Property of the Day: Dunsborough Park, Surrey

A 100-acre rural estate 25 miles from London

THE PROPERTY: Dunsborough Park is a Grade II-listed property with eight bedrooms and five reception-rooms. Originally a modest Tudor farmhouse, Dunsborough has expanded over the centuries to become an impressive estate with 10 cottages, 17 stables, tennis courts, a swiming pool, and sprawling gardens. Elizabeth Taylor is thought to have spent one of her wedding nights there. 

THE LOCATION: The property occupies a rural setting, yet lies only 25 miles from the capital. Guildford and the picturesque Sussex Downs are within an easy drive, as are Sandown Park and Ascot racecourses.  

THE INTERIOR: The grand interior features double-height ceilings, silk wall coverings and marble fireplaces. The kitchen has a double Aga, a walk-in larder and a large conservatory overlooking the garden and parkland. The house has uninterrupted views across the river Wey.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The gardens are beautiful. Formally laid out in the 18th century, they include a series of traditional Edwardian greenhouses, a mulberry-tree thought to be more than 300 years old and a 70-foot Ginkgo hedge. The walled garden is divided into four areas (a rose, a knot, a topiary and an orchard) and there is also a water garden with shallow pools that run underneath an elegant stone bridge and pavilion.

BUY IT NOW: £17,000,000 with Savills

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