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July 27, 2012

Surrey Hills star in Olympic cycle road race

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 2:45 pm

The picturesque villages and countryside around Dorking in Surrey will be in focus this weekend as the Olympic cycle road race passes through en route to the zig-zag roads on Box Hill, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and under the stewardship of the National Trust.

Jackson-Stops & Staff Dorking is launching the sale of The Old Vicarage in Betchworth this week, just a short distance from the cycle route.  

 Situated in the heart of the village, the lovingly converted Victorian vicarage is rich in history and boasts an impressive 5,387 square feet of accommodation, providing an elegant space large enough for the whole family. Although meticulously converted to a high modern standard, the house still retains some of its defining period features such as the bell tower, gothic arched front door and pauper’s hatch. There is a traditional vestibule that leads into the grand reception hall with a beautifully restored pitch pine staircase and access to the formal reception rooms, including a graceful dining room, drawing room and study, with high ceilings and large windows characteristic of the era, ensuring a flood of natural light throughout the day.

Upstairs, the property has eight  bedrooms that all provide picturesque views over the grounds – 1.75 acres in total – as well as views further afield to the North Downs Ridge.

 The village of Betchworth itself is peaceful, well connected and provides a thriving sense of community, with St Michael’s Church the setting for the country wedding scene in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.To the east is  Reigate, an historic market town with a plethora of stylish shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. To the west, Dorking has a Waitrose supermarket, a range of restaurants, sports centre with a swimming pool and for cultural events, Dorking Halls, with its concert halls and cinema.

 Reigate also benefits from being particularly well served by a mixture of state and independent schools for all ages, including Holmesdale, The Priory, Dunottar, Micklefield and The Hawthorns.

 The Old Vicarage is also ideally situated for the commuter, with Betchworth Station under a mile away, with Reigate, Dorking and Redhill stations all being easily accessible providing connections to London Bridge, Victoria, and Waterloo.  The M25 Junction 8 is around five miles to the north with links to London and the wider motorway network. Frequent fliers can also benefit, with Gatwick Airport around 11 miles away and Heathrow Airport 30 miles away.

 Dorne House, a handsome family house in Dorking, close to the road race route, is also being launched to the market by Jackson-Stops & Staff this weekend. The Olympic Rings on Box Hill can be seen from the upstairs windows.


Alan King, Director at Jackson-Stops & Staff in Dorking, said: “The countryside around Surrey has a lot to offer and there are some spectacular properties here. The Olympic cycle race will certainly help raise the profile of our pretty villages  – particularly to those who had not considered it as an option before.”


July 17, 2012

Art deco – with a contemporary twist

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 9:38 am

Recognisable for its cubic, zig-zag forms, the style and drama of art deco – at its height from around 1910 to the 1930s – is still hugely popular today. The style continues to inspire architects and 62 Sinah Lane in Hayling Island, Hampshire, is an elegant example of contemporary art deco-inspired design

On the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chichester, the house could easily be a backdrop for a scene in F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby – a new film version of which is due out later this year, destined to make the era even more popular with culture buffs.

Built two years ago as a celebration of the movement by architect Jeffrey Douglas, the dramatic four-bedroom waterside property has sharp edges and classic art deco features, harking back to the 1930s, yet still providing a comfortable, practical home. “I gave the style a modern twist, with a look specifically suited to the seaside” says Douglas, who took inspiration from famous art deco designers, such as Albert Moore and Wallis Gilbert & Partners, when designing the house.

Developer Nigel Slydell, who commissioned the work, has lived in the house for the past two years. “It’s 5,000 square foot inside, which makes it great for parties,” he says. “The way the double-height atrium catches the light bouncing off the shoreline is terrific.”

With famous examples of the style including the restored Tinside art deco lido in Plymouth, the Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted and The Troxy Cinema in Limehouse, East London, 62 Sinah Lane is in good company.

This is especially so on the south coast of England, with famed original art deco properties such as the Van Alen building, apartments on Brighton’s seafront, The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth and the De La Warr Pavilion, restored as an art gallery and auditorium in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Mark Astley, director of Jackson-Stops & Staff in Chichester, has noticed the enduring popularity of art deco-style properties, commenting that “some buyers will specify it as the only architectural style that interests them”.

He continues: “Recently there has been a renaissance in this particular style with some modern architecture revisiting that period, and new examples of art deco being built. Nigel’s property is a good example of how to create a superb modern art deco property that the architects of the 1920s and 30s could only have dreamt of, with today’s technology and resources available to them. On Sinah Lane in particular, there are three or four examples of the Bauhaus school of architecture. I am told that students of architecture seek out these showpieces of art deco style.”

For further information on 62 Sinah Lane – currently on sale for £1,750,000 – please see here.

July 3, 2012

The cream of the summer season

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 11:00 am

The English summer season is in full swing, with racing, the Festival of Speed and the Revival at Goodwood, polo at Cowdray Park, plus Wimbledon, Henley and Cowes Week some of the highlights in the social calendar.

Here is a selection of Jackson-Stops & Staff’s properties being marketed close to the action:

Lime Tree House, Wimbledon

1. Lime Tree House, Wimbledon Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships – 25th June – 8th July

This magnificent family property has been built to exacting standards, and offers the latest in home technology in a light and spacious home within easy reach of coveted Wimbledon Village.

£4,250,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Wimbledon 0208 879 0099

2. Malthouse, Chichester Goodwood Festival of Speed – 29th June – 1st July

In the midst of the South Downs National Park, this stunning Georgian farmhouse has been converted to link with the adjacent period malthouse, creating a unique family home.

£1,750,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chichester 01243 786316

3. Malmesbury House, Chester RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – 18th – 22nd July

This beautifully crafted neo-Georgian house sits in a private setting with extensive grounds and stunning views, and has been finished to the highest standards.

£1,750,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chester 01244 310351

Home Farm House

4. Home Farm House, Near Midhurst Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup British Open Polo Championship Final (Cowdray Park) – 19th July

This fine 17th century Grade II listed farmhouse, with cottage, sits in an elevated position and commands stunning views over the local countryside.

£2,450,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Midhurst 01730 812357

5. The Old Rectory, West Stoke, West Sussex Glorious Goodwood – 24th – 28th July

Occupying an enviable location in the South Downs National Park, this impressive Victorian country house has elegant proportions and is set in some 16 acres of gardens, paddock and bluebell wood.

£2,650,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chichester 01243 786316

6. Suffolk House, Chichester, West Sussex Goodwood Revival – 14th – 16th September

This attractive 18th townhouse occupies an enviable location near the heart of Chichester, and is currently being used as a 10-bedroom hotel but has consent for a change of use to create a stunning family home

£1,200,000/Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chichester 01243 786316