I think this one has been up for a while, but the 1930s Oliver Hill-designed Cherry Hill art deco property on the Wentworth Estate, Surrey has only just come into our radar.
Thanks to Steven for pointing it out, although pulling together the facts on this one has been tough. Of course, it the work of Oliver Hill, a name that regularly appear on these pages and is perhaps best known for his work on the iconic art deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe.
The listing doesn’t give much away, mentioning that it is a grade II-listed property and one-time home of former U.S Ambassador John Hay Whitney and Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney. It was indeed, for around 30 years.
But that was some time back. The house has had fortunes since. We have seen some images of the property certainly not looking its best and with that in mind, the renovation makes sense.
The most recent work was undertaken by Avanti Architects, who have quite helpfully described the work undertaken. From those notes, we find out that the house suffered from ‘recent poor quality interventions’ and ‘ad hoc additions’, both of which needed dealing with due to compromising the clarity of the original design.
Avanti rebuilt the western curved wing of the house, ‘re-formed’ the ground floor to provide a large open plan double height entertainment space, which linked to a new indoor pool and spa concealed below ground and created two guest bedroom suites at first floor set back from the principal facade.
The ‘original highly decorative’ art deco interiors of the main house were restored and the upper floor ‘re-configured’ to provide two master bedrooms with en-suites and dressing rooms.
The eastern wing was also adapted to provide a new kitchen, family room, study and home cinema with a below ground link to a ‘new self-contained staff suite’ added alongside the garage. It might be suggested that rather than resorting to 1930s pastiche.
The architects believe they have created what ‘Oliver Hill himself might have designed had he practised in the 21st century’. It is work that has been commended by Heritage England.
Of course, traditionalists might not like some of the finishes, but in light if the fact that so few were still in place, we are not amongst them in this case.
Oh yes, lots of land too. You get 4.1 acres and a position on the Wentworth Club’s championship golf course too. You know that will cost money. Interestingly, it wasn’t always the case. If you had jumped on this back in 2006, you could have had this one for around £4.75 million.
Ok, that’s not exactly affordable for the majority of us. But compared to the current asking price of around £30 million, it looks like something of a bargain.
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