The Ultimate January Sale? A £15 Million Surrey Estate That’s Now On The Market At £6.75 Million

After a couple of years on the market, the Chobham Park Estate has seen some changes and an eye-catching price reduction.

When the historic Chobham Park estate in leafy north-west Surrey came to the market a couple of years ago, our property correspondent Penny Churchill hailed it as ‘the first big estate sale of the year’.

That billing was more than justified: it’s an immaculately restored 300-year-old mansion with a string of other properties plus 100 acres of land in one of the most sought-after areas near London. With the property market still blazing along at the time, it was little surprise to see agents Knight Frank list the estate with a guide price of £15 million.

Almost two years later, though, it’s still on the market — and now being offered at just £6.75 million, a price cut of over 50%. So what has changed?

Well, the most obvious thing is that roughly half of the included land has been carved off: it’s now 53.75 acres instead of 105. But in terms of the main house itself, and the extra properties included, what Chobam Park has to offer is pretty much the same.

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Built using older materials in about 1700 on a site owned by Chertsey Abbey since 675, the principal estate house, Grade II- listed Chobham Park House, has been in its time a manor house, a royal hunting lodge, a gentleman’s country seat, a tenanted farmhouse, a grand country house and the heart of a pristine country estate.

Today’s immaculate Chobham Park Estate comprises the beautifully restored, 8,427sq ft, Georgian-fronted manor house, which is set at the end of a long, tree-lined drive and surrounded by lawned gardens, paddocks and parkland and woodland. It’s located about 1½ miles from Chobham village, roughly five miles north of Woking and south of Sunningdale.

The house, which has planning consent to extend by a further 3,500sq ft, offers elegant accommodation on three floors, including entrance and reception halls, four reception rooms, a large kitchen and breakfast room, a splendid master suite, seven further bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Still part of the sale are the extensive private offices, three secondary houses — Chobham Park Cottage, Little Chobham Park Cottage and the Tithe Barn — and everything a sport-mad family could wish for, including an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium and billiard room.

Some of the equestrian facilities — including a stable yard — were part of the land that’s been split off, but there are still 14 stable boxes and paddocks for those keen to keep and ride horses.

First recorded in 1535, Chobham Park was reputedly purchased by Henry VIII from John Cordery, Abbot of Chertsey, two years before Chertsey Abbey itself was dissolved; soon afterwards, the King had the park extended to some 500 acres.

In July 1558, Henry’s daughter, Queen Mary, sold the manor to her chancellor, Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York, for £3,000. On the Archbishop’s death, the Chobham manor house and estate passed to his nephew, Thomas, who sold them in 1606 to Francis Leigh, later 1st Earl of Chichester.

A year or so later, Leigh sold his Chobham estates to Antony Cope, who, in turn, sold them in 1614 to William Hale. In 1654, Hale’s son, John, sold the old manor house to Henry Henn, whose descendants were still in possession in 1681.

For much of the Henn family’s ownership, Chobham Park House was let to tenants, one of whom was James Martin, a prosperous East India merchant, whose son, John, later bought the estate.

The old manor house was pulled down in the late 17th or early 18th century, given that its listing entry dates the present Chobham Park House at ‘about 1700’. Some 30,000 bricks from nearby Woking Palace were used in the rebuilding, carried out probably by John Martin Jnr, who sold the estate in 1720.

From the late 1770s, Chobham Park House and farm were occupied by a succession of tenant farmers, until, in 1908, the estate was bought by Aynesely Greenwell, a wealthy Londoner who had the farmhouse altered and converted into a residence suitable for an Edwardian gentleman.

Twice sold in the 1920s, again in 1934 and after the war in 1947, from 1968 until 1985, Chobham Park — its lands by then much reduced in size — was owned by Sir Cranley Onslow.

It was later acquired by entrepreneur Anthony Tiarks, who, in 1996, sold Chobham Park House to Michael and Francesca Evans, the current owners, who have done a wonderful job keeping the place up.

As for the price cut and the reduction in the number of acres included? That’s very much a question for the potential buyer. Those after larger estate with more potential might have been tempted by the original 105-acre offering. But we’d guess that many looking for a beautiful country house in this area will be perfectly happy with 50-plus acres, and probably quite glad not to have to worry about managing the remainder — and save themselves over £8 million into the bargain.

Chobam Park Estate is for sale at £6.75 million — see more details and pictures.

Chobham: What you need to know Location: In the borough of Surrey Heath in the northwest of Surrey. Woking is approximately 3.7 miles to the south, Farnborough 10 miles to south west and London just over 30 miles away. There are stations at Longcross, Woking and Sunningdale

Atmosphere: The small, historic village has a high street formed of independent shops and boutiques, a large, 300-acre nature reserve plus plenty of charming pubs and restaurants making it a popular commuter-belt.

Things to do: Explore the village or take a walk through the Chobham Common nature reserve which is renowned for bird and wildlife watching.

Schools: Valley End C of E Primary School, The Horsell Village School and Gordon’s School are all rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

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Additional reporting by Penny Churchill

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