Converted Lodge | Surrey | CR5
Converted Lodge | Surrey | CR5
Former Reading room
An exceptionally well finished, circa 1800 Sq ft, three bedroom, three bathroom, locally listed reading lodge in a leafy corner of Surrey with open plan living, private garden and parking.
Built around the turn of the last century, this Surrey home has a faint air of Victorian Gothic and was originally, as the name suggests, a gentlemen’s reading room.
Now though, it’s an exceptionally well finished three bedroom, three bathroom, locally listed home with an open-plan interior, private garden and parking. Fashion agency owner and interior designer Jane let her passion for Morocco, India and Ibiza influence the renovation of this remarkable building in the quintessentially English village of Chipstead in Surrey. Together with her husband Laurence, Jane embarked on a complete interior re-fit with the intention of creating a warm, stylish space that would work for them but also allow for additional family members coming to stay.
“We were living in Peckham and started looking further out of town to find a place where we wanted to settle” Jane explains. “We were after peace and quiet and a fairly rural setting but equally, we didn’t want to be much more than 40 minutes from London”. With Coulsdon South station just seven minutes away, central London is just 22 mins away with its fast services to Victoria and Thameslink to London Bridge, Blackfriars & St Pancras.
The Reading Room’s ground floor is largely open plan. From the vaulted reception hall with its guest WC, you’re straight into the living space with its corner bar and decorative fireplace. The custom built kitchen is partially open to the living area, but sits near the doors that open into the rear conservatory, as well as having a separate door to the rear terrace. Everything flows, as indeed it was designed to. Upstairs, Jane’s personal vision continues: there are two double bedrooms, both with beautiful en-suite bathrooms, while the principal room has a large walk-in dressing room behind louvred doors.
The third bedroom suite is a detached annex to the main house and feels more like a mini cottage. As you would expect, it’s beautifully dressed with a large bedroom and extravagant en-suite with roll-top bath as its focal point. The space is perfect for when family or friends decide to stop over but, in today’s new normal, it’s also ideal as a home office/studio that’s completely detached.
How about the surroundings? “We love the local walks” Laurence explains. Head out in any direction and the winding country paths take in some of the area’s picture-perfect views as they weave their way past the impressive manor houses that are such a feature of the neighbourhood. Once you’ve become accustomed to the tranquility this area offers, you forget that the essentials like supermarkets are just minutes away by car, in busy Banstead or Coulsdon.
Closer to home the relaxed, social side of life is taken care of with some great community clubs.
“The local rugby and cricket clubs have great bars” explains Laurence “and for our Sunday coffee fix, we head to Chai in Banstead”. And pubs? No village life would be complete without good locals. “The White Hart is great” says Jane “The food, drink and atmosphere are all amazing and the "Ramblers Rest" with a similar vibe are both within half a mile. If we’re having a quiet drink at home, we always stop by the Grape Variety, a fantastic wine & cheese shop that we can browse (when we're allowed to) but also delivers along with a great selection of pizzas. They Also host a weekly quiz night".
Chipstead Parade just a mile away hosts some great local retailers. There's a coffee shop, hairdressers, Post Office, convenience store and JWCC Butchers and Greengrocers. If a more extensive shop is required, there's a Waitrose in Both Cousldon (2.7 miles) and Banstead (2.9 miles) and an M&S in Banstead. Redhill is just 3 miles away. East Surrey Hospital is 4.6 miles away.
So where next? Jane is originally from Cheshire and feels it’s time to go home to be closer to family and friends. They’ve certainly left a legacy with this house for the next owners to thoroughly enjoy.
The Reading Room