting from Godalming or Farncombe stations, which are both only 0.6 miles away, is excellent, the journey to Waterloo taking from about 45-47 minutes. Heathrow and Gatwick are only 28 miles and 36 miles respectively.
5 bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms (3 ensuite)
Entrance hall and 3 reception rooms
Utility room and cloakroom
Garden in all about 0.8 acres