Mr Clarke thinks :
This is a home worthy of the pages of any interior design magazine.
Guide price £1.5-1.6m. Only a short stroll up the beautiful tree-lined Harestone Hill, Riddings Court, you will notice the impressive pointed spires, bristling turrets and grand stone masonry. This iconic Victorian home is a fun-filled place, bursting with Gothic architecture on the outside with original, quirky features on the inside. The moment you walk through the front door you feel at home. You can sense the history and it's just waiting to play stage to creating your own story.
Riddings Court oozes character over all it’s 4,300 sqft and four floors. If you love interesting history and are looking for a grand family home with dramatic features, exposed timber details and a large beautiful garden - then this one will make you proud.
Mrs Clarke loves :
It's warmth and grandeur are so charming.
As you head through the gates you notice that the mature trees, cottage style plants and the climbing greenery frame the house. Walk across the block paved drive towards the bright red solid oak door under the stone porch, turn your key and enter into the elaborate hallway. The beautiful parquet flooring and stunning tiles give you the welcome you deserve. Each room has an individual vibe, every wall is adorned with beautiful paint tones, or exposed beams.
The downstairs has a mix of large, open spaces to entertain in and intimate, private rooms to retreat to relax or work. We’ll probably show you the kitchen and family room first. This room is a show-stopper. The dramatic ceiling height and delicate coving create a calming atmosphere and licence to decorate in a way that suits your style. This long room is cleverly split into zones and the door that leads to the conservatory provides the in-out lifestyle so many people crave (it also makes a lovely spot for breakfast coffee). Granite work surfaces, cast iron radiators and a large range cooker make this hub perfect for guests to gather around for drinks and nibbles on the island.
The second living room is across the hall and has that parquet flooring as well as a bay window where your house plants will be very happy.
The study completes the ground floor. This room is somewhere we’re inspired to work. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy a midweek glass of wine whilst flicking through our latest home magazines. You can’t blame us as the wine cellar is another enviable feature of the home. You’ll also find the utility room down there as well as workshop space, coal store and storage for all your bits and bobs.
Let’s head up the hand crafted mahogany stairs to the upper floor. If you stop midway, you can enjoy the scenic views of the valley. These can be best enjoyed from the delightful balcony, and in Summer this is one of our favourite spots. The four bedrooms on this floor are all airy and have bright personalities. The colour of the master bedroom is very Pantone Colour of the Year, and the bespoke fitted wardrobes and a large en-suite are an added bonus. The main bathroom is more like a boutique spa than a normal bathroom. On the second floor is another very large bedroom with wardrobes. Being on the top floor, this room is so peaceful and would make a lovely and restful place to lay your head.
The garden is worthy of a feature on Gardener’s World. We can imagine Monty Don walking around and waxing lyrical about the heritage plants, the stunning backdrop and the wonderful lifestyle that the owners must have. All of this is over 1/3 of an acre. This is a discerningly different family home where children can run free, dogs can lie on the lawn and parents can kick back, relax and entertain friends.
- Three words : Beautiful. Historic. Home.
Our favourite part
Words are not enough to describe this home - you need to see it and feel it to believe it.
A friendly and thriving town in the picturesque Surrey Hills
This town in leafy East Surrey is a place of two complimenting halves. On one side, you’re bordered by the ever expanding, exciting growth of London and on the other by the sanctuary of the Surrey Hills and the magic North Downs. The town centre is a thriving mix of independent shops, well known high street staples, restaurants and every service one could wish for. You can be exploring in the countryside within a matter of minutes, and it is very popular for commuting into London - you can arrive at London Bridge in 45 minutes…enough time for catching up on that episode you’ve been anticipating, or completing a couple of word searches. Sitting on Junction 6 of the M25, it really is well connected.
Caterham has wonderful green spaces, notably Queens Park. It is home to sports teams, dog walkers, families and community events. Queen’s Park is found just off Church Road, near St Mary’s Church and St Lawrence’s Ancient Church. There’s a large playground for the little ones, tennis courts for those swotting up for Wimbledon and the highly social Caterham Bowls Club, which was founded in 1911. We dare you to go zorbing at GO Zorbing!
There are wonderful schools in the town, and it is well know for being the home of Caterham School - a leading independent, co-educational day and boarding school which is walkable!
You're surrounded by beautiful scenery
- Closest village/town: Pretty Surrey villages are a short drive away
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: There's everything you'll need on your door step
- Supermarket: Waitrose is right by the station - how handy!
- Pubs: The Harrow is a cosy hill top pub with over 400 years of history!
- Walks: There's so much surrounding greenery