The origins of Hawley House can be traced to the mid to late 18th century, with subsequent additions, and as a result, this magnificent Grade II listed property still retains the grandeur of a bygone era, showcasing many character features and architectural details. These include elegant sash windows with their original working shutters, excellent ceiling heights with detailed cornicing, period fireplaces and impressive plasterwork. The house has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated by the current owners, an undertaking that only serves to enhance its character and appeal. Of notable interest and a rare find, is the large and beautifully preserved brick-lined ice well that, as its name suggests, was used to store ice before the days of artificial refrigeration. In addition to the main house, there is ancillary accommodation in the form of two 2-bedroom apartments located above the garage building that offer the opportunity of a generous rental income.
The house is approached from Fernhill Road via unassuming electric gates, opening onto a long driveway that sweeps through banks of rhododendrons and culminates in a large gravelled parking area and turning circle. Upon arrival, a large stone portico with a triglyph frieze and Tuscan columns, invites you to enter the house and into a stately reception hall. Here the parquet flooring, oak panelled walls, fireplace with log burner, and statement columned arches create a tremendous sense of arrival and successfully set the tone and character of this historic building. As might be expected of a property of this calibre, the principal reception rooms are impressive and provide significant spaces for formal and informal entertaining, possessing both pleasing proportions and fine detailing. The drawing room is especially inviting with its large bay window, ornate fireplace, parquet flooring, wall panelling, decorative ceiling plasterwork and comfortable ambience. Like the drawing room, the dining room also has a grand presence with three sets of sash windows, a fireplace, decorate ceiling plasterwork, and ample space to accommodate large gatherings. Adjoining the drawing room is a sitting room that provides optional relaxation space and boasts an impressive barrel vaulted ceiling, along with double doors opening out to the rear terrace. This room links with the generously proportioned orangery with its lofty glazed ceiling and terracotta tiled floor with detailed edging; a useful cloakroom discreetly occupies a corner of this room.
At the far end of the reception hall is the spacious kitchen/breakfast room, a sociable hub fitted with an extensive range of units, granite work surfaces, a large island, a Brittania range cooker, and integral appliances including two Neff dishwashers, Neff microwave, and a US style fridge/freezer. This room is light and airy thanks to the large bay window and there is ample space for a breakfast table, perfect for informal dining. Also located at this side of the house is a serene snug/library with a large bay window and a fireplace with inset log burner, and a cloakroom.
Situated on the lower ground floor is a dedicated cinema room, a kitchen, home office, utility room, warm room with shower, and two store rooms. On the first floor, many of the rooms enjoy wonderful views over the grounds and the accommodation is laid out to provide a sumptuous principal suite comprising a generously proportioned bedroom with a bay window, a fitted dressing room and a uniquely designed bathroom featuring a raised area with steps up to the Cleopatra Hydro Spa bath, a vanity unit with 'his and her' wash basins, a frosted glass enclosed area housing a separate shower, and a further frosted glass enclosure containing a bidet and WC. Also on this floor is a bedroom with an en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a family shower room.
Hawley House enjoys a tranquil tucked away setting, yet is conveniently placed between Camberley and Yateley, and is within easy reach of the M3, A30, and mainline train stations, thereby making this a supremely attractive property for those wishing to commute. Blackwater station provides direct services to Gatwick Airport and Reading, whilst trains to London Waterloo are available from Camberley and Farnborough stations.
Local amenities catering for day-today needs include a primary school, cricket ground, equestrian centre, a village hall, leisure centre, and a sailing club at the picturesque Hawley Lake, where wonderful walks may also be enjoyed. The nearby towns of Camberley, Yateley and Farnborough provide a more extensive range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities.
There are a number of highly regarded schools in the area, in both the state and independent sectors, including Hawley Primary School (just under a third of a mile from the property), Hawley Place School, Eagle House, Farnborough Hill, Yateley Manor, Lyndhurst School, Wellington College, and Kings International College.
Leisure and sporting pursuits in the region are in abundance, including golf at Camberley Heath and Pine Ridge Golf Clubs; horse racing at Ascot, Windsor, Kempton Park and Epsom, and pleasant walks in the local countryside and at Yateley Common Country Park and the National Trust land at Finchampstead Ridges, both within easy reach.
Coach House Apartments 1 & 2
Discreetly positioned away from the main house and located above the garaging, the apartments each have their own private entrances and comprise a kitchen/dining room, sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a cloakroom. They provide perfect bolt holes for visiting guests or the option of an income stream. It is worth noting that they benefit from independent
access to the driveway.
Housing a double garage,an open-fronted double garage, and a garden store. Block paving within a courtyard area providing parking space for several cars.
Gardens and Grounds
Amounting to about 17 acres, the gardens and grounds are a spectacular feature of the property and offer unsurpassed levels of privacy and seclusion. The owners have again added their exceptional touch to the grounds, ranging from formal gardens, a swimming pool area, a pond, a wild flower strewn meadow, small orchard, areas of woodland incorporating a tree house, all combining to create a child's paradise! The setting is quintessentially English and beautifully tranquil.
To the front of the house lies the wild flower meadow surrounded by woodland that has been lovingly maintained by the current owners, resulting in a feast for the eyes. To the rear of the house is an extensive terrace that, combined with the swimming pool area and a boules/petanque playing area, provides superb relaxation and entertaining space. The grounds contain numerous mature and specimen trees and shrubs including Wellingtonia, Cedar, Acers, Rhododendrons and Wisteria, to name a few.