Updown Court, Chertsey Road, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20

House 9 Bedroom 9 Bathroom 1 Garage 50,000 ft2

Updown Court, Chertsey Road, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20

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Situation
Updown Court occupies a sheltered location surrounded by landscaped gardens and mature private woodland. The property is only 28 miles from Central London, being close to the M3 (Junction 3), M25 (Junction 13) and from the M25, the M4 (at Junction 4B), allowing for rapid access by car to Heathrow Airport and the West End. There are local shopping facilities in Windlesham and Sunningdale with larger centres at Windsor, Camberley, Woking and Guildford. The local area has a large range of schools for all ages including Eton College and St Mary’s School, Papplewick School, Hurst Lodge and St. George’s at Ascot. St John’s Beaumont at Old Windsor, Lambrook Haileybury at Winkfield Row and Woodcote House in Windlesham Village. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Wentworth, Foxhills, Queenwood and Sunningdale, racing at Ascot, Windsor, Kempton, Sandown Park and Epsom, polo at Smith’s Lawn, The Great Park and The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.

Description
Standing in approximately 58 acres, Updown Court was conceived and planned as a spectacular mansion of unparalleled scale and luxury. The house extends to just under 4,500 sq. m (50,000 sq. ft) and has accommodation arranged over 4 floors. The house stands in a slightly elevated position with south facing views over the formal gardens and a lake which are framed by mature woodland to offer extensive privacy. Elsewhere in the grounds there is a security lodge adjacent to the magnificent entrance gates, two exceptional staff/guest houses and an estate office adjoining the garage complex. Beyond this is a stable block set close by wrought iron gates which allows for access to secluded bridleways. The house benefits from extensive wooded gardens and grounds within which are two swimming pools and an all weather sports surface. Updown Court has extensive security provision.

Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation
Updown Court includes the main house, built on a palatial scale over four floors; a security lodge, two staff/guest houses, comprising nine bedroom/bathroom suites in total and a separate manager’s office. There is underground garaging for at least eight cars and a helipad for private landings.

Main House
The main house has been organised on a scale to allow for ambassadorial entertaining as well as conventional private family living. On the ground floor, there is a triple height reception area with marble flooring and French doors leading onto an extensive terrace overlooking the gardens. The Ground Floor, surrounded by wide marble terraces providing access to the gardens, incorporates a grand hallway, a sunken reception area, as well as bar and dining areas. The East Wing holds the Master-bedroom Suite consisting of a sitting area, bedroom and bathroom, a limed oak corridor between the bedroom and the bathroom, direct access to the East Wing pool balcony and the glass lift to the pool area. There are two powder rooms, conference room and library/reading room. The West Wing, at ground floor level, includes a cherry panelled office, open plan breakfast room and kitchen, private sitting room, two further powder rooms and the banqueting hall. There is also access to the West Wing pool, designed on a Roman theme with marble pillars and which provides a beauty salon, sauna and male and female dressing rooms. The First Floor incorporates eight bedroom/bathroom suites. Each is individually designed with balcony access. The Penthouse floor is divided into two suites, each comprising of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room and a powder room, dressing room and a walk through sitting/dining room. There is a terrace with infinity pool and central leisure/reception area. There are also a further three balconies/terraces, including the large terrace over the porte cochère. The Basement of the property includes an underground garage, which can hold up to eight luxury cars, various store rooms and the industrial kitchen with areas reserved for cold rooms, freezer rooms and a wash room. A corridor leading from the garage accesses a glass lobby which leads into the bowling alley and the gymnasium area. Close by are the male and female changing rooms, the cinema and the wine cellar. There is also a walk in strong room/safe, a billiard/snooker area and a squash court. The principal lift has been designed to service all floors and there is separate lift to connect the industrial kitchen with the breakfast room.

Estate Manager’s Office
Attached to the three bedroom guest accommodation building is the block providing further garaging for four vehicles, the laundry and the estate manager’s office with ensuite facilities.

Gatehouse
The gatehouse incorporates two bedrooms, a conservatory, a kitchen/breakfast room, a sitting room, two separate powder rooms, a security room and a waiting area. There are also two pool houses on the estate, one by each of the outside pools.

Staff Accommodation
There are two separate guest properties. One consists of six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen/dining area and an upstairs sitting room. The other includes three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen/dining area and upstairs sitting room.

Directions
Leave central London on the M4 motorway. At junction 4B turn left onto the M25. Turn off the M25 at Junction 13 and at the roundabout take the second exit signed “A30 Bagshot and Camberley”. The road sweeps down to a further roundabout. Take the second exit signed “A30 Bagshot and Camberley” onto the Egham by-pass. Proceed straight over the next roundabout, keep straight on until arriving in the village of Sunningdale. On entering the village turn left into the Chobham Road. Proceed to a roundabout and turn right. The entrance gates to Updown Court will be seen on the left hand side after approximately a mile.

16.10.2011 Reported today Updown Court sold to a foreign businessman for £35,000,000 – half the original £70,000,000 asking price